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Poor Australia slump to defeat

Australia suffered a disappointing four-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in the third ODI in Brisbane after they were dismissed for just 74.

The score could have been considerably worse for the hosts after they were reduced to 40-9 - with Mitchell Starc and Xavier Doherty able to steer the score past Australia's record low of 70.

Starc led the way with an unbeaten 22 off 28 balls, while Doherty added 15 before Shaminda Eranga ended the stand - with the duo the only Australians to reach double figures.

Australia had twice been dismissed for 70 in the past - against England in 1977 and New Zealand in 1985/86 - while this was only the fifth time they had scored less than 100.

Nuwan Kulasekara had done the damage with the ball, taking a career-best 5-22 to rip the heart out of the Australia innings.

Lasith Malinga also weighed in with three wickets, while Angelo Mathews started the rot with the removal of David Warner with the 13th ball of the day.

Sri Lanka didn't have things their own way, though, as Clint McKay removed Mahela Jayawardene in the opening over, while Mitchell Johnson took advantage of the conditions with a triple salvo.

Sri Lanka were guilty of looking for the big shots - and had Australia taken their chances, they too could have been dismissed for a low total.

Tillakaratne Dilshan's luck finally ran out - after two close calls - when he edged Johnson to Clarke for 22, while a stunning catch from Warner off the same bowler accounted for Thirimanne (7).

Mathews followed for a golden duck to give Australia hope, however the break in play for tea came at the wrong time for the hosts.

Sri Lanka came out swinging after the interval - and although Starc removed Upul Tharanga for 12 and Jeevan Mendis for two, Kushal Janith Perera (22no) saw them home.