Australia wins Galle Test against Sri Lanka by 125 runs

Courtesy: International Cricket Council

A five-wicket haul from fast bowler Ryan Harris helped Australia to a comfortable 125 run victory over Sri Lanka on the fourth day of the first Test in Galle today.

Harris finished with match figures of 5-62, which included the key wicket of Mahela Jayawardene (105).

Jayawardene and Angelo Mathews (95) were stoic in a stand of 142 for the sixth wicket that dragged the hosts back from 68-5 to briefly threaten the most stunning of fightbacks.

It was a partnership that proved difficult to break for Australia, but when they finally did it was not long before Sri Lanka was knocked over for 253, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Sri Lanka was chasing an unlikely fourth-innings target of 379.

At the post-match ceremony, Clarke said that he was “excited” over the ideal start to his full-time Test captaincy and to the three-match series.

He also credited his bowlers and all-rounder Shane Watson for executing the plans of the team management and picking early wickets.

“My first as captain, so very excited. The way we played throughout was spot on. As the days went on, the wicket died a bit, and the pace came off,” Clarke said.

“So, the most important part was the new ball, and our bowlers executed the plans with both new balls. The debutants did a fantastic job. Very special,” he added.

The Man-of-the-Match couldn’t have been easy, but for his innings on the first day, it is

Australian batsman Michael Hussey was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his 95 off 177 balls in the first innings.

  • Pubudu

    For the next test it would be good if Sekkuge Prassana, shaminda Eranga & thirimanna are given chances & better drop Randiv,Welagedara, paranawithana or Samaraweera.
    Randiv should be definitely dropped & sekkuge prassana should be given a debut

  • Susith

    Mathew’s score should not be a factor for him to be selected for next matches. He should be dropped. His batting was not solid or not well composed. Very loose batting he showed. It was a luck that brought him this score.

    Tirimanne or another suitable opener should play. Dilshna should come below the batting order. He is not a good opening batsman for Test cricket.

    By looking at how Paranawithan and Sangakara got out, it is easy to see that their reaction time has gone down. They should improve the reaction time. Get up from your sleep.

    • Pubudu

      Who should be included if Mathews is going to be dropped??? You must be joking…
      Mathews is been groomed for the Captaincy. & He’s young… He should be given every opportunity.. He’s far better than most of the batsman who are in the team…way better technique than Dilshan .. If you see Mathews is a player who can put up a fight when it matters most & he single handedly won ODI matches for us..
      Thirimanna should be included I agree with you in the expense of maybe Samaraweera not Mathews..