Player of the Match
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Day 5

615dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Rain helps Sri Lanka salvage a draw

Australia did many things right in the second Test but in the end they couldn't beat the Pallekele weather, or Sri Lanka, as the match faded away to a gloomy draw on the fifth afternoon

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Harris and Marsh pose questions for Clarke

Michael Clarke must weigh up the fitness of his spearhead Ryan Harris and the century at No. 3 by Shaun Marsh as he travels to Colombo for the third Test

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Harris as valuable as he is fragile

Australia's success thus far in Sri Lanka could not have taken place without Ryan Harris and his combination of speed, swing and seam

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Mendis out of third Test

Ajantha Mendis will play no part in the Test series against Australia, having been ruled out of the final match in Colombo because of a back complaint

Day 4

615dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Solid Sangakkara fights for Sri Lanka

Australia's chances of victory faded with the light around Pallekele on the fourth afternoon, as Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene settled in on a pitch offering little for the bowlers

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Haddin calls for DRS consistency

Brad Haddin, Australia's wicketkeeper, has said the use of technology to review decisions should be made uniform across international cricket or thrown out altogether

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Sangakkara calls for extended runs for players

Kumar Sangakkara, the Sri Lanka batsman, has called for stability in the team after they gave themselves a chance of staving off a Test match and series defeat by Australia in Pallekele

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Sri Lanka's batting finally comes good

While their bowling attack has been weakened by retirements, there are no excuses for Sri Lanka's batting failures in this series, and the batsmen took what was, perhaps, their last chance to assert themselves

Day 3

615dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Marsh and Hussey star before rain sets in

There was plenty for Australia to celebrate on the third day in Pallekele - Shaun Marsh's hundred on debut, and Michael Hussey's 14th Test century - but Sri Lanka ended the day with some hope of salvaging a draw after rain washed out almost the entire aft

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

No excuses from Ratnayake

Rumesh Ratnayake, Sri Lanka's interim coach, has denied the team's dire form thus far against Australia is the result of internal discord

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Marsh took playing Test cricket for granted

As Shaun Marsh basked in the glow of a century for Australia on Test debut, he admitted that as a precocious teenager he had taken for granted the amount of application required of a Test cricketer

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Marsh performs, who will perish?

Shaun Marsh's debut century has opened up one of Australian cricket's most significant selection debates and has put pressure on numerous incumbents, including Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke

Day 2

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Newcastle revisited

Shaun Marsh's maiden first-class ton came in the company of Michael Hussey eight years ago in Newcastle, and, so far, he's looked good to repeat the feat in Test cricket in Pallekele

Day 1

615dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

All-round Australia dominate first day

This Test series is only five days old, but already Michael Clarke's Australians can sense victory. Their win inside four days in Galle was impressive, but even more encouraging for the country's fans was the way Australia started the second Test in Palle

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Clarke's a thinking captain, says Hussey

Michael Hussey couldn't believe that Michael Clarke was giving him a bowl, but, according to him, there was method to his captain's madness

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Still no luck with the DRS for Harris

ESPNcricinfo presents the Plays of the Day from the first day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia, in Pallekele

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

Dilshan demands batting improvement

Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan has demanded more from his batsmen following their first-innings surrender for 174 in the second Test against Australia in Pallekele

615dDaniel Brettig in Pallekele

The leader and the left-over

While Michael Clarke has looked the part of leader of his team in the series so far, Tillakaratne Dilshan seems to be finding it hard to cope with the complex demands of captaining Sri Lanka


615dDaniel Brettig in Kandy

Marsh to press Hughes, Khawaja for spots

Shaun Marsh, could press Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja for a place in the Australia XI when Ricky Ponting returns, with captain Michael Clarke saying there were "no guarantees" for batting berths in the side

615dDaniel Brettig in Kandy

Eranga favoured to debut

Shaminda Eranga, the fast bowler, has a strong chance to make his Test debut for Sri Lanka in the second Test that begins tomorrow in Pallekele, as left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara struggles with a knee problem

Sri Lanka 3rd innings Partnerships

1st81TM DilshanNT Paranavitana
2nd47KC SangakkaraNT Paranavitana
3rd101DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
4th41DPMD JayawardeneTT Samaraweera
5th31TT SamaraweeraHAPW Jayawardene
6th6TT SamaraweeraAD Mathews
7th10S RandivAD Mathews