Sri Lanka won the second Test match against Australia by an innings and 39 runs.
Sri Lanka won the second Test against Australia in Galle by an innings and 39 runs to level the two-match series 1-1 on Monday, July 11. Sri Lanka also registered their fourth win of the ICC Test World Cup 2021-23, while Australia suffered their first defeat in the competition.
however, Australia remain at the top of the table while Sri Lanka remain in sixth position. Second place is taken by South Africa, third and fourth respectively by Pakistan and India. West Indies with four wins are only one place above Sri Lanka.
England, with five wins from 16 games, are seventh, followed by New Zealand with one win from nine games. Bangladesh remain at the bottom of the table with one win and a draw in ten matches.
Dinesh Chandimal’s heroics take the game out of Australia’s control
As for the match, Australia, after batting first, scored 364 runs in their first innings in 110 overs thanks to centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. Labushan was dismissed for 104 runs while opener Usman Khawaja made 37 runs. Smith scored an unbeaten 145 runs and also broke the century drought. Orthodox left-arm spinner Prabhat Jayasuriya was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers in the innings, claiming six wickets for 118 runs.
Sri Lanka scored 554 runs in 181 overs in their first innings with four batsmen scoring 50 and one scoring a hundred. Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne scored 86, Kusal Mendis at No.3 scored 85, Angelo Mathews (No.4) scored 52 and Kamindu Mendis at No.6 scored 61. Dinesh Chandimal scored his first double hundred and remained unbeaten with 206 runs off 326 balls, 16 fours and five sixes.
Chandimal also set the record for the highest score by a Sri Lankan batsman against Australia, surpassing Kumar Sangakkara’s 192. Australia trailed by 190 at tea on Day 4 and were bowled out for 151 in 41 overs. Jayasuriya again took six wickets to finish with figures of six for 59 runs in the second innings.
Here is the updated WTC scoreboard: