Australia wrapped the first Test against Sri Lanka inside three days with a comprehensive 10-wicket win at the Galle International Cricket Stadium on Friday (July 1).
The visitors resumed the play on the third day with their first innings as skipper Pat Cummins and Nathan Lyon walked out to bat on a scorching day a day after the wild weather wreaked havoc and utterly destroyed the infrastructure of the stadium.
Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the 1st Test
Sri Lanka right-arm fast-medium Asitha Fernando cleaned up Cummins in the second over of the day and in the next three deliveries did the same to Australia’s N0.11 Mitchell Swepson. Australia took a lead of 109 runs in the first innings with the fifties from Usman Khawaja (71) and Cameron Green (77) making the difference.
Australian spinners comprising Lyon, Swepson and part-timer Travis Head combined together to dismantle Sri Lanka’s second innings in just 22.5 overs. After Sri Lankan openers Pathum Nissanka (14) and Dimuth Karunaratne (23) started on a decent note with 37 runs to their partnership, Lyon made his presence count for Australia. The off-spinner got the better of Karunaratne for the second time and Swepson trapped Nissanka before the wickets for lbw.
Lyon and Swepson continued to cause the damage by getting the wickets of Kusal Mendis and Oshada Fernando respectively. Head chipped in with the wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal in the 19th over. Lyon dismissed Ramesh Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella to finish with figures of 4/31.
ICC World Test Championship Points Table After Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test
Head picked the final two scalps to register career-best numbers of 4/10 in Test cricket. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 113 and Australia were left to chase a minuscule score of 10. David Warner took just four deliveries off Ramesh Mendis, hitting a four and a six to romp Australia to a 10-wicket triumph.
Australia continued their unbeaten run in the World Test Championship 2021-23 with the win in the first Test. Australia topped the charts with a 77.78 win percentage in the current cycle of WTC.
On other hand, Sri Lanka suffered their third loss in this WTC cycle with a 47.62 win percentage and are slotted in the sixth position on the points table.