Result
1st Test, Pallekele, Jul 26-30 2016, Australia tour of Sri Lanka
117 & 353
(88.3 ov, target 268)
203 & 161
Sri Lanka won by 106 runs
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
3:59
1y
• The Report by Brydon Coverdale

Mendis 169* propels SL lead towards 200

By stumps on the third day, Sri Lanka were remarkably on top in the Test as Kusal Mendis produced a stunning 169 not out

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Scorer: Binoy
Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
Sri Lanka117(34.2 overs)1st Innings
Australia203(79.2 overs)1st Innings
Sri Lanka353(93.4 overs)2nd Innings
Australia161(88.3 overs)2nd Innings
Steven Smith55 (125)
Joe Burns29 (57)

3.25pm Right then, that ends a terrific Test match to start this series. Been a pleasure from all of us here. Thanks for all your comments and time. Our coverage won't stop with this. For now, here's Brydon Coverdale's report on Test 1 of this series. Until next time, bye.

3.00pm Rangana Herath leads his team off the field. Splendid Test for Sri Lanka. They slumped to 117 in the first innings but have found a way to come back and beat the No. 1 Test nation in the world. The players shake hands as Sri Lanka take a 1-0 lead in this series. Steven Smith suffers his first loss as Australia's Test captain. Scenes of utter joy in Pallekele under cloudy skies. A staunch period of resistance from Nevill and O'Keefe but SL's spinners remained patient, bowled tight lines and finally found a way to bowl Australia out. Not many would have given SL a chance after they collapsed for 117 on the first day, but sublime performances from 21-year-old Kusal Mendis and 38-year-old Rangana Herath have given Sri Lanka the win they would have yearned for. Who deserves the Man of the Match more? I really don't know. Presentation soon.

Time for the presentation.

Kusal Mendis is the Man of the Match

Steven Smith: "Tough week, credit to SL the way they played this week. We let ourselves down with the bat, we weren't disciplined with the bat. Credit to Kusal, 176 turned the game. Tough to come back from there. (Would have been) nice to have a bigger lead than that. 20 on this wicket was always going to be tough. Wicket was pining quite a bit, tough to lose O'keefe but that's cricket. We have got to find our plans and find ways to play in these conditions. 1-0 down in a three-match series so have to turn it around quickly.

Angelo Mathews: "Don't have words to explain after a very hard few months. We regrouped, trained really well and prepared to the best. Brilliant effort by the whole team. Credit to Australians, they bowled really well. Not a good effort by our batters in the first innings. We needed that 200-plus lead. Special knock by a special young player. Fantastic effort. The old man Herath was brilliant once again. Sandakan a brilliant find for us. We knew this was going to take our turn, Sandakan responded brilliantly. I'm not trying to think about captaincy and the pressure too much."

Sid: "The injection of youth into this Sri Lankan side has made all the difference. They're still raw, but my word, this tiny island has no dearth of talent. Mendis played the innings of the year, in my opinion, and Sandakan and Dhananjaya showed flashes of brilliance, which augurs well for the future. Tremendous team effort. "

88.3
w
Herath to O'Keefe, OUT
that's it. SL win just their second Test against Australia. Herath gets five. SL are overjoyed but Herath puts his hands up in calm exhilaration. Pitches this on leg and the ball skids on with the arm, beats SOK's flick as he plays across and the ball clips leg stump. What a splendid fightback from Sri Lanka this has been.
SNJ O'Keefe b Herath 4 (105m 98b 1x4 0x6) SR: 4.08
88.2
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
88.1
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
dropped. Very hard chance. Flat on off, the ball hits the pad first and then onto the bat or glove and the ball flies to silly point who has almost no chance, gets a hand on it
end of over 88Maiden
AUS: 161/9CRR: 1.82 
Josh Hazlewood0 (7)
Steve O'Keefe4 (95)
Dhananjaya de Silva11-7-12-1
Rangana Herath33-16-54-4
87.6
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
angled wider and slower outside off, Hazlewood leaves
87.5
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
flight outside off, blocked
87.4
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
pushed to mid-on
87.3
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
overly full on off, Hazlewood's large stride forward completely smothers the ball
87.2
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
flight on off, blocked
87.1
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
tossed up outside off, left alone

I don't see a weather interruption before tea. So SL will have at least 30 minutes to get this last wicket

end of over 87Maiden
AUS: 161/9CRR: 1.85 
Steve O'Keefe4 (95)
Josh Hazlewood0 (1)
Rangana Herath33-16-54-4
Dhananjaya de Silva10-6-12-1
86.6
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
flat outside off, the ball spins a touch but SOK defends capably
86.5
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
steps out to drive the ball back

Uwaisul Karnain: "Hats off for Dinesh Chandimal for his reaction after taking that catch as he made sure everyone in the ground knows that was a nick!"

86.4
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
overpitched on off, driven back
86.3
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
and again, nudged past short leg after running to the pitch. No run
86.2
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
tossed up on middle and leg, clipped to midwicket after getting to the pitch
86.1
Herath to O'Keefe, no run
flat delivery on middle and leg, SOK smothers to midwicket
end of over 86Wicket maiden
AUS: 161/9CRR: 1.87 
Josh Hazlewood0 (1)
Steve O'Keefe4 (89)
Dhananjaya de Silva10-6-12-1
Rangana Herath32-15-54-4
85.6
de Silva to Hazlewood, no run
flatter delivery outside off, skids on with the arm and Hazlewood leaves. Smiles in SL's camp suddenly

Hazlewood is Australia's last man. A slip, gully, silly point, leg slip, leg gully, short leg and a second leg gully

85.5
w
de Silva to Nevill, OUT
gets the wicket this time. Nevill goes. Short and wide outside off, skids on with the arm. The new ball is responsible for the ball not turning. Bizzare shot. Nevill opts to cut and gets a thin outside edge on that which is snaffled up by the keeper. The SL players go wild. Big wicket. DdS' first Test wicket too.
PM Nevill c †Chandimal b de Silva 9 (130m 115b 1x4 0x6) SR: 7.82
85.4
de Silva to Nevill, no run
tossed up on middle and leg, nudged to midwicket
Best performances - batsmen
BKG Mendis
176 runs (254)
21 fours
1 sixes
Control82%
Productive shot
flick
26 runs
3 fours
0 sixes
111316293371849
SPD Smith
55 runs (125)
1 fours
0 sixes
Control83%
Productive shot
flick
28 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
0711062821
Best performances - bowlers
HMRKB Herath
O
33.3
M
16
R
54
W
5
Eco
1.61
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
2W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
HMRKB Herath
O
25
M
8
R
49
W
4
Eco
1.96
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
1W
Match details
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka , elected to bat first
SeriesAustralia tour of Sri Lanka
Player Of The Match
Kusal Mendis
Series resultSri Lanka led the 3-match series 1-0
Match numberTest no. 2209
Season2016
Hours of play (local time)10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00
Match days26,27,28,29,30 July 2016 (5-day match)
Test debut
Dhananjaya de Silva
Lakshan Sandakan
Umpires
Richard Kettleborough
Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
Chris Gaffaney
Reserve Umpire
Ranmore Martinesz
Match Referee
Chris Broad