AUSTRALIA was immediately on the back foot after being sent in to bat on a damp Adelaide Oval in the second one-dayer against Sri Lanka yesterday.
Play had been delayed for 30 minutes due to rain, with Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene having no hesitation in bowling after winning the toss.
That decision was vindicated as Australia slumped to 6-83 before veteran Brad Haddin and debutant Ben Cutting launched a rescue mission.
Opener Aaron Finch failed again, caught for just four, before Friday's hero Phil Hughes followed suit for just three.
Captain George Bailey (26) and David Hussey (29) were unable to capitalise on good starts in conditions that were helpful to the Sri Lankan seamers.
Steve Smith and Glen Maxwell both failed, before Haddin and Cutting dug in and added 57 for the seventh wicket.
That partnership was cut short when Lasith Malinga had Cutting caught behind for 27, with the Sri Lankan speedster removing debutant Kane Richardson first ball to have Australia reeling at 8-140.