Sri Lanka vs Australia at Melbourne on 3rd November 2010
(Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga snatched a remarkable victory)
It was the opening game of the three-match series. The hosts decided to bat first after winning the toss and managed to score 239/8 (50 overs). Their middle-order batsman Michael Hussey (71*) was their only batsman to score 50+ runs.
In the second innings, Sri Lanka were losing their wickets very quickly without adding any notable partnership. The visitors were once battling on 107/8 in the 26th over. While there was no hope left for Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews and Lasith Malinga provided the remarkable 132 runs partnership for the ninth-wicket that helped the visitors to keep their dream on with the time progress.
After scoring 56 off 48 balls (6 fours and 2 sixes), Malinga just failed to confirm the victory as he was dismissed in the 44th over through a run-out when the scores were level. On the second ball of the next over, Muttiah Muralitharan secured the victory by successfully hitting a four. While Sri Lanka won that match by one wicket with 34 balls to spare, Player of the Match Mathews remained not out on 77 runs off 84 balls (8 fours and only six).