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Dilruwan Perera bowls Sri Lanka to a historic series win

Dilruwan Perera picked a six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka in the second innings.
Dilruwan Perera picked a six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka in the second innings.
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Sri Lanka 281 & 237 (Dilruwan 64) beat
Australia 106 & 183 (Dilruwan 6-70) by 229 runs
Second Test, day three, Galle

Dilruwan Perera became the first Sri Lankan cricketer to take a 10-wicket haul and hit a fifty in a Test match as Sri Lanka bowled Australia out for 183 runs in the second innings and secured a massive 229-run victory on the third day of the second match in Galle while also taking an unbeatable 2-0 lead.

Sri Lanka began the day on the overnight score of 25 for three. David Warner (41) and Steven Smith (30) adopted a positive approach and counterattacked at the start of the play.

This approach paid off for five overs before Warner was trapped LBW by Dilruwan (6-70). A review from the left-hander did not save him.

Five overs later, Adam Voges (28) was given caught at short leg by the umpire but the call was reversed after a review by the batsman. There was no bat involved.

However, the procession of wickets continued as Smith was caught at backward short leg in the 20th over. Initially, he was given not out but Sri Lanka reviewed the decision successfully, leaving Australia at 80 for five.

Voges and Mitchell Marsh (18) prevented the inevitable with a 39-run stand and saw out 12.5 overs.

In the 32nd over, Marsh padded a sharp off-break from Lakshan Sandakan (1-30) and was ruled not out. Sri Lanka once again reviewed and the ball was shown to be hitting the stumps, sending Marsh back to the hut.

Dilruwan went on to complete his five-wicket haul when he bowled Voges around his legs while attempting a reverse sweep.

Peter Nevill (24) and Mitchell Starc (26) took Australia to lunch with the score reading 129 for seven.
In the second session, Starc attempted to counterattack his way out, but he lasted five overs and hit three fours and a six before Rangana Herath (2-74) breached his defences.

It took Sri Lanka a little over five overs to dismiss Josh Hazlewood (7) and Nevill as Australia were bowled out for 183 runs in 50.1 overs.

This win gave Sri Lanka an unassailable 2-0 lead which secured the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy. It was also Sri Lanka’s first series-win against Australia since 1999. Dilruwan was the man of the match.

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