Twitter Reactions: Prabath Jayasuriya, Dinesh Chandimal flatten Australia to level series
Sri Lanka won the second Test by an innings and 39 runs.
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Sri Lanka overcame all odds to register a convincing win against Australia in the second Test match at the Galle International Stadium by a comprehensive margin of an innings and 39 runs. Coming into this contest, the Aussies were regarded as the outright favourites to seal the two-match series, but the hosts did the unthinkable to ensure that it ended at 1-1.
The Lankans were forced to field a depleted side for this must-win contest with most of their key players testing COVID-19 positive and in spite of that, the hosts ensured that they did not press the panic button and made their performances do the talking on the field. Australia, who had come into this contest on the back of an outstanding 10-wicket win in the series opener, looked totally clueless this time around with both bat and ball.
Sri Lanka register a morale-boosting win in the second Test against Australia
Australian skipper Pat Cummins called it right at the toss and elected to bat first. The visitors did make the most of their chances and posted a good first innings total of 364 riding on centuries from Steve Smith (145*) and Marnus Labuschagne (104), respectively. The visitors’ first innings total looked good at one point in time, but the Sri Lankan batters had other ideas.
The hosts’ top-order and the middle-order chipped in when it mattered the most, as it was former skipper Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 206 that ultimately turned out to be the difference-maker in deciding the eventual outcome of the contest. Chandimal’s impactful double century powered Sri Lanka to a mammoth 554, which helped them enjoy a huge first innings lead of 190 runs.
Nonetheless, the Australian second innings was steamrolled on what seemed to be a perfect turning track with spin sensation Prabath Jayasuriya registering a match-winning 6/59. Maheesh Theekshana 2/28 and Ramesh Mendis 2/47 played great supporting roles as the visitors were all out for just 151. Apart from Marnus Labuschagne (32), none of the other players could score 30 or more runs. The Sri Lankan victory has prevented Australia from registering a back-to-back Test series victory in the subcontinent.
Here’s how Twitter reacted:
— Mahela Jayawardena (@MahelaJay) July 11, 2022
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 11, 2022
Five wins each across all the formats.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) July 11, 2022
I have done a few cricket tours in my tine, and this #SLvAUS series will rank right among the top of those – for emotion, quality of cricket and for drama (both on and off the field) – well done to Australia for coming and then staying and playing some fabulous cricket!
— Hemant (@hemantbuch) July 11, 2022
A Chris Silverwood Appreciation Tweet 👏
Took England through one of the toughest periods during COVID.
— England’s Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) July 11, 2022
And so ends a fantastic multi-format tour.
Not our boys' best day today but we saw some super matches and performances.
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 11, 2022
10 wicket haul on a debut ✔️
Best figures by a Sri Lankan on a debut ✔️
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 11, 2022
Congratulations to Dinesh Chandimal on your test double century.
An amazing effort to score over 200 runs in one innings in notoriously difficult sub continent conditions.
Well played👏🏽👏🏽 #SLvAUS
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) July 11, 2022
6-118 and 6-59 | Prabath Jayasuriya is the first bowler in 34 years to take 6 wickets in both innings of a debut Test match. Last one was India's Narendra Hirwani (8-61 & 8-75) against West Indies in Chennai in 1988. #SLvAus
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) July 11, 2022
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) July 11, 2022
Prabath Jayasuriya is the Rangana Herath cover band that Australia really didn't want to hear #SLvAUS
— Daniel Brettig 🏏 (@danbrettig) July 11, 2022
Prabath Jayasuriya records the best test figures for Sri Lanka on debut : 12/177 in the match as Sri Lanka beat Australia to level the series 1-1 pic.twitter.com/7gClKIoW77
— Azzam Ameen (@AzzamAmeen) July 11, 2022
Congratulations @OfficialSLC. A stirring victory in trying times for the nation. I know it’s only a game but I hope it brings a little joy.
— Neroli Meadows (@Neroli_Meadows) July 11, 2022
After everything they’ve been through & continue to go through, it’s so good to see the Sri Lankan cricketers walking around posing for selfies with fans and groundstaff with the biggest smiles you’ll ever see #SLvAus
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) July 11, 2022
— Farveez Maharoof (@farveezmaharoof) July 11, 2022
A brilliant victory for Sri Lanka 🇱🇰 well played! Jayasuriya on fire with the ball. Congrats lads! #SLvAUS
— Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) July 11, 2022
What a win for Sri Lanka! Aus talked about managing the tempo before this Test but for the past 3 days SL controlled it perfectly. Hope this brings some joy to SL fans. #SLvAUS
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) July 11, 2022
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) July 11, 2022
— Mpumelelo Mbangwa (@mmbangwa) July 11, 2022