Pat Cummins claimed a 10-wicket haul and guided Australia to clinch a 40-run victory over Sri Lanka at the Gabba.
Sri Lanka’s batting failed miserably once again in the second innings, managed to score only 139 and crashed within two-and-a-half days. This victory helped Australia to get back their confidence after the series defeat to India earlier this month. Cummins’ 6 for 23 in the second innings are his best innings figures, and his 10 for 62 too is his career-best.
Cummins, who dismissed Dimuth Karunratne in the last ball of the second day, started with a bang by sending Dinesh Chandimal back in the dugout. Chandimal tried to hit it towards the off-side but Patterson jumped perfectly at gully and took a wonderful catch. Later it was Kusal Mendis, who fell for mere 1. It was a big outside edge which Burns took at second slip. Sri Lanka were reduced to 23/3 in quick succession.
Roshen Silva and Thirimanne tried to steady the ship but Pat Cummins took Silva for 3. By the end of his first spell, Cummins ended up with the figures of 4 for 11 from eight overs. After that, Nathan Lyon and Jhye Richardson took the charge. Richardson bowled Dhananjaya de Silva for only 14.
After the tea break, Pat Cummins struck again. He took the set Thirimanne for 32. With this wicket, he bagged his fourth five-wicket haul in Tests. Later Niroshan Dickwella got dismissed in Richardson’s delivery and became his second victim. Pat Cummins scalped his 10th wicket of the match by picking Dilruwan Perera up, with Kurtis Patterson taking a brilliant catch at gully region.
Sri Lanka got another big blow as Lahiru Kumara ruled out of the rest of the series because of his hamstring injury; which left the visitors with only one wicket in hand. Suranga Lakmal, who bagged 5 wickets in the things, starred hitting boundaries but that didn’t last long. Paine’s quick glove-work in Lyon’s delivery sent him in which helped Australia won by an innings and 40 runs.
Earlier, Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne added 166 runs through a steady association for the fifth wicket in the first innings for Australia. Along with Pat Cummins 10-for 62, this 166-run stand ensured Australia’s thumping victory over Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka 144 (Niroshan Dickwella 64; Pat Cummins 4-39, Jhye Richardson 3-26) and 139 (Lahiru Thirimanne 32; Pat Cummins 6-23) lost to Australia 323 (Travis Head 84, Marnus Labuschagne 81; Suranga Lakmal 5-75) by an innings and 40 runs.