Sri Lanka thrashed Australia by 229 runs in the second Test in Galle. Skipper Angelo Mathews described this win as Sri Lanka’s historic Test series wins against Australia. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath, the pair forced to dismantle the Australian batting in both the innings as the hosts took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Perera bagged six wickets to help bundle out Australia for 183 after lunch on the third day as Sri Lanka registered their first Test series triumph against the visitors since 1999.
“It feels great. The way we played in the last two games, I thought we were brilliant. To beat the number one team is very satisfying,” Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews told.
Overnight batsmen David Warner and skipper Steven Smith offered some resistance with their 51-run fourth wicket partnership but both of them fell to Perera’s guile. Warner, who tried to counter attack during his 31-ball 41, was trapped lbw off a straighter Perera delivery that hit the batsman on the front pad.
Man of the match Perera, who bagged 10 wickets in the match, then bowled Adam Voges for 28 to register his fourth five-wicket haul in 11 Test matches.
“They (Australian batsmen) look a bit lost when it comes to our spinners. Our spinners have bowled extremely well. They found it a bit hard to score off our spinners,” said Mathews.