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SL vs Ire - 2nd Test, Galle, day 5

Mendis, Fernando skittle Ireland as Sri Lanka seal innings win

Sri Lanka 704 for 3 dec (Kusal 245, Madushka 205, Karunaratne 115, Mathews 100*) beat Ireland 492 (Campher 111, Stirling 103, Jayasuriya 5-174) and 202 (Tector 85, Mendis 5-64, Fernando 3-30) by an innings and 10 runs

Galle: Ireland collapsed to another innings defeat in the second Test against Sri Lanka, as the hosts completed a 2-0 series win in Galle.

The tourists were out for 202 in their second innings, leaving them 10 shy of Sri Lanka's tally of 704-3 declared.

Spinner Ramesh Mendis ripped through Ireland's batting as he took 5-64 despite Harry Tector's brave 85.

Ireland had opened with their highest Test total of 492 in their first innings, before the hosts' response.

The docile pitch had meant for a runs fest on the opening four days but Mendis' superb bowling performance ensured that the hosts wrapped up victory before tea on Friday.

Sri Lanka won last week's opening Test by an innings and 280 runs and the defeat sees Ireland's run of Test losses since becoming a full member of the International Cricket Council in 2017 stretch to six matches.

Asitha Fernando took three wickets, including the closing dismissals of Tector and Ben White that sealed Sri Lanka's victory.

Despite his side's latest defeat, Ireland skipper Andrew Balbirnie said that his side had made progress from last week's hammering.

Ireland went into the final day on 54-2 - still 158 runs adrift of the hosts' mammoth first-inning total.

They suffered an early blow as Balbirnie was forced off the field after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer from paceman Fernando when he was 24 not out.

Paul Stirling came on as the skipper's replacement after notching his first Test century on day two but managed only one run before being sent back to the pavilion as left-arm spinner Prabath Jayasuriya became the fastest Sri Lankan to reach 50 Tests wickets when Kusal Mendis took a superb diving catch.

Lorcan Tucker, who had hit a brisk 80 in Ireland's first innings, managed only 13 before a short ball from Fernando struck his ribcage and dribbled on to the stumps to leave the Irish on 78-4.

Ireland's other first-inning century maker Curtis Campher contributed only 12 before becoming Ramesh Mendis' third wicket as he gloved to Kusal Mendis when attempting a sweep shot.

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