The article includes Sri Lanka v Australia Match Review, Match Predictions, Where to watch live cricket streaming, Cricket Match Score Card, Day by Day Summary, Man of the Match Sections.
Sri Lanka v Australia | First Test, Day 5
It’s a stunning win for Sri Lanka in Pallekele, as the host nation beat Australia by 106 runs in the first cricket test match between Sri Lanka v Australia. Sri Lanka now leads the series with 1-0. This is Australia’s 7th consecutive lost in Asia. This win is the second victory for Sri Lanka in test matches against world champions Australia.
Australia started the test with hot favorites on first day of the first test match and bowled out Sri Lanka for just 117 runs on the board. Remember Sri Lanka has a young side and most of the players are at early stage of their career. Dhananjaya de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan make their debuts for Sri Lanka in this test match. The team also lost to England recently. Australia on the other hand is the no 1 in ICC rankings for test matches. So considering all those circumstances Australia were the hot favorites for this series.
For Australia it was Lyon who took 3 wickets for just 12 runs in 3 overs. Hazelwood 3 for 21 in 10 overs. The other two bowlers Starc and O’Keefe took 2 wickets each for 51 nad 32 runs respectively.
Australia also lost quick wickets in first innings. And Warner and Burns got our in first 4 overs. Australia managed to score 203 runs. Voges was the highest scorer with 47 runs.
For Sri Lanka Herath took 4 for 49 in 25 overs. Debutant Sandakan also took 4 wickets for 58 in 21.2 overs. He impressed lots of people with his sharp off spinners. Surely he is a bright hope for Sri Lankan future.
In second innings Sri Lanka managed to score 353 runs thanks to a wonderful knock by Kusal Mendis. Mendis scores 176 runs on 254 balls with the help of 21 fours and 1 six. Chandimal also scored 42 runs. Sri Lanka give Australia a target of 267 runs in fourth innings.
In reply Australia just managed to score 161 runs and got out just before tea on fifth day. Steve Smith scored 55 runs. For Sri Lanka it was once again Herath who managed to take 5 wickets for 54 runs in 33.3 overs. It was Herath 25th five wicket hold in test matches for Sri Lanka. He is no doubt Sri Lanka’s best spinner after Muttiah Muralitharan.
Although Herath took 9 wickets in the match but for his outstanding performance with the bat scoring 176 runs on a tough pitch, Kusal Mendis was given Man of the Match. The second test will start from 4th of August at Galle. It will be an exciting game of cricket as Australia will try to level the series.
Today Match Predictions
The match ended in a victory for Sri Lanka. Our prediction meter earlier predicted Australia victorious. But Sri Lanka came back to win the test match. Thus our prediction meter made false prediction this time.
Where to watch live cricket streaming of Sri Lanka v Australia
Match is telecast live by many broadcasters in the world. You can watch live cricket match on Ten Sports live streaming.
Cricket Score Card
- Toss: Sri Lanka, chose to bat first
- Sri Lanka (1st Innings) 117 for 10. (Lyon 3-12, Hazlewood 3-21)
- Australia (1st Innings) 203 for 10. (Voges 47, Herath 4-49, Sandakan 4-58)
- Sri Lanka (2nd Innings) 353 for 10. (Mendis 176, Starc 4-84)
- Australia (2nd Innings) 161 for 10 (Smith 55, Herath 5-54)
- Sri Lanka won the match by 106 runs
Day by Day Summary
- Tuesday, 26 July – day 1 – Australia 1st innings 66/2 (UT Khawaja 25*, SPD Smith 28*, 20 overs)
- Wednesday, 27 July – day 2 – Sri Lanka 2nd innings 6/1 (JK Silva 2*, 2.2 overs)
- Thursday, 28 July – day 3 – Sri Lanka 2nd innings 282/6 (BKG Mendis 169*, MDK Perera 5*, 80 overs)
- Friday, 29 July – day 4 – Australia 2nd innings 83/3 (SPD Smith 26*, AC Voges 9*, 27 overs)
- Saturday, 30 July- day 5- Australia 2nd innings 161/10 – End of Match.
Man of the Match: Kusal Mendis
Sri Lanka Squad
FDM Karunaratne, JK Silve, BKG Mendis, LD Chandimal, AD Methews, DM de Silva, MDKJ Parera, MDK Parera, HMRKB Herath, PADLR Sandakan, N Pradeep
JA Burns, DA Warner, UT Khawaja, SPD Smith, AC Voges, MR Marsh, PM Nevill, SNJ O’Keefe, MA Starc, NM Lyon, JR Hazlewood