Australia clean sweeps Sri Lanka at Canberra
Australia clean swept Sri Lanka 2-0 in the two-match Test series by beating the visitors by 366 runs in the second Test.
Sri Lanka have ended their tiny tour to Australia for only two Tests in another losing cause for them while the hosts have tasted a series victory after a very long gap.
Australian skipper Tim Paine won the toss and elected to bat first. The Aussies used the toss and home advantages really well and added 534 runs for the loss five wickets in their first innings. Three Aussie players scored tons in the likes of Joe Burns, Travis Head, and Kurtis Patterson.
In reply, Sri Lanka also got a solid start but unfortunately, they had to face a tragic situation on the field in the form of an injury to the left-handed opening batsman Dimuth Karunaratne. The opener was off to a good start of 46 runs from 84 balls.
Following that injury blow, wickets started to fall for Sri Lanka after a solid start from their openers. Sri Lanka managed to score only 215 runs for the loss of nine wickets as they had another injury blow in the form of Kusal Perera even though Dimuth Karunaratne came to bat again on the next day.
Australia started their second innings with a huge lead of 319 runs without enforcing the follow-on on the visitors. Australia declared their second innings when they were 196/3 and the lead was 514 at that point. Australia set a target of 515 for Sri Lanka. For Australia Usman Khawaja scored a fast ton in the second innings.
The story remained the same for the visitors in the second innings too like their previous three innings in the tour with the bat. Lankan were bowled out for only 149 runs in the chase for 515. Kusal Mendis was the top scorer with 42 runs. Mitchell Starc dominated the Lankan batsman with a five-wicket haul.
Joe Burns 180, Travis Head 161
Viswa Fernando 3/126, Kasun Rajitha 1/103
Sri Lanka: 215/9
Dimuth Karnaratne 59, Lahiru Thirimanne 41
Mitchell Starc 5/54, Nathan Lyon 2/70
Australia: 196/3 dec
Usman Khawaja 101*, Travis Head 59*
Kasun Rajitha 2/64, Viswa Fernando 1/43
Sri Lanka: 149-all out
Kusal Mendis 42, Lahiru Thirimanne 30
Mitchell Starc 5/46, Pat Cummins 3/13