PERTH Australia, Jan. 2, Allrounder Tony Dodemaide followed his test debut haul of seven wickets against New Zealand last week with five wickets on Saturday as Australia crushed Sri Lanka by 81 runs in the opening match of the world series cup one day competition,

Dodemaide took five for 21 in 7.4 overs in his first one day international, wrapping up the Sri Lankan innings for 168 with wickets off the first two balls of the 45th over.

But the man of the match award went to another all-rounder, Steve Waugh.

He struck an entertaining unbeaten 35 in Australia’s 50over score of 249 for seven and then weighed in with three for 34 from his 10 overs.

Only some spirited resistance by tailenders Guy De Alwis and Graeme Labrooy saved Si Lanka from a bigger hiding.

Wicketkeeper De Alwis came in with the score at 78 for six in the 29th over and stayed to score 44 off 41 deliveries before being caught at deep backward square leg off Dodemaide.

He and Labrooy, who scored 33, put on 50 in 29 minutes for the ninth wicket.

Dean Jones, who averaged only 13 in the just completed test series against New Zealand, showed a welcome return to form with a punishing 55 off 63 deliveries after the Australians had been put in,

Opener David Boon was top scorer with 56.

Article extracted from this publication >> January 8, 1988