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Sri Lanka v Australia

2005: Australia in Sri Lanka, 2003-04

Paul Coupar

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

'Our batting and catching let us down'

Mar 20, 2004: For Hashan Tillakaratne, it was the second time in consecutive Tests that he had let slip the initiative

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

'I don't think I could have bowled much better'

Mar 20, 2004: Shane Warne dashed Sri Lankan hopes quickly on the fifth morning, taking two of the three wickets as Australia wrapped up the win to take the series 2-0

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

Sri Lanka not quite there

Mar 20, 2004: The tree-lined ground at Kandy was the stage for some wonderful drama in the second Test, reaching its gripping peak this morning with a 28-run win for Australia

The Wisden Verdict by Paul Coupar

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 5th day

Warne and Gillespie star in Australian win

Mar 20, 2004: Australia needed just 6.1 overs on the fifth morning to complete victory at Kandy, as Shane Warne and Jason Gillespie struck in quick succession as Australia won by 27 runs to wrap up the series 2-0

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 4th day

'We can still win' - Jayasuriya

Mar 19, 2004: Sanath Jayasuriya, whose sparkling 131 put Sri Lanka on course for the unlikeliest of Test victories, insisted that they could still put it off, though they were down to the tail

Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 4th day

Jayasuriya's 131 sets up a Kandy classic

Mar 19, 2004: Sanath Jayasuriya gave Sri Lanka hope of a remarkable series-levelling victory with an electrifying batting assault on the fourth afternoon at Kandy

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

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

Martyn: 'this was the hardest innings of all'

Mar 18, 2004: Damien Martyn completed an emphatic return to form with his second hundred in consecutive matches against Sri Lanka, as Australia manoeuvred themselves into a strong position on the third day at Kandy

Wisden Cricinfo staff

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

Martyn grinds out a ton on a wet day

Mar 18, 2004: Damien Martyn scored his seventh Test century as Australia reached 320 for five before torrential rain washed out play for the day

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 2nd day

Gilchrist - 'I was pleased to make an impact'

Mar 17, 2004: Australia had taken up a commanding position by the end of the second day's play at Kandy, thanks to an unbeaten 140 from Adam Gilchrist

Wisden Cricinfo staff

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 2nd day

Gilchrist takes control at Kandy

Mar 17, 2004: At the end of the day, Australia were on 221 for two, with a 130-run lead, thanks to Adam Gilchrist, who wrested control of the game with an unbeaten 140

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 1st day

Murali: 'I'm aiming for 650'

Mar 16, 2004: Muttiah Muralitharan has set his sights on further glories, after becoming the third bowler in Test history to reach the 500-wicket mark, on the opening day of the second Test against Australia at Kandy

Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 1st day

Muralitharan slots into 500-wicket club

Mar 16, 2004: Muttiah Muralitharan recovered from a stomach upset to become the thirdbowler in history to take 500 Test wickets, during the first day's play in the second Test against Australia

Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 1st day

Doing Sri Lanka proud

Mar 16, 2004: Muttiah Muralitharan, playing in his hometown, snapped up 4 for 48 and brought up the 500-wicket landmark when he bowled Michael Kapsprowicz through the gate with an offbreak that spun sharply back through the gate

Charlie Austin

Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Kandy, 1st day

Seventeen wickets tumble on low-scoring day

Mar 16, 2004: Australia fought back magnificently to reduce Sri Lanka to 92 for 7 after being dismissed for 120 in 42.4 overs

The Wisden Bulletin by Charlie Austin
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