In a closely fought battle, Australia defeated Sri Lanka by 5 runs in the third One Day International (ODI) match of the Commonwealth Bank Series at the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) Ground, here on Friday.
Chasing 232 runs to win the match, the entire Sri Lanka team returned back to the pavilion at 226 runs.
Earlier, Australians were all out at 231 runs
Australian bowlers bowled well to reduce the visitors to 119 for the loss of five wickets in 27.4 overs.
T Dilshan (40), K Sangakkara (22) and D Chandimal (37) could not convert the good start they got in the match.
A Mathews (64) tried to give a good resistance to the hosts and tried to give Sri Lanka their first win in the series.
He hit four boundaries and a six in the match.
Mathews and D Prasad (15) added 46 runs in the tenth wicket partnership and gave some hope to the Sri Lankan spectators.
However, Starc picked up the wicket of Mathews in 49.5 over in the game and thus ensured the home side their second win the tri-series.
Young spinner Xavier Doherty was impressive with the ball as he picked up two wickets by giving away only 24 runs in his quota of 10 overs.
Starc, D Christian picked up two wickets each in the game.
Earlier, Australia also faced problem when Wade (1) and Ponting (1) were dismissed in the initial stage of the match. The Australian scorecard stood at 26 for the loss of 2 wickets at the end of 4.3 overs in the match.
Skipper M Clarke played an important knock of 57 runs and remained the top-scorer in the innings. He was also named the man of the match in the game.
However, Australia kept n losing wickets at crucial junctures in the match and could only manage 231 runs in their quota of 50 overs.
A Mathews bowled well and picked up two wickets in the match by giving away only 37 runs.
Malinga, Kulasekara, D Prasad and Senanayake shred two wickets each in the match.
Earlier, India had defeated Sri Lanka in the second match of the tournament while Australia had beat India in the first match.
At the end of the three games of the series, Australia stand at the top of the table with four points.