Sri Lanka won the 3-match Test series against Australia after winning the second Test at Galle on day 3. Coming into bat at the overnight score of 25/3, Australia collapsed for just 183 runs. Sri Lanka won this Test by 229 runs.
With this win, Sri Lanka also won the Test series. Currently, the hosts are leading by 2-0 after the end of the second Test. The third and final Test of this series will begin from 13th August at Colombo (SSC).
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) & 183 (David Warner 41, Steven Smith 30, Dilruwan Perera 6/70)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 229 runs
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 3 of 2nd Test:
- Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera became the fastest Sri Lankan bowler to take 50 Test wickets. Perera achieved this feat in his 11 Tests. Ajantha Mendis was the previous fastest Sri Lankan bowler to complete 50 Test wickets and that was in 12 Tests.
- Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera once again bowled very well like Australia’s first innings in this match. Perera finished the second innings of this match with the bowling figure 23-5-70-6. It was the best bowling figure by a Sri Lankan bowler against Australia in a Test innings.
- Sri Lankan off-spinner Dilruwan Perera completed 10-wicket haul in this Test match. Perera’s overall bowling figure in this Test was 38-9-99-10. It was the second best Test match bowling figure by a Sri Lankan bowler against Australia. Sri Lanka’s best Test match bowling figure against Australia was 11/212 by Muttiah Muralitharan at Galle in 2004. Perera became only third Sri Lankan bowler to clinch 10-wicket haul in a Test against Australia. Muttiah Muralitharan and Upul Chandana (10/210 at Cairns in 2004) did this before Perera.
- In this Test, Sri Lankan cricketer Dilruwan Perera scored a 50+ with his bat and also completed a 5-wicket haul with his bowling. Perera became 4th Sri Lankan Test cricketer to score a 50+ and also take 5 wickets in an innings.
- Rangana Herath took 2 wickets in the Australia’s second innings of this Test. After claiming the Starc’s wicket on day 3, Herath clinched 84th wicket on this ground in his 15 Tests. It was the 4th highest no. of wickets taken by a bowler in a single ground. With the Starc’s wicket, Herath surpassed former Zimbabwean fast bowler Heath Streak (83 wickets in 19 Tests at Harare Sports Club) in this list.
- Like the Australia’s first innings of this Test match, Sri Lankan spinners once again took 9 Australian wickets in the second innings. It was the 5th time in Test history that Sri Lankan spinners took 9 or more Australian wickets in an innings.
- Sri Lankan spinners took total 18 wickets (9 wickets in the 1st innings and 9 wickets in the second innings) in this match. It was Sri Lankan spinners’ jointly best performance against Australia. In the last match at Pallekele, Sri Lankan spinners took total 18 Australian wickets for the first time in Test history.
- Australian batsmen faced total 501 deliveries in this Test match. In the Test history, it was the lowest deliveries faced by Australian batsmen in Asia in a losing cause. The previous record was 554 deliveries were faced by Australian batsmen against India at Mumbai in 2004.
Also, these 501 deliveries were the third lowest deliveries faced by Australian batsmen in a Test in Asia. On the other hand, these 501 deliveries were the eight lowest deliveries faced by Australian batsmen in a Test losing cause.
- Sri Lanka won this match by 229 runs. It was Sri Lanka’s largest Test victory (by runs) against Australia and also 7th largest Test victory (by runs) in overall. Also, it was Sri Lanka’s 5th largest Test victory (by runs) in their home ground.
10. Australia lost this match by 229 runs. It was Australia’s third largest Test defeat (by runs) in Asia. Australia’s other two top largest defeats in Asia were: by 356 runs against Pakistan at Abu Dhabi in 2014 and by 320 runs against India at Mohali in 2008.
11. With this second Test win, Sri Lanka also secured the 3-match Test series as they are leading by 2-0. It is the first time in Test history that Sri Lanka has won more than one Test against Australia in a Test series.
Also, it was the second time Sri Lanka won a Test series against Australia. Before this, Sri Lanka had won 1999 Test series (by 1-0; 3-match Test series) against Australia at home.