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Cricket: Nathan stars.

CRICKET: Nathan Bracken's five-wicket haul inspired Australia to a comfortable 128-run victory over an out-of-sorts Sri Lanka in the Triangular Tournament at the Sydney Cricket Ground today.

The paceman earned career-best figures and claimed the crucial wickets of opener Sanath Jayasuriya and Kumar Sangakkara, who top-scored for the Sri Lankans with 42 and looked the main threat. He then helped skittle the lower order as the tourists managed just 125 off 31.3 overs chasing a target of 254.

Michael Clarke's unbeaten half-century had guided Australia to 253 for six, and in reply the tourists failed to recover from a dismal start.

They lost openers Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga to consecutive balls early on for just seven and 10 respectively.

Australia 253-6 (M J Clarke 77 no, A C Gilchrist 61) v Sri Lanka 125 (N W Bracken 5-46).

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 128 runs.
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 8, 2008
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