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Day 3

1298dDaniel Brettig

Selection rethink needed - Smith

Australia's captain Steven Smith has conceded a radical shift in Test selection may be required in order to change the national side's increasingly grim record in Asia, after their 229-run defeat

1298dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

The transformed ways of Sri Lankan cricket

In six weeks, Angelo Mathews has modified the way he uses DRS; and in two weeks the Sri Lankan attack doesn't need the seamers it relied on. Where's the logic?

1298dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Perera a silent hero - Angelo Mathews

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has called Dilruwan Perera a "silent hero" after the offspinner became the first Sri Lanka player to take ten wickets and score a half-century in a Test

Day 2

1300dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Herath hat-trick headlines 21-wicket day

The second day in Galle brought 21 wickets as Sri Lanka tightened their grip on the series. Rangana Herath claimed a hat-trick and Australia were bowled out for 106, their lowest ever total against Sri Lanka

1299dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Sri Lanka's spin trio waylays Australia

Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan may look innocuous but led unsuspecting Australia into a dark alley, withdrawn shivs, and merrily stabbed away

1299dDaniel Brettig in Galle

'Not up to international standard' - Lehmann

"Not up to international standard" was the damning verdict of Australia's coach Darren Lehmann after the tourists lost 11 for 77 on a frenetic day in Galle

1299dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Lucky? Lucky to be playing Australia

As Sri Lanka stretched their lead in Galle after another Australian surrender to spin bowling, stump microphones picked up a touring player using the words 'f*** you guys are lucky'. How so?

Day 1

1301dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Australia lose openers after Sri Lanka make 281

On a wicket renowned for being spin friendly, Mitchell Starc claimed the best figures ever by an Australian fast bowler in Sri Lanka as the hosts were dismissed for 281 on the first day in Galle

1300dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Maturing Starc happy with continuity and consistency

Mitchell Starc may finally be about to become the dominant Test match bowler he has occasionally threatened to be, having passed 100 wickets amid the fine returns of 5 for 44 on the opening day against Sri Lanka in Galle

1300dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Australia's mixed day in the field

Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood weren't at their best, Australia's fielders missed three chances, but Mitchell Starc's five-for had the visitors batting well before stumps on the first day in Gall

1300dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Galle

Sri Lanka's adrenaline surges, again

Kusal Mendis' landmark Pallekele innings and some quality spin bowling have given Sri Lanka a shot in the arm, and the restored confidence was evident in Angelo Mathews' enterprise in Galle


638dAndrew Fidel Fernando

A turning pitch at Galle is a normal thing - SLC

While the documentary implies gambling interests dictated the bowler-friendly nature of that surface, SLC CEO Ashley de Silva emphasised on the cricketing reasons for how that pitch turned out

1302dDaniel Brettig in Galle

Weight of history bears down on Australia

Australia's chance of overturning a 1-0 deficit will depend on how they manage a bowling attack that will feature a debutant apart from showing better application against spin

AUS No. 3 and No. 4 in Asia


No. of consecutive inns in Asia when Australia's No. 3 and No. 4 haven't contributed 100 runs to teams score. In 10 of those they haven't managed 50 runs.

Only the second


No. of SL bowlers to take hat-trick in Tests before Rangana Herath. Nuwan Zoysa had taken a hat-trick off the first three balls he bowled in Tests, against ZIM in 1999-00

a rare hat-trick


Previous and only other instance of a left-arm orthodox bowler taking a hat-trick in Tests before Rangana Herath, by Johnny Briggs against Australia in Sydney.

Carnage at Galle


Wickets lost in the morning session for just 83 runs scored. There are only four other instances of 11 or more wickets falling in a session in Tests since 2010.

Starc's best


Mitchell Starc's best figures in a match in Tests before this, which had come against South Africa in Perth in 2012-13.

Carnage at Galle


Wickets that fell on the second day's play in Galle - the second highest in a day's play of Tests in Asia. Most wickets - 22 on day 3, SL v England, SSC, 2000-01

Fastest Sri Lankan


No. of Tests taken by Dilruwan Perera to take 50 Test wickets; He is the fastest Sri Lanka bowler to do so. Ajantha Mendis, the fastest before him, took 12.

Double failure


No. of times Australia have lost half their side before scoring 100 runs in both innings of a Test since 2000. They were 92 for 5 and 82 for 5 at Trent Bridge in 2015.

Perera's all-round effort


No. of Sri Lanka players to make a fifty-plus score and take a five-for in a Test including Dilruwan Perera. Previous instance also came in Galle, Malinga v India, in 2010.

Australia Galled


Deliveries faced by Australia batsmen in this match - their fifth lowest in a loss in Tests since 1900.