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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Herath bowls historic Sri Lanka win in first Test

Herath bowls historic Sri Lanka win in first Test
Herath bowls historic Sri Lanka win in first Test
Sri Lankan Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath dismissed five Australian wickets including one from skipper Steven Smith as the hosts claimed a historic Test win over Australia on the tense final day of the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday (June 30 2016). 

Sri Lanka stunned top-ranked Australia by 106 runs. This is only Sri Lanka’s second win over Australia on the longest format of the game.

21-year-old Kusal Mendis paved the way with a masterful 176, while 38-year-old Rangana Herath applied the finishing touches, with 5 for 54 in Australia's second innings, four of those wickets coming on the last day. For Australia, who began the day on 83 for 3 and was bundled out for 161, it will be a bitter pill to swallow. Not only was it the first defeat under Steve Smith's captaincy, but it came against the No. 7 team, who had just been beaten 2-0 in England.

Final scoreboard between Sri Lanka and Australia in Pallekele.

Sri Lanka 1st innings 117 all out (D de Silva 24, K Perera 20; Josh Hazlewood 3-21, Nathan Lyon 3-12)
Australia 1st innings 203 all out (A. Voges 47; Rangana Herath 4-49, Lakshan Sandakan 4-58
Sri Lanka 2nd innings 353 all out (Kusal Mendis 176; Mitchell Starc 4-84)
Australia 2nd Innings (Overnight Australia 83 for three)
The next Test of the three-match series begins August 04 in Galle.


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