“Sri Lanka First Test Series Against Australia”
On this day in 2016, Sri Lanka registered their first test series win against the mighty Australian side in nearly 17 years. Let us look at Sri Lanka First Test Series Against Australia in detail.
It was a day to remember for all the Sri Lankan cricket fans as the Lankan side not just won the series they ended 17-year series winless drought against Australia and the victory looked sweeter by the fact that it was achieved inside 3 days.
Sri Lanka were already up by 1-0 in the series after crushing the opponent in the series opener by 106 runs. And they want to win the second match at any costs and they did exactly like the same.
It was not a high scoring game from both ends, but Sri Lanka were too good in the game that they restricted the giant team below 200 in both the innings.
SL Vs AUS 2nd Test Match Highlights:
Sri Lanka took the decision to bat first and posted 281 runs on board in 1st innings with the help of half-centuries from Kusal Mendis (84) and Angelo Mathews (54). Mitchell Starc of Australia took a five-wicket haul in the first innings.
Came to crease to gain lead over the hosts, Australia witnessed tough time at work as both Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera broke their back.
Both spinners bagged 4-4 wickets each and restricted the Australian side to just 106 runs to hand their side 175-run lead over visitors.
In their second innings Sri Lanka managed to score 237 runs, thanks to Angelo Mathews well fought 47. And at last, Dilruwan Perera’s (64) and Rangana Herath’s (26) contribution that helped Sri Lanka set a huge target of 413 runs.
Australian batter have no clue how face both spinners in the second innings as well as they bundled out for 183 and lost the game 229 runs.
Dilruwan Perara took six wickets in second innings, while Rangana Herath bagged two.
This incredible win scripted history in Sri Lanka’s cricket and boosted their confidence for further matches, as a result, the Lankan side defeated Australia in the third and final test as well and won the series by historic 3-0.