Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test – Australia won by an innings and 40 runs

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Lyon to Lakmal, out Stumped!! All over. Kumara is not coming out to bat. He’s injured his hammy. Australia win by an innings and 40 runs. Lovely bit of bowling from Lyon. Tosses it up and draws Lakmal out of the crease, the tailender in him can’t control himself as he charges out seeing the flight and is done in by the dip, the ball spins past the inside edge and a delighted Paine whips the bails off in a flash. Handshakes all round before Australia form a huddle. Paine has a word with them and off they march out. Lakmal st Paine b Lyon 24(30)..The visitors batted for 107.3 overs in the game and you don’t win Test matches batting for four sessions. It was a collective failure from the Sri Lankan batsmen. Only Dickwella showed grit and determination in both the innings. Thirimanne was good in the second essay but the rest were just poor. Things only get worse for them as Kumara has been ruled out of the series and Chameera did not look a 100 percent which leaves Lakmal as the lone fit pacer going forward. They will need to draw inspiration from somewhere and the likes of Chandimal and Karunaratne will be crucial. Let’s see how they turn up at Canberra. Hang around for the presentations.. Sri Lanka have capitulated within two sessions on day 3. They started the day being one down but it all went haywire soon. Chandimal and Mendis were sent packing in Cummins’ successive overs. Silva was the next victim of Australia’s newly appointed co-vice captain. During all this Thirimanne blocked one end up and found no support from the other as they all kept falling to either good balls or bad shot selections. Richardson added two more to his three in the first innings, but it was the Cummins show today. He was on the money from ball one and picked up a wicket whenever called upon. In the end he recorded his career best figures – 10 for 62.

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