HAMBANTOTA (Agencies) - Just when the lions had closed in on their prey, the kangaroos found a way to defy fate and hop on to their first victory against Sri Lanka this summer. After a thorough whitewash at the hands of the Islanders in the T20 series, the Australians were down and out. However, the new ODI captain Michael Clarke rallied his troops, gathered whatever resources (read Xavier Doherty and Doug Bollinger) were necessary for the hot and tiring tour ahead and led a gutsy fight back. The islanders meanwhile will have some thinking to do before the 2nd ODI and must give due consideration to the abilities of a fast bowler to wreak havoc even on a dry pitch. The 2nd ODI will be staged at Hambantota which has hosted just two ODIs so far, that too in the 2011 World Cup. Both the matches were contextually minor in comparison to the upcoming ODI and it will be a good opportunity for the curator to present the pitch as a lively turf, unlike most of the slow and low pitches in Sri Lanka. Ideally, Australia will have the momentum and confidence ahead of this contest, but in their hearts they will be well aware that even a solitary mistake can turn the tide in Sri Lanka's favour. It will be interesting to see who blinks first. On a decent batting pitch, Sri Lanka's batsmen failed to get the job done, primarily because of their excessive need to throw caution to the wind. They had a good start courtesy Upul Tharanga, who during his stay reminded everyone of the vintage form that helped him collect 359 runs in the World Cup, and Dilshan, who after his repeated failures in England, seems to be on the right track in familiar conditions. It is the middle order which is culpable for gifting a few scalps to Johnson. Most of the batsmen including the veteran duo of Sangakkara and Jayawardene are in good shape and the likes of Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Matthews will be waiting to display their fireworks before the home fans after an appreciable performance in England. The bowlers didn't have much to bowl at and did their best to try and contain Shane Watson. However, once Watson shifted to fourth gear clobbering was the only word relevant given the six huge sixes that he smashed. While Suranga Lakmal's butter fingers didn't prove very costly, his spell with the ball did and it is all but certain that he will make way for a returning Lasith Malinga. Among the other bowlers Jeevan Mendis and Suraj Randiv were impressive though Ajantha Mendis seemed most threatening. Squad? Australia: S Watson, B Haddin, R Ponting, M Clarke, M Hussey, D Hussey, S Smith, M Johnson, B Lee, X Doherty, D Bollinger. Sri Lanka: U Tharanga, T Dilshan, D Chandimal, K Sangakkara, M Jayawardene, A Matthews, J Mendis, N Kulasekara, S Randiv, L Malinga, A Mendis.