Aussies melt down in shocking 10-wicket DISASTER as Sri Lanka claims ‘all-time’ Test win

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Aussies melt down in shocking 10-wicket DISASTER as Sri Lanka claims ‘all-time’ Test win

Australia has incredibly slumped to an innings defeat in Galle as Sri Lanka ripped through the tourists in a stunning collapse of 10-102 to tie the two-Test series.

Sri Lankan debutant Prabath Jayasuriya claimed 12 wickets, the most ever for a first-timer for the nation, after his side was hit by multiple Covid outs coming into the second Test.

But instead it was the Aussies who looked weakened, losing nine wickets in the final session on day four to complete an unthinkable collapse, after they sat 5-329 early on day two.

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Australia ended up all out for 151, following their first innings total of 364, after dismissing Sri Lanka in the second session of day four for 554.

Dinesh Chandimal was named player of the series after his double century.

“We got ourselves into a position where 400-plus in the first innings was achievable and we didn’t have someone to go with Smithy down the other end,” Pat Cummins said post-match.

“These are the tours where you learn heaps. We learned heaps through a win last week, unfortunately it’s through a loss this time.

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“So many of the guys here on their first tour, or others coming back, everyone found a method that worked. Unfortunately it didn’t work for us today for our batting and bowling group, but I think we can go home pretty pleased.”

Australia started its second innings soundly by reaching 0-49 — then it all went horribly awry over the following 27 overs that saw Sri Lanka storm to a series-levelling win for the ages.

First to fall was David Warner (24) shortly before tea, while both he and Steve Smith (0) went upstairs for plumb LBW decisions to Ramesh Mendis and Jayasuriya respectively.

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Having reached 0-49 shortly before tea, Australia lost the opener, Khawaja, Smith and Head in quick succesion to slump to 4-74.

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Khawaja was caught at bat-pad after Jayasuriya drew his inside edge while Head lasted just four balls before he was bowled by a Mendis off-break stunner.

Marnus Labuschagne offered some resistance with his 32 but was also out LBW when he tried and failed to sweep a full Jayasuriya delivery.

That set-off another collapse — five runs later saw Cameron Green stumped and Mitchell Starc caught at first slip as Jayasuriya’s figures went to 5-37.

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A captain’s knock was needed from Pat Cummins, and he looked strong in his 16 off 18 balls but he, too, perished LBW to Maheesh Theekshana.

As did Nathan Lyon in the same over for five runs off three balls.

Mitchell Swepson was the last batter to fall, bowled by Jayasuriya for a duck to complete the 10-wicket collapse.

Earlier, Sri Lanka was 9-505 as Australia prepared to bat — but that ninth wicket was the trigger for Chandimal to explode.

Over the next four overs, he went from 159 runs off 298 balls to 202 off just 18 more deliveries, which included back-to-back sixes off Starc.

It was the first Test double century scored against Australia since Alastair Cook’s 244* at the MCG in December 2017.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka’s 554 surpassed the nation’s previous best Test total against Australia of 8-547 in 1992.

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The hosts began the day on 6-431 in response to Australia’s first innings 364.

Opening batsman Pathum Nissanka was ruled out before play started Monday with Covid-19, becoming the sixth Sri Lanka player to contract the virus during the past two weeks.

The overnight pair of Chandimal and Ramesh Mendis added 68 before Starc broke through.

Starc trapped Ramesh lbw for 29 in another inspired spell of bowling and nearly got debutant Theekshana caught behind when the umpire gave it out but the batsman successfully reviewed.

Chandimal, who recorded his 13th Test hundred on Sunday, took on the opposition bowlers after losing Prabath Jayasuriya for nought as he went past his previous best of 164.

Starc rattled the stumps of Jayasuriya for nought, before Swepson got the final wicket.

Australia came into the match leading the series 1-0 after a crushing opening win inside three days at the same venue.

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