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* Sri Lanka beats Australia by one wicket in the ODI opener
Wed, Nov 3, 2010, 06:44 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 03, Melbourne: Sri Lanka claimed the victory against Australia by one wicket in the opening match of the One-Day International tri-series Wednesday at the Melbourne Cricket Grounds.

Incredible batting by Angelo Mathews with a not out 77 and Lasith Malinga for 57 in the last 25 overs combined with Thisara Perera's bowling in the first inning led to the unexpected finish.

Chasing a target of 240 Sri Lanka was stumbling with 111/8 at the end of 26th over when Mathews was joined by Malinga for the ninth wicket partnership to bring the phenomenal victory.

Sri Lanka faces the hosts again in Sydney on Friday (Nov 05).

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