Sri Lanka clinched another victory over Australia on day 5 of the third and final Test of this series at Colombo (SSC). Sri Lanka began the day on their overnight score 312/8 and scored 347/8 before made declaration their innings. Sri Lanka put 324 runs in the front of the visitors Australia.
Chasing that total, Australia started very well but a quick top and middle collapse put them far behind the target. Finally Sri Lanka won the match by 163 runs after rapping up the visitors for 160 runs.
With this win, Sri Lanka completed clean sweep to Australia in the 3-match Test series as the hosts won the series by 3-0.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 355 (Dinesh Chandimal 132, Dhananjaya de Silva 129, Mitchell Starc 5/63) & 347/8 decl. (Kaushal Silva 115, Dhananjaya de Silva 65*, Mitchell Starc 1/19)
Australia – 379 (Shaun Marsh 130, Steven Smith 119, Rangana Herath 6/81) & 160 (David Warner 68, Mitchell Starc 23, Rangana Herath 7/64)
Result – Sri Lanka won by 163 runs
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 5 of 3rd Test:
- After scoring a terrific century in the first innings of this Test match, Sri Lankan batsman Dhananjaya de Silva scored another half-century in the second innings on day 5. Coming to bat on his overnight score 44, de Silva scored 65* at the declaration of Sri Lanka’s innings. Dhananjaya de Silva became the 7th Sri Lankan batsman to score 50+ runs in the both innings of a Test match against Australia. Also he became first Sri Lankan batsman to score a century and another 50+ runs in the same Test match against Australia.
Dhananjaya de Silva scored total 194 runs on aggregate (129 & 65*) in this Test match. He became second highest scorer on aggregate for Sri Lanka in a Test match against Australia. 249 (57 & 192) was the highest aggregate score for Sri Lanka in a Test match against Australia and that had been done by former Sri Lankan batsman Kumar Sangakkara at Hobart in 2007.
- Sri Lanka scored total 702 runs (355 & 347/8 decl.) in this Test match on aggregate. It was Sri Lanka’s second highest aggregate total in a Test match against Australia. Sri Lanka’s highest aggregate total in a Test match against Australia was 711 runs at Colombo (SSC) in 1992.
- Australia were bundled out for 160 runs in their second innings of this Test. It was Australia’s 4th lowest total against Sri Lanka in a completed (bowled out) Test innings.
- Like the first innings of Australia’s innings in this Test, Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath once again bowled dangerously against the visitors and finished with the bowling figure of 18.1-3-64-7 in the Australia’s second innings. It was the best bowling figure in a Test innings by a Sri Lankan bowler against Australia.
- Sri Lankan bowler Rangana Herath took total 13 wickets (6/81 & 7/64) in this Test. It was the most no. of total wickets taken in a Test match against Australia by a Sri Lankan bowler. The previous most no.of wickets taken by a Sri Lankan bowler against Australia in a Test match was 11 wickets (77.3-14-212-11) by Muttiah Muralitharan at Galle in 2004.
Rangana Herath’s this Test match bowling figure were 56.2-14-145-13. It is the 4th best bowling figure on aggregate by an Asian bowler against Australia in a Test match.
- Sri Lankan left-arm spinner Rangana Herath completed 3 times 5-wicket haul in this 3-match Test series. Apart from twice 5-wicket haul in this Test, Herath had also taken another 5-wicket haul in the first Test of this Test series at Pallekele (5/54 in the Australia’s 2nd innings). Herath became second most no.of 5-wicket haul completed bowler for Sri Lanka in a Test series against Australia. Muttiah Muralitharan is leading in this list with completing 4 times 5-wicket haul in the 3-match home Test series (against Australia) in 2004.
- Sri Lanka made a clean sweep over Australia in this 3-match Test series by beating the visitors 3-0 in this series. Playing more than 2 Tests in a Test series, it was Sri Lanka’s 4th clean sweep series in Test history. However, till the date Sri Lanka has never played more than 3 Tests in a Test series.