Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day

New lows for Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka's second innings lasted only 24.2 overs, which is their shortest in Test history. Here are more stats highlights from the match

S Rajesh

December 27, 2012

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Mitchell Johnson took six wickets in the match, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd Test, Melbourne, 3rd day, December 28, 2012
Australia coasted to victory in 1216 balls, which is the quickest finish to a Boxing Day Test at the MCG © Getty Images

  • Sri Lanka's innings-and-201-run loss in Melbourne is their third-heaviest in Test cricket, and their worst in almost 12 years. Their two heaviest defeats have both come against South Africa, in Cape Town in 2001 (by an innings and 229 runs), and at the SSC in 1993 (by an innings and 208 runs).

  • In 12 Tests in Australia, Sri Lanka have lost ten, including four by an innings and another by ten wickets. They've drawn the other two. In 25 Tests against Australia, Sri Lanka have won only once, and lost 16 times.

  • Sri Lanka's second innings folded at 103 for 7 - it's only the second time in Test history that a team has been bowled out after having lost seven or fewer wickets. The previous such instance was in Kingston in 1976, when five of India's batsmen didn't bat in the second innings.

  • Sri Lanka's second innings wound up in 24.2 overs, which is their shortest completed innings in Tests. Their second-worst effort is 24.4, in Cardiff last year, when they were bundled out for 82 in their second innings, spectacularly losing a game that seemed headed for a draw going into the final day. Thus, two of their poorest such efforts have come in the last 20 months.

  • Over the course of the entire match, Sri Lanka lost 17 wickets for 259 runs, at an average of 15.23 runs per wicket. That average is their sixth-lowest (in Tests in which they've played at least 15 overs). It's also their lowest in the last eight-and-a-half years: in Darwin in July 2004, they'd been bundled out for 97 and 162, at an average of 12.95 runs per wicket.

  • Four of Sri Lanka's top five batsmen were dismissed for 0 or 1 in the second innings, which is a first for them. It's only the eighth time this has happened in Test history.

  • The entire Test match lasted only 202.4 overs, which is the fifth-fastest MCG Test to produce a decisive result, and the fastest among matches that started on Boxing Day. The last time an MCG Test produced a result in fewer deliveries was in 1932, when Australia thrashed South Africa by an innings and 72 runs in 656 deliveries.

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Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 17:20 GMT)

but still far better than last year's pathetic Indian performance in Aus!

Posted by TexanBlue on (December 29, 2012, 11:13 GMT)

SL have only themselves to blame for this pathetic showing. Their board keeps on scraping scheduled test matches in favor of limited overs matches. Sanga rightly said that they need to play a minimum of 12 tests per year to compete in the longer version. If the players keep on playing ODIs and T20s, how on earth do you expect them to last 5 days? ICC must wake up now to preserve the integrity of tests. They need to come up with a clear plan with different boards. They either let each country pick & choose between ODis and tests or enforce each country to play a minimum of 12 tests each year. Create two groups; one with countries willing to play maximum tests each year, the other with countries who will play no or minimum tests. This will enhance competetiveness. Imagine fans waiting for the whole year for the Boxing day test and the game finishes so quickly; the holidays are spoiled. CA will now invite SL in the winters to play games in Townsville and Alice Springs against their A team

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Time for the so called "Lankan Lions" to play only minnows at home on flat and dead pitches !!! ....because they just can't beat any other major cricketing team in the World right now !!!

Posted by ats78 on (December 29, 2012, 6:43 GMT)

Srilankans are almost joining the likes of bangladesh , no wins in Australia India, and just one in SA , hopeless and from some 25 odd matches only one win against Aus and that too obviously in their home ground, pathetic as it may come..

Posted by eZoha on (December 29, 2012, 4:41 GMT)

Time for Ranatunga to bash IPL again. And I can't argue with him this time.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 29, 2012, 1:11 GMT)

@Rahul17_1983. Better go back & check the scores last year.

Posted by dissapointed on (December 29, 2012, 0:59 GMT)

Rahul17_1983: Actually India were beaten in more pathetic circumstances. India were playing in conditions far more suited to their game (the pitches were dead) than this team and had no injuries. Last years "performance" by India was easily the most disgraceful I've seen in my 40+ years of watching the game, they simply didn't try.

Posted by Rahul17_1983 on (December 28, 2012, 16:06 GMT)

Those who were critising india's defeat in australia will be busy in finding the place to hide themselves.At least indians were not beaten so pathetically in australia.

Posted by   on (December 28, 2012, 9:57 GMT)

they would never be considered great team unless they started winning against Australia. India lost, sl lost and Pakistan will lose if the are here. south Asian team doesn't have a clue how to play in Australia.

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