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Sri Lanka have been crushed by Australia in the opening One Day International (ODI) played at Kandy courtesy of Mitchell Johnson who bowled his career-best bowling.

Sri Lanka, after winning the toss opted to bat first and their openers Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan got off a convincing start with a string of boundaries. They provided a 54 runs opening start to their team. Tharanga was the first batsman to go back to the pavilion. He scored 34 runs. He was clean bowled by Xavier Doherty, and three overs later, Dilshan was caught by David Hussey at mid-on off the bowling of left-arm fast bowler Doug Bollinger.

With the wicket of Dilshan Sri Lanka’s stumble started as another left-armer took control with the ball. His fist prey was the dashing right- handed batsman Mahela Jayawardene (3) and the stylish left-handed batsman Kumar Sangakkara (13) was the second vital victim of Johnson.

In the mean time Bollinger took the wicket of Dinesh Chandimal before Johnson came back to push Sri Lanka deep in trouble by taking two more wickets. He grasped the wicket of Angelo Mathews (15) and Jeevan Mendis (two).

Towards the end of their batting line Nuwan Kulasekara and Randiv showed some resistance and built a blistering partnership of 60 runs which was decorated by six boundaries and three sixes which amused the local crowd.

It was again the left-arm fast-medium bowler Johnson who provided a breakthrough and broke the partnership ultimately and completed his fifer by sending Randiv back to the pavilion on 41. He was caught by Doherty.

The next batsman to go back to the pavilion was Ajantha Mendis who fell five balls later to Johnson without opening his account. However the innings was wrapped up by the Aussies’ pace spearhead Brett Lee. He took the wicket of the fighter of the Sri Lankan innings Kulasekara on 34.  

So the Left-armer Johnson secured six wickets conceding 31 runs in his quota of 10 overs and the hosts were bundled up for just 191 runs in 41.1 overs. Amongst the Sri Lankan batsmen Suraj Randiv was the top scorer with 41 and facilitated his team to reach somewhat a respectable total.

Australia chased the target as easy as ABC and finished things off in their favour in just 38.1 overs with three top order batsmen Ricky Ponting, Shane Watson and Michael Clarke scoring more than fifty.