After losing the series opener, Sri Lanka came back strongly and defeated Australia in the second and final Test by an innings and 39 runs to level the series 1-1. Senior batter Dinesh Chandimal and debutant Prabath Jayasuriya were the main architects behind the epic victory of the Islanders at Galle International Stadium.
In reply to Australia’s 364, Chandimal smashed a tremendous double century to power Sri Lanka to a massive 554 in their first innings. Chandimal, who became the first Sri Lankan to hit a maiden double ton against the Aussies, remained unbeaten on 206 and gave the Islanders a 190 runs lead.
In response to the hosts first innings total, the visitors were bundled out for a mere 151, losing the contest by an innings and 39 runs. Debutant Jayasuriya, who picked up a six-wicket haul in the first innings, continued his golden run with the ball and exhibited another dominant performance in the second essay.
Jayasuriya bagged another six-wicket haul to completely crush the tourists, leading his side to a remarkable victory. Overall, the left-arm spinner picked up 12 wickets in the match and marked his grand arrival in the longest format.
Sri Lanka 554 (Chandimal 206*, Karunaratne 86, Kusal Mendis 85, Starc 4-89, Swepson 3-103) beat Australia 364 (Smith 145, Labuschagne 104, Jayasuriya 6-118) and 151 (Labuschagne 32, Jayasuriya 6-59, Theekshana 2-28, Ramesh Mendis 2-47) by an innings and 39 runs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— ICC (@ICC) July 11, 2022
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 11, 2022
— Ashwin 🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) July 11, 2022
First Australian Test loss by an innings since Hobart in 2016 when they were embarrassed by South Africa #SLvAUS
— Andrew McCormack (@_AMcCormack7) 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
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
Dinesh Chandimal now has the largest individual score by a Sri Lankan against Australia in Test history.#SLvAUS
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 11, 2022
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) July 11, 2022
Sri Lanka beat Australia by innings and 39 runs – level the Test series 1-1. 206* by Chandimal and 12 wickets by Prabath Jayasuriya were the stars of Sri Lanka in the Test match.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 11, 2022
After being bowled out in 22.5 overs in the last Test, to come back to the same venue and get 554 must feel pretty good.
An innings win over Australia to boot – great end to a fantastic tour. #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/tUn8hf0bkC
— Estelle Vasudevan (@Estelle_Vasude1) July 11, 2022
Prabath Jayasuriya finishes with 12-177 on his Test debut as SL beat Australia by an innings and 39 runs and level the series!!!
What an incredible moment for SL!!!!! #SLvAUS
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) July 11, 2022