Australia vs Sri Lanka: Mitchell Starc guides hosts to 366-run win at Canberra as Tim Paine and Co sweep Test collection

Canberra: A resurgent Mitchell Starc took 5 wickets as Australia wrapped up a confidence-boosting 2-Zero collection thrashing of Sri Lanka Monday, with the vacationers skittled for 149 within the second Test at Canberra.

In entrance of a sparse crowd on Day 4, Sri Lanka resumed on 17 with out loss, needing a frightening 516 to win and ended 366 quick.

Mitchell Starc performed a central position within the Austalian victory at Canberra together with his 10-wicket match haul. AP

There was little resistance from the under-strength guests who wilted beneath a tempo onslaught led by spearhead Starc, who ended with 5-46 and took 10 wickets within the recreation as he emphatically bounced again from a lean spell.

Tim Paine set the large run chase after declaring Australia’s second innings at 196 for 3, following their mammoth first innings 534 for 5 declared. Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 215 in reply.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne had survived a tricky six overs on Sunday forward of stumps, they usually resumed with hopes excessive of placing up a battle.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake had made clear the staff needed to a minimum of take the sport right into a fifth day to supply some momentum forward of a Test tour to South Africa, beginning in Durban later this month. But Karunaratne didn’t heed the message.

He failed so as to add to his in a single day eight with Starc, bowling at near 145 kph (90 mph), clipping his leg bail in solely the third over of the day.

It was a giant blow for Sri Lanka with the skilled opener their finest batsman within the first innings earlier than he was struck within the head by a Pat Cummins bouncer.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal additionally didn’t ship, struggling in opposition to the pace and bounce of a fired-up Starc, bowling at maybe his finest over the previous yr.

He poked at an away swinger and was caught at slip for 4 by Marnus Labuschagne, capping a depressing collection wherein he managed simply 24 runs in two Tests.

Niroshan Dickwella was subsequent in, promoted to quantity 4 from his regular six and the wicketkeeper-batsman was constructing a helpful partnership earlier than Thirimanne was eliminated by Cummins for 30.

Thirimanne tried to fend off a brief ball from the paceman but it surely ricocheted off his bat and Cummins took an athletic diving catch.

It went from dangerous to worse for Sri Lanka with Dickwella bowled by Starc for 27 simply earlier than lunch and Kusal Perera, cleared to play after taking a success on the helmet on Sunday, out for a golden duck subsequent ball.

They went to lunch at 87 for 5 with with Dhananjaya de Silva lasting simply six balls after the break earlier than he supplied a weak shot to Jhye Richardson and despatched a straightforward catch to Travis Head at mid-on.

Young gun Kusal Mendis added a brisk 42 earlier than being caught at cowl and the tail quickly folded.

Dire run

It prolonged a dire run of Test outcomes for troubled Sri Lanka, who had been lacking their three injured strike bowlers in Canberra.

They have now misplaced a house collection to England 3-0, then away to New Zealand 1-Zero to go together with their two defeats in Australia. Australia gained the primary Test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs and finish their summer season on a excessive after dropping an intense house collection in opposition to top-ranked India.

While they had been outplayed by Virat Kohli’s males, they a minimum of broke a century drought stretching again to October in Canberra, with Joe Burns, Travis Head, Kurtis Patterson and Usman Khawaja all cashing in.

Their knocks put them in prime place for the Ashes tour to England — their subsequent Test project later this yr the place champion seam bowlers James Anderson and Stuart Broad await.

Starc’s Canberra efficiency cemented his place within the facet, whereas Richardson emerged as a helpful praise to fellow tempo bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Cummins.


Published Date: February 04, 2019

| Updated Date: February 04, 2019


Updated Date: Feb 04, 2019 10:44:12 IST


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