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Clarke disappointed, blames it to a batting and fielding failure

Adelaide: Australian skipper Michael Clarke blamed his bowlers and fielders for their eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in the second final of the triangular series at the Adelaide Oval later on Tuesday.


Australia scored 271 for six but Sri Lanka achieved the target losing just two wickets and 4.4 overs to spare and Clarke said his side could neither utilise the bowling powerplay nor the batting powerplay, after the former decided to bat.

Clarke mentioned that something has happened to his hamstring, who played only his second match after recovering from a hamstring injury.

The Sri Lankan counterpart Mahela Jayawardene said he was disappointed with the fielding but credited the batsmen for finishing the job for them.

Farveez Maharoof had bowled a high full toss to Clarke, which was pulled away to the square leg boundary for a four. However, the umpire adjudged it as a no-ball quite late and Mahela was unhappy.

Tillakaratne Dilshan said he was enjoying his batting now after a bad-patch during his captaincy days. He was rewarded as the man of the match.