| Ricky Ponting, on way to his unbeaten 90, on Sunday |
Hambantota: Ricky Ponting cracked an impressive 90 not out to steer Australia to an easy eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the second one-day International Sunday.
Ponting hit one six and eight fours in his 106-ball knock and skipper Michael Clarke made an unbeaten 58 as Australia surpassed Sri Lankas total of 208 with more than 11 overs to spare for a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
The duo had also scored half-centuries in their teams seven-wicket win in the previous match. Fast bowler Doug Bollinger led Australias disciplined attack with three wickets to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest total before Ponting and Clarke ensured victory with their 107-run stand.
Clarke, playing his 200th one-day International, hit two sixes and four boundaries in his 67-ball knock. Ponting also added 94 for the second wicket with in-form opener Shane Watson (43) after the early dismissal of Brad Haddin.
Watson, who became the first batsman to complete 1,000 runs in one-dayers this year, was bowled by Lasith Malinga after hitting one six and four boundaries in his 51-ball knock. Bollinger was earlier superbly backed by fast bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Brett Lee, who bagged two wickets apiece.
Former captain Kumar Sangakkara top-scored for Sri Lanka with a patient 52, hitting just one six and one four in his 85-ball knock. He added 63 for the fifth wicket with Angelo Mathews (35).