In Sri Lanka’s second innings, Travis Head and Nathan Lyon each secured four wickets. When the tourists were dismissed for 321 in their first innings of the third day, they had a 109-run lead after the first innings.
The hosts’ batting line was quickly destroyed by their spinners in Sri Lanka’s second innings, including part-timer Travis Head (4-10), Nathan Lyon (4-31), and Mitchell Swepson (2-34). When Sri Lanka was bowled out for a pitiful 113 in 22.5 overs, Australia had a winnable goal of just five runs.
David Warner, the first batter for Australia, wasted little time reaching the mark in four balls after smashing a four and a six. The second Test starts now.
Australia won the Test match in 153.2 overs, the quickest time since 2002’s thrashing of Pakistan in Sharjah.
Due to how quickly the morning progressed, Australia resumed its first innings at 8-313 and batted the whole first session.
Sri Lanka adopted the same batting strategy as its rivals and made an apparent effort to target Australia’s bowlers.
Dimuth Karunaratne smashed the fast for three boundaries in Mitchell Starc’s opening over, and Pathum Nissanka added another with a flawless cover drive.
However, Australia got spinners on from both ends within the first four overs, and Sri Lanka swiftly found itself in trouble.
In addition to his 5-90 in the first innings, Lyon also claimed three wickets with errant sweep strokes and one with a reverse sweep. Karunaratne, who was caught behind on 23, was first taken out. The off-turn spinner’s and bounce defeated Kusal Mendis and Ramesh Mendis, who failed to get over balls and hit them straight to.
Due to COVID-19, Angelo Mathews was Replaced
On 14, Swepson also caught Nissanka LBW with a delivery that did not turn much, and it was his additional spin later attracted Oshada Fernando’s edge.
Angelo Mathews, a seasoned player for Sri Lanka, had already been replaced in the game because he had COVID-19.
Given that his team’s second inning was the shortest in a Test, Mathews would not have enjoyed watching from a lonely spot in the team hotel.
When Head claimed his maiden Test wicket by spinning a ball far between Dinesh Chandimal’s bat and pad, Sri Lanka’s misery was even worse.
Three balls later, all-arounder Dhananjaya de Silva amusingly pad up to delivery on the middle stump, becoming his second Test victim, as reported by Abcnet.