Travis Head and Nathan Lyon rip through Sri Lanka to secure huge win


Australia 321 (Inexperienced 77, Khawaja 71, Ramesh 4-112) and 10 for 0 beat Sri Lanka 212 (Dickwella 58, Lyon 5-90) and 113 (Head 4-10, Lyon 4-31) by 10 wickets

Australia’s spinners tore by way of Sri Lanka’s line-up as they misplaced 10 wickets inside 23 overs in a staggering collapse to lose the opening Check in Galle inside two-and-a-half days.

Nathan Lyon and Travis Head took 4 wickets every and Mitchell Swepson two, as Sri Lanka had been bundled out for 113. Australia wanted simply 5 runs to win and knocked them off with ease to win by 10 wickets earlier than lunch on the third day and go 1-0 up within the sequence.

It was Australia’s first Check win in Sri Lanka since 2011, which was additionally the final time they received in Galle. It was additionally the primary time Australia have received in Sri Lanka batting second, with their seven different wins coming batting first. Sri Lanka’s defeat was simply the fourth time a crew had misplaced in Galle within the 21 cases groups had received the toss and batted first. Sri Lanka have suffered three of these 4 losses within the final 18 months.

Lyon completed with 9 wickets for the match and marched into the all-time high 10 Check wickets-takers, whereas Head took beautiful career-best first-class and Check figures of 4 for 10. Such was the spinners’ dominance, captain Pat Cummins didn’t bowl a ball in Sri Lanka’s second innings. Regardless of Lyon’s efficiency, Cameron Inexperienced was named Participant of the Match for his important 77 on day two on a troublesome batting floor.

Sri Lanka’s batting was reckless and hapless as they tried to comply with Australia’s first innings method of positivity and decisive strokeplay. However the decision-making and execution was flawed on a floor that spun increasingly more by the minute all through a loopy two hours of cricket.

Sri Lanka had been with out their most skilled and in-form batter Angelo Mathews after he was dominated out of the Check having examined constructive for Covid-19 final night time. Mathews took a speedy take a look at after feeling unwell and the constructive consequence meant he was withdrawn from the sport on the third morning and changed by Oshada Fernando.

Sri Lanka did make the proper begin to the day with the ball, bowling Australia out for 321 within the second over of the morning. Asitha Fernando ripped by way of Cummins and Swepson with two excellent reverse swinging yorkers at 137kph. Asitha benefitted from a ball change after Sri Lanka’s unique ball was pocketed by a spectator final night time when Cummins hit Jeffrey Vandersay out of the bottom off the final ball of the second day.

They made a speedy begin to their second innings taking 17 runs off Mitchell Starc’s opening over. It was the most costly opening over in Check cricket within the final 10 years as Starc’s radar went awry to reward Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne 4 boundaries between them. Starc’s spell lasted two overs and price 23. Lyon opened the bowling from the opposite finish and bowled unchanged whereas Swepson got here on within the fifth over.

Sri Lanka’s batters tried to proceed their constructive method but it surely bordered on reckless as they misplaced wickets at common intervals and supplied quite a few different possibilities. Lyon picked up Karunaratne for the second time within the match because the left-hander tried to brush the improper size. His skinny below edge was expertly held by keeper Alex Carey.

Nissanka additionally fell making an attempt to brush, trapped lbw to Swepson as a legbreak skidded on straight and hit him on the again leg infront of off.

Kusal Mendis and Oshada tried to keep up the aggression. Mendis slapped a strong slog sweep to get off the mark whereas Oshada launched Swepson straight down the bottom for six. However they failed to choose their moments to assault. Each males had been missed at leg slip off Lyon with Warner unable to clutch two very powerful possibilities in three balls. However it mattered little. Mendis fell sweeping to the improper size. Some further bounce precipitated a high edge that carried to a really well-placed Swepson three-quarters of the way in which to the fine-leg rope.

Oshada continued to trip his luck miscuing balls within the air wanting fielders earlier than driving exhausting at a Swepson legbreak out of the tough exterior off and nicking it to slide.

Dhananjaya de Silva was lucky to outlive a stumping probability after operating randomly at Lyon and being overwhelmed by way of the gate, with Carey unable to glove it. Cummins then made the daring transfer to swap Swepson for the part-time offspin of Head in opposition to the 2 right-handers.

It paid a good-looking dividend with Head putting twice in his first over. He ripped a basic offbreak out of the tough and thru the flawed defence of Dinesh Chandimal to crash into center and leg. Three balls later Dhananjaya staggeringly shouldered arms to a ball additionally spinning into center and leg considering it would flip down the leg facet. The one factor extra surprising than the depart was Kumar Dharmasena’s choice to offer it not out. Australia had no hesitation in reviewing efficiently.

Ramesh Mendis fell the identical method as Kusal, high edging a poorly executed sweep to fantastic leg. Niroshan Dickwella tried to proceed his reverse-sweeping deeds of the primary innings solely to seek out cowl level with Marnus Labuschagne taking an excellent catch diving to his left.

Head picked up two extra in his third over. He ripped one other beautiful offbreak from the tough by way of Vandersay’s defence to hit the highest of leg. Lasith Embuldeniya was the final out, trapped plumb lbw, however once more a assessment was wanted to overturn Dharmasena’s not out choice.

David Warner completed it in 4 balls with two blows, one a reverse sweep over brief third, after which a six over large lengthy on.

Alex Malcolm is an Affiliate Editor at ESPNcricinfo

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