Sydney’s fiendish peak-hour traffic held up Sri Lanka and its weather denied their bowlers invaluable match practice, but Mahela Jayawardene gave fans in western Sydney a memento against NSW in the Twenty20 match at Blacktown Olympic Park.
Jayawardene smashed 59 off 35 balls in the tourists’ 23-run win and, along with Tillakaratne Dilshan, ensured speedster Brett Lee’s disappointing week continued.
Lee, overlooked for Australia’s Twenty20 and ODI squads earlier this week, conceded 44 runs from four wicketless overs as Sri Lanka posted an imposing 4-167 from 20 overs.
In pursuit of a revised target of 123 from 14 overs after a 45-minute rain delay, the Blues reached a modest 2-99, with Usman Khawaja top-scoring with an unbeaten 32, but their chase lost impetus after the dismissal of opener Phillip Hughes for 30.
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