3 Mar 2012

Sri Lanka beat Australia to send India home

9:07 am on 3 March 2012

Sri Lanka beat Australia by nine runs despite Dan Christian's hat-trick in a dramatic one-day cricket international last night to book their place in the final of the Tri-series against the hosts and send India home.

India needed their sub-continental rivals to lose the last round-robin clash to keep their tour alive but Sri Lanka made 238 all out from their 50 overs before dismissing Australia, who had already secured their place in the final, for 229.

Australia went into the final over of their innings needing 10 runs for victory but Nuwan Kulasekera had David Hussey caught for 74 with the first ball to spark emotional celebrations among the Sri Lankans.

All rounder Christian had earlier taken the 31st hat-trick in one-day internationals, just the fourth by an Australian.