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Sri Lanka clinch series

Published:Sunday | August 7, 2016 | 8:00 AM
Sri Lanka's bowler Dilruwan Perera (left) celebrates with teammates after taking the wicket of Australia's Josh Hazlewood in Galle, Sri Lanka yesterday.

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP):

Dilruwan Perera took a career-best 10-wicket haul yesterday to hand Sri Lanka a crushing 229-run win over Australia in the second Test and an unassailable 2-0 series lead over the world's top-ranked team.

Chasing 413 to win, Australia were bowled out for 183 in their second innings as the match ended inside three days at Galle International stadium.

This is only the second series win over Australia for Sri Lanka, ranked seventh among the 10 Test-playing nations. The last one came 17 years ago under Sanath Jayasuriya's captaincy.

It is also the largest win by runs between the two countries, the previous best being Australia's 197-run victory at this venue in 2004.

Off-spinner Perera was named Man of the Match after taking six for 70 in the second innings for a match return of 10 for 99 his first 10-wicket haul in Tests. His previous best return in an innings was five for 69 against South Africa, while his top match haul was his eight for 129 from the same Test.

Perera also became the fastest Sri Lankan bowler to take 50 Test wickets, in his 11th game.

After winning the toss, Sri Lanka made 281 in its first innings with Kusal Mendis top-scoring with 86. Australia was bowled out for 106, with Sri Lanka helped by a hat-trick by left-arm spinner Rangana Herath.

Sri Lanka made 237 in their second innings, with Perera also starring with the bat through a top-score of 64.