Sri Lanka vs Australia - Day 2 (2nd Test)

Day 2 of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Galle was exciting as it was raining wickets. A total whopping 21 wickets were fell on the day. Australia began the day 2 with their overnight score 54/2 but collapsed for just 106 runs.

With the handy first innings lead of 175 runs, Sri Lanka made 237 runs in their second innings before being bundled out for 237.

Chasing a big total of 413 runs, Australia once again came to bat at the end of the day. At the stumps of day 2, Australia is in huge trouble as they are 25/3.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 281 (Kusal Mendis 86, Angelo Mathews 54, Mitchell Starc 5/44) & 237 (Dilruwan Perera 64, Angelo Mathews 47, Mitchell Starc 6/50)

Australia – 106 (David Warner 42, Mitchell Marsh 27, Dilruwan Perera 4/29) & 25/3 (David Warner 22*, Joe Burns 2, Dilruwan Perera 2/9)

Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 2 of 2nd Test:

  1. On the day 2, Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath bowled superbly and claimed a hat-trick after dismissing three Australian batsmen (Adam Voges, Peter Nevill, and Mitchell Starc) on three successive deliveries. Here are some important stats of Herath’s this hat-trick:

i) Rangana Herath’s this hat-trick was 42nd Test hat-trick by a bowler.

ii) At the age of 38 years and 139 days, Rangana Herath becomes the oldest international bowler to claim a hat-trick.

iii) Herath becomes the second Sri Lankan bowler to claim a Test hat-trick. Pacer Nuwan Zoysa was the first Sri Lankan bowler to achieve a Test hat-trick which was he earned against Zimbabwe at Harare in 1999.

iv) Rangana Herath is the only second left-arm orthodox bowler to take a hat-trick in Test cricket. Before a Herath, former English left-arm orthodox bowler Johnny Briggs had taken a Test hat-trick and that was against Australia in Sydney in 1892.

 

  1. Sri Lankan spinners took total 9 wickets (Dilruwan Perera 4/29; Rangana Herath – 4/35 and Lakshan Sandakan 1/0) during Australia’s first innings of this match. It was the 4th time in Test history that Sri Lankan spinners took 9 or more Australian wickets in an innings. Only once Sri Lankan spinners grabbed all the 10 Australian wickets in a Test innings and that was in the last Test at Pallekele (4th innings of that match).

 

3. Australia bundled out at 106 runs in their 1st innings of this Test match. It was their lowest completed total against Sri Lanka in Test history. Australia’s previous lowest Test total (completed) against Sri Lanka was 120 at Kandy in 2004.

 

4. Like the first innings in this Test, Australian pacer Mitchell Starc once again claimed 5-wicket haul in the second innings of this Test and finished with the figure of 12.3-1-50-6 in that innings. Starc’s this 6/50 is the best Test innings bowling figure by a pacer at Galle. The previous best was 5/42 by Sri Lankan pacer Dilhara Fernando against India in 2001

 

5. Starc took a total of 11 wickets in this match (5/44 in the 1st innings and 6/50 in the 2nd innings). Here are some stats of Starc’s 11 wickets:

i) It was the first 10-wicket haul for Starc in his Test career. His previous best Test match bowling figure was 8/209 against South Africa at Perth in 2012.

ii) Starc’s 11/94 bowling figure is the best bowling figure at Galle by a pacer. The previous best bowling figure by a pacer in Galle Test was 9/99 by Dale Steyn (South Africa) against Sri Lanka in 2014.

iii) As a visiting pacer, Starc’s 11/94 was the second best bowling figure in Sri Lanka. The best Test bowling figure by a visiting pacer in Sri Lanka is 11/71 by Mohammad Asif (Pakistan) against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2006.

 

6. Sri Lankan no.8 batsman Dilruwan Perera scored an important 64 runs during Sri Lanka’s second innings of this match. It was the second highest Test score by a no.8 or more lower-order Sri Lankan batsman against Australia. The highest Test score by a Sri Lankan batsman from no.8 to no.11 against Australia is unbeaten 68 by Chaminda Vaas at Kandy in 2004.

 

7. On day 2, a total 21 wickets fell. It is the second most wickets in a day’s play of Tests in Asia. The highest no. of wickets in a day’s play of Tests in Asia is 22. The game was played between Sri Lanka and England at Colombo (SSC) in 2001.

Also, total 33 wickets (12 wickets on day 1 and 21 wickets on day 2) have fallen in the first two days of this Test match. It is the most no. of wickets to fall in the first two days of a Test in Sri Lanka.