Sri Lanka beat Australia in Pallekele; tourists set world record in defeat

Kusal Mendis

First Test, Pallekele, day five
Sri Lanka 117 & 353: Mendis 176, Starc 4-84
Australia 203 & 161: Smith 55, Herath 5-54
Sri Lanka won by 106 runs

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 106 runs in Pallekele to claim only their second Test victory over the tourists, who set a world record in defeat.

Chasing 268 for victory in the first Test, Australia were all out for 161, their innings including a record 154 consecutive deliveries without a run.

Australia – the world’s top-ranked Test side – had a first-innings lead of 86.

But Kusal Mendis’ superb 176 – his first Test century – and five wickets from Rangana Herath proved decisive.

Australia captain Steve Smith made a gritty 55 before tail-enders Steve O’Keefe and Peter Nevill resisted for 178 balls, scoring four.

The second Test in Galle starts on Thursday, 4 August.

More to follow.

BBC Sport – Cricket

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