Twitter reaction: Rangana Herath & Co. skittle out Australia for their lowest score in Sri Lanka
Published - Aug 5, 2016 6:01 am | Updated - Aug 5, 2016 6:19 am
Sri Lanka gained firm upper hand over Australia the 2nd test which is currently underway at the Galle International Stadium. Batting in reply to Sri Lanka’s 281, Australia faced a huge slump on day two after they were bundled out just 106.
Lankan bowling spearhead, left-arm spinner Rangana Herath and off-spinner Dilruwan Perera were the wrecker-in-chief sharing 8 wickets between them. Australia ended day one on a pretty stable note ending at 54/2 with Usman Khawaja batting on 11.
The morning session began with great drama. With pitch offering great amount assistance to slow bowlers, Matthews began with the spin bowling duo of Perera and Herath straightway. Both got the Aussies under pressure in no time. After being just three over in the day, Australia lost main men Khawaja and Smith with Perera getting rid of Khawaja in his first over and Smith losing his wicket to Herath in the following over.
Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh rotated the strike for few over thereafter and kept the spinner working for their wicket. But, the 25th over of the game saw the most memorable moment of the day. The Australians plunged into further misery as Rangana Herath grabbed the first hattrick of his career snaring Adam Voges, Peter Nevil and Mitchell Starc off consecutive deliveries.
Soon the inning got wrapped up in no time as Perera and Lakshan Sandakan polished off the tail in no time. Herath ended with 4/35, Perera also ended up with a four wicket haul taking 4/29 while Sandakan who took a single wicket.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 5, 2016
Australia are worse than England when it comes to playing spin. Never believed I would say this! #SLvAUS
— Ánkit Damania (@punterankit) August 5, 2016
#SLvAUS This is what happens when you produce nothing but roads at home. You can't bat to a spinning or swinging ball
— Andy Mackenzie (@SportyVegetable) August 5, 2016
— Saqib R Khan (@ambivalentsaqib) August 5, 2016
all due respect to Sri Lanka but they are 7th in the world!? we are number 1 how about we start to play like it outside of Australia #SLvAUS
— Jimmy Plunkett (@jimmyplunkett9) August 5, 2016
Interestingly Muralitharan who holds the most wickets in test never got a hattrick for SL but Zoysa who had just 64 wkts got one.#SLvAUS
— Akshat Gaur (@akshatgaur1) August 5, 2016
Seven years ago in Galle, Herath kickstarted his career with the wickets of Mohammad Yousuf and Salman Butt. Long journey since. #SLvAUS
— Dileep Premachandran (@SpiceBoxofEarth) August 5, 2016
This the worsest Australian side i ever see tour to Sri Lanka #SLvAUS
— Chirath Vithanage (@ChirathV) August 5, 2016
People who termed SL a bunch of jokers are now using the same term for Australia ? #SLvAUS
— Aishwaryaa Haridas (@ImAishu_) August 5, 2016
— Scott Bailey (@scottybailey313) August 5, 2016
— Gunner (@Nicks103) August 5, 2016
Australia play spin like Brisbane play footy. #SLvAUS
— Titus O'Reily (@TitusOReily) August 5, 2016
8 wickets in one session? I mean half a session? Kill me now #SLvAUS
— Josh (@joshiefairburn) August 5, 2016
Sandakan makes his presence felt in the session of Herath & Perera. Aussies bowled out for 106. Sheeeeeee! #SLvAUS
— Sakshi Gupta (@sakshi2929) August 5, 2016
Aus lowest total vs SL:
106 Galle 2016
120 Kandy 2004
140 Kandy 1999
161 Pallekele 2016#SLvAUS
— Dharmendra Pant (@DMPant) August 5, 2016
— Girish Amitabh (@girishamitabh) August 5, 2016
— Anupam Jaina (@pum_jaina) August 5, 2016