Shuffles down and whips it over the deep midwicket boundary! What a way to finish, and a deserved win for the Australians, who completely dominated this Test. They take a 1-0 lead in the series.
And on that note, it's been a pleasure covering this Test, despite its truncated nature. Thanks for tuning in, and be sure to join us again for the second and final Test starting next Friday. But till then, for myself, Andrew McGlashan and Binoy George, it's farewell!
Asher: "Bowlers rarely get PotM awards on flat wickets where a batter makes a big hundred. Let's let a bowler have this one"
Shayan: "Just can not believe this a player took 9 wickets and scored 15 runs but MOM goes to 77 run batter.. " Scoring the runs was arguably the tougher of the two tasks on this track, Shayan.
Ine: "Is this the shortest 4th innings." Surprisingly, not even close. As Sampath from stats points out, it doesn't even make the top 10. In fact, Sri Lanka once conceded a target of two runs without bowling a legitimate delivery.
Australia Captain Pat Cummins: "Amazing win. Turning up this morning I didn't think it was going to happen that fast. Really proud of the squad. It's really foreign conditions for us. Although the way everyone played was outstanding. I don't think we were surprised [by the conditions], but we were really clear in our planning, how everyone was going to go about it. I thought the bravery and especially the proactiveness shown by our batters was fantastic. It was really tough, but it was the same for both teams. Totally agree [that the young guys stood up]. Someone like Green has grown up at the WACA and over in Perth it's so different to here. Players go through their whole careers looking for a method in these conditions, and in he's first knock he's found it. Really happy for him, he was the difference."
SL Captain Dimuth Karunaratne: "Yeah [it's a shock]. It's been disappointing, to win the toss and get out for 212 - disappointed as a batting unit. There was something for the bowlers, but our bowlers couldn't hurt the Australians. And they also batted really well. I think as a batting unit, we needed to put our hands up and put up a good score, to put them under pressure. That's what we expect. We've been playing in these conditions, we know how to play turn, but the decisions we took were horrible. We've played with these boys [the spinners] for the last couple of years, I think they're good enough to know how to do their job over here. We bowled well in patches - I think Ramesh bowled really well but the others couldn't support him. When we bat second it's not easy, especially against Lyon who was turning the ball heavily. We just wanted to put pressure on him, and play a couple of shots. The approach was really good, the intention was really good, but I think sometimes we took bad decisions."
Cameron Green is the Man of the Match: "yeah definitely [a special innings]. Playing in the subcontinent you've got a few unknowns, but you've got a lot of experienced guys in the dressing room to help out. Good first game. A few guys said just to be proactive. If you go out there just defending, you get yourself in trouble. Looking to score is how you give yourself the best chance. You're gonna get out at some point so you might as well play some shots."
Alright time for the presentation...
Surath: "You guys didn't publish my comment today morning but it's exactly what I said! Won the toss, failed to bat 90 overs and SL don't deserve to win or draw this game. Aussies did brilliantly well with what they have. Hope to see Theekshana and Wellalage in the next game." Neither Theekshana or Wellalage in the Test squad, Surath.
Shishank Dahiya: "One of Green or Khawaja should get MoM. On a bowlers' wicket makes sense to award it to a batter"
Joydeepsinghgil: "Australia extremely well in Asian conditions this wtc cycle they won the test series from Pakistan first and now over here have levelled the series "
Turns out the is the first time Australia have won a Test match in Sri Lanka where they batted second. All their previous seven Test wins in Sri Lanka came when they batted first.
The presentation should take place shortly.
12.10pm So a comfortable 10-wicket win in the end for Australia, but this will give Sri Lanka a lot to think about. The next Test is in exactly a week, and this Galle surface is unlikely to change too much. Spin will likely be the order of the day once more, and the hosts's spinners will need to take a hard look at how much better the Australian counterparts utilised the conditions. The batters, meanwhile, will also no doubt look at working on plans to counteract the quality spin offered up by their opponents.
And the scores are level! Reverse swept past short third. Almost there.
Attempted sweep, struck on the the chest but it's outside the line
Length outside off, looks for the cut and but into the turf
Alright we're almost underway on the chase.
12pm Well what a procession that was! And Australia need just 5 runs to take a 1-0 lead in this two-Test series. Sri Lanka realised that a positive approach was the best one on this wicket, but the Aussie spinners were far more adept at utilising the pitch than their Lankan counterparts and, in the end, that proved extremely telling. Not to mention, the Sri Lankan batters' almost suicidal use of the sweep and reverse. Nathan Lyon, Travis Head and Mitchell Swepson accounted for all 10 wickets, with the former two picking up 4 apiece. Head's inspired turn (pun very much intended) was the surprise package, as he accounted for the wickets of Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva in the span of a single over - his first in Test cricket - to really handicap the Lankan innings. Then he cleaned up the tail. What that meant though was Lyon unfortunately fell one short of a 10-for, though I don't think he'll mind too much.
Is that the innings wrapped up?! This is tossed up from Head on middle and leg, and it beats the bat as the batter looks to work this onside. He's struck on the front pad and given not out, Australia review. This could be going down leg, but has it straightened enough? Yes, yes it has! Three reds as this is shown to hit leg. And Sri Lanka are all out for 113!
Again leans back and smears this fullish delivery to long on
Walloped straight down the ground! And they avoid an innings defeat. This won't be found in any manual, as he just leans back and flat bats this past the bowler.
Sri Lanka still 1 away from avoiding an innings defeat.
And Head has his third! Again with a ripper through bat and pad, as Vandersay goes for the forward defence but ends up with his stumps disturbed. This is a beaut of a ball, just clipping the top of leg.
Harry: "@madushka look I'm English but credit where it's due son. yeah it's not great from Sri Lanka. But this pitch is a nightmare. Why produce this? The Aussies executed the perfect game plan for these atrocious conditions" Yes, it's taking turn, but I wouldn't call it a nightmare by any means. As the Aussie batters showed, if the bowlers don't utilise the conditions well then there's runs to be had.
good length on the stumps, defended
tossed up on off, spins past the outside edge on the forward defence
good length on off, comes forward and defends
Tossed up on off, spinning away, and beats the outside edge. Perfectly bowled.
and Dickwella goes! No repeat of his first innings heroics here, as he goes for the reverse sweep and gets a low top edge towards Marnus at cover, who dives full length to his left to hold on to good low take.
swept from outside off and loops off the top edge to the vacant short fine leg region
Joydeepsinghgil: "Madushka Sri Lanka almostly have avoided inning defeat that's something for them for sure and for their fans either" Not sure they're going to see it that way, Joy. This has been pretty poor from them.
attempted reverse sweep, and there's an appeal as this strikes the front pad. But it looks to have caught a little bottom edge
crunched to the left of extra cover, but this just holds up before the boundary as they run three
driven to mid-off from a length
Reverse sweep but there's a man at backward point
Wow, another ripper from Head! This zips past bat and pad, and deflects of the thigh guard past the keeper
Ravin: "I don't understand the logic behind preparing pitches that turn from the 1st day. Specially considering that the opposition has better spin bowlers and all-round better batting unit"
|Galle International Stadium|
|Toss||Sri Lanka, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||Australia led the 2-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 2469|
|Match days||29,30 June, 1 July 2022 - day (5-day match)|
|Points||Australia 12, Sri Lanka 0|