Lyon stars as Australia crush Sri Lanka inside three days

The hosts have been bundled out for 113 of their second innings permitting the Australians to seal a 10-wicket victory of their first over again on the crease in Galle.

Australia’s gamers rejoice after the dismissal of Sri Lanka’s Oshada Piyumal Fernando (not pictured) throughout the third day of first cricket Check match between Sri Lanka and Australia on the Galle Worldwide Cricket Stadium in Galle on 1 July 2022. Image: ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP

GALLE – Spinner Nathan Lyon starred with a match haul of 9 wickets as Australia wrapped up the opening Check on Friday with a crushing victory over Sri Lanka earlier than lunch on the third day.

The hosts have been bundled out for 113 of their second innings permitting the Australians to seal a 10-wicket victory of their first over again on the crease in Galle.

Lyon, whose five-for helped bowl out Sri Lanka for 212 within the first innings, and fellow spinner Travis Head took 4 wickets every to ship the hosts packing earlier than the morning was over.

It was an enormous victory for Australia, who suffered a 3-0 whitewash in Sri Lanka on their final tour in 2016.

“Superb win. Turning up this morning I did not suppose it was going to occur that quick,” skipper Pat Cummins stated.

“Actually happy with the squad. It is actually overseas situations for us.”

Opener Usman Khawaja (71) and Cameron Inexperienced (77) stood out in Australia’s first innings effort of 321 that made them take management in excessive spin situations.

Inexperienced placed on essential partnerships with Khawaja after which wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, who made 45, to deal with the spinners with aplomb.

“Gamers undergo their complete careers on the lookout for a way in these situations, and in his first knock he is discovered it,” Cummins stated of the 23-year-old Inexperienced who was named man of the match.

“Actually joyful for him, he was the distinction.”

Sri Lanka suffered a blow earlier than play started when Angelo Mathews was dominated out resulting from COVID-19, with Oshada Fernando named his alternative.

Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne began sturdy, smashing 4 boundaries within the 17-run first over of the innings off Mitchell Starc.


However the tables quickly turned when Lyon and fellow spinner Mitchell Swepson took cost.

Lyon bought skipper Karunaratne caught behind for 23 after simply 20 balls whereas Swepson trapped Pathum Nissanka lbw for 14.

The leg-spinner then bought Oshada caught out within the twelfth over as Sri Lanka slipped to 63-4.

Wickets stored tumbling with Sri Lanka’s batsmen desperately making an attempt to hit their approach out of hassle.

Head, a left-handed batsman and an occasional spinner, struck twice in his first over to assert Dinesh Chandimal – his first Check scalp – and Dhananjaya de Silva.

Swashbuckling opener David Warner introduced a simple end to formalities, hitting a 4 and a six off Ramesh Mendis to deliver up the win in 4 balls.

Earlier within the day, quick bowler Asitha Fernando took Australia’s final two first-innings wickets with the vacationers including eight to their in a single day 313, for a commanding lead of 109.

Ramesh Mendis took 4 wickets whereas debutant Jeffrey Vandersay took two.

“We bowled nicely in patches. I believe Ramesh bowled very well however the others could not help him,” stated Karunaratne.

The skipper stated it was tough to bat in opposition to Lyon, who managed to show the ball closely.

“We simply wished to place strain on him, and play a few photographs,” he stated.

“The strategy was actually good, the intention was actually good, however I believe typically we took dangerous selections.”

The third day began early after abysmal climate shortened play on Thursday, with sturdy winds collapsing a spectator stand.

The second and remaining Check begins 8 July on the identical venue.


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