Wickets galore as hosts take charge


After a day where no fewer than 21 wickets fell, Sri Lanka are firmly in control of the second Test against Australia in Galle.

Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera wreaked havoc on the Australian batting lineup on the second morning of a Test match that seems destined to conclude before lunch on the third day, the spin twins took four apiece as the visitor's crumbled to 106 all out.

David Warner's quick fire 42 was the top score followed by Mitchell Marsh's 27. Herath ended with figures of 4/35 while Dilruwan was the pick of the bowlers with his 4/29.

Herath became the second Sri Lankan after Nuwan Zoysa to take a Test hat-trick dismissing Adam Voges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc.

Sri Lanka came in and, while they struggled to find an answer to the incredible Starc, a fighting 64 from man of the match candidate Dilruwan, helped them post a total of 237 with a run rate of just under four per over.

Starc finished with figures of 6 for 50 and match figures of 11/94 both of which are career bests, although for the left-armer the circumstances will probably make today a day he doesn't want to remember.

Herath and Dilruwan shared the highest partnership of the innings (61) as the spinners starred with the bat.

The drama was far from over though as Australia were left to navigate a tricky six over before the close.

Herath opened the bowling and grabbed the wicket of Joe Burns off the last ball of his opening over prompting Australia to send in Nathan Lyon as nightwatchman.

Lyon couldn't see his side to the close though as a brillaint catch from Kaushal Silva gave Dilruwan his fifth wicket of the match, the spinner then deceived Usman Khawaja who left a straight one first ball and had to head back to the dressing room.

Dilruwan missed out on a hat-trick as Steve Smith was resolute in his defence.

Warner persisted with his ultra-attacking style crashing four boundaries as he finished unbeaten on 22.

Australia still need 388 runs to win, but it is more likely that Sri Lanka will grab the seven wickets they need to clinch the series.