Veteran Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath continued to pile misery on Australian batsman as his first Test hat-trick helped the hosts to dismiss the visitors for a paltry total of 106 runs on day two of the second Test at Galle. The left-arm spinner joins Nuwan Zoysa (against Zimbabwe in 1999) as the only men from Sri Lanka to take a Test hat-trick. At the age of 38, Herath also became  the oldest player in history to take a Test hat-trick.

Herath dismissed Adam Voges, Peter Nevill, and Mitchell Starc in consecutive deliveries as Australia could add only 52 runs to their overnight score of 54 for two. The hat-trick, however, came with a little bit of drama as he was made to wait for his hat-trick to be confirmed due to a lengthy review from the third umpire after the on-field umpire  had initially turned down Herath’s LBW appeal against Starc. And as replays suggested the ball was pitching just in line and hitting into the stumps, the on-field decision was overturned and the 38-year old was mobbed by his delighted teammates.

Meanwhile, resuming on the overnight score of 54 for 2, the Australian batsmen could not add much as they lost their third and fourth wicket after adding only 5 runs.  Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh then added 21 runs for the fifth wicket.But then the hat-trick from  Herath opened the floodgates as the visitors lost their last six wickets for only 26 runs. Herath and Dilruwan Perera took four wickets apiece as Sri Lanka, after scoring 281 runs in the first innings, now leads the Aussies by 175 runs.

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