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04-Feb-2019 05:24:00 GMT
Aus v SL - 2nd Test, Canberra, day 4

Starc 10-fer helps Australia clean sweep series

Canberra: A resurgent Mitchell Starc took five wickets as Australia wrapped up a confidence-boosting 2-0 series thrashing of Sri Lanka Monday, with the tourists skittled for 149 in the second Test at Canberra.

In front of a sparse crowd on Day 4, Sri Lanka resumed on 17 without loss, needing a daunting 516 to win and ended 367 short.

There was little opposition from the under-quality guests who withered under a pace invasion driven by lead Starc, who finished with 5-46 and took 10 wickets in the diversion as he unequivocally skiped again from a lean spell.

Tim Paine set the enormous pursue announcing Australia's second innings at 196 for three, after their mammoth first innings 534 for five proclaimed. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 215 in answer.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne had endure an intense six overs on Sunday in front of stumps, and they continued with expectations high of setting up a battle.

He neglected to add to his medium-term eight with Starc, bowling at near 145 kph (90 mph), cutting his leg safeguard in just the third over of the day.

It was a major blow for Sri Lanka with the accomplished opener their best batsman in the main innings previously he was struck in the head by a Pat Cummins bouncer.

Brief scores:
Australia 5 for 534 dec (Burns 180, Head 161, Patterson 114*, Fernando 3-126) and 3 for 196 dec (Khawaja 101*, Head 59*) beat Sri Lanka 215 (Karunaratne 59, Starc 5-54) and 149 (Starc 5-46) by 366 runs

Chandimal likewise neglected to convey, battling against the speed and ricochet of a started up Starc, dumbfounding best case scenario the previous year.

He jabbed at an away swinger and was gotten at slip for four by Marnus Labuschagne, topping a hopeless arrangement in which he oversaw only 24 keeps running in two Tests.

Niroshan Dickwella was next in, elevated to number four from his standard six and the wicketkeeper-batsman was building a convenient association before Thirimanne was evacuated by Cummins for 30.

Thirimanne attempted to fight off a short ball from the paceman however it ricocheted off his bat and Cummins took an athletic plunging get.

Starc's Canberra execution established his place in the side, while Richardson developed as a convenient compliment to individual pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Cummins.


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