Sri Lanka caved in to a 10-wicket defeat to Australia before lunch in one of the shortest second innings scores of 113 inside of 23 overs at the Galle International Stadium on Friday. (PARA 2) After the Aussie spin machine of Travis Head 4 for 10,.Nathan Lyon 4 for 31 and Mitchell Swepson 2 for 34 had run through the Lankan second innings in next to no time,.David Warner plundered a boundary and six as Australia rattled off the 5 runs for victory to finish off the match with two and three quarter days to spare.
Lyon returned match figures of 9 for 121. Cameron Green was declared Player of the Match. (PARA 4) As Australian captain was to sum it up post match, “It is amazing. Turning up this morning I didn’t think it was going to happen that fast. It was in really foreign conditions, but in our plan we knew how everyone was to go about it.”.
Apparently, the Lankan camp was short of a durable plan judging by the pathetic performance of the frontline batsmen. Angelo Mathews had to cry off yesterday without further participation after testing positive to the Covid. Oshada Fernando came in for Mathews as per the rules in such an event.
CHIEF SCORES: Sri Lanka 212 And 113 (22.5 Overs).(Dimuth Karunaratne 23, Pathum Nissanka 14, Oshada Fernando 12, Dhananjaya de Silva 17, Dinesh Chandimal 13, Travis Head 4/10, Nathan Lyon 4/31, Mitchell Swepson 2/34) Australia 321 and 10/0 (David Warner n.o. 10, Usman Khawaja n.o. 00).