Herath spins Sri Lanka to 3-0 series whitewash
Sri Lanka 355 & 347-8 dec (Silva 115) beat
Australia 379 & 160 (Warner 68) by 163 runs
Third Test, day five, Colombo
Rangana Herath razed the Australian batting line up with seven wickets in the second innings as Sri Lanka bowled the visitors out for 160 runs and secured a massive 163-run win on the fifth day of the third Test in Colombo, which completed a 3-0 series whitewash.
Earlier in the day, Dhananjaya de Silva completed a fifty as Sri Lanka scored 348 for eight before declaring, giving Australia a target of 324 runs.
Sri Lanka began the final day on their overnight score of 312 for eight. De Silva (65 not out) soon completed his fifty and got a few hits away, taking the lead past the 300-run mark.
After batting for 4.3 overs, Sri Lanka declared on 347 for eight, leaving Australia to chase down a target of 324 runs.
The Australian openers Shaun Marsh (23) and David Warner (68) used their feet well in the first session to negotiate the spinners. They rotated the strike and endured a few close calls as they strode on to post a 50-run opening stand in 12 overs.
Warner survived two back to back reviews in the 18th over, one for a catch at slip and one for an LBW.
At the stroke of lunch however, Dilruwan Perera (2-71) had Shaun caught at short leg, to leave Australia at 77 for naught at lunch.
Early in the second session, Warner got to his half-century in 68 balls. The game began to turn Sri Lanka’s way as Herath castled Steven Smith (8) and trapped Adam Voges (1) LBW in the 27th over.
This opened up the floodgates as Australia lost Warner, Moises Henriques (4) and Mitchell Marsh (9) in the space of four overs and were reduced to 123 for six.
Herath completed his ten-wicket haul in the game by dismissing Peter Nevill (2), who was caught in the slip cordon trying to sweep.
Herath then went on to take his second five-wicket haul of the game with the wicket of Mitchell Starc (23) and also sent back Josh Hazlewood (0) and Nathan Lyon (12) in quick succession to bowl Australia out for 160 runs.
This 163-run victory gave Sri Lanka a 3-0 win in the three-match series. It was also Australia’s third consecutive Test series whitewash in Asia.
Herath was the man of the match and also bagged the man of the series award for his 28 wickets in three matches.
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