Australia’s spinners dominated the proceedings on Day 3 of the Galle Test as the visitors defeated Sri Lanka by 10 wickets to go 1-0 up in the two-match series.
The hosts’ batting collapsed as they lost 10 wickets inside 23 overs to get bundled out for 113, giving the Aussies only five runs to win the contest, which the tourists did off just four balls. Notably, it was Australia’s first Test win in Sri Lanka since 2011. Further, it was also the first occasion when Australia won in Sri Lanka batting second, as their seven previous wins came batting first.
Nathan Lyon was the star with the ball, finishing with nine wickets in the match and marched into the all-time top 10 Test wickets-takers. He got surprising support from Travis Head in the second innings, who went on to take career-best Test figures of 4/10.
Despite Lyon’s spectacular performance, all-rounder Cameron Green was named ‘Player of the Match’ for his crucial 77 on a difficult batting surface on Day 2 of the game.
Sri Lanka 212 (Niroshan Dickwella 58, Angelo Mathews 39; Nathan Lyon 5/90, Mitchell Swepson 3/55) and 113 (Travis Head 4/10, Nathan Lyon 4/31) lost to Australia 321 (Cameron Green 77; Ramesh Mendis 4/112) and 10/0 by 10 wickets.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) July 1, 2022
First back-to-back Test wins for Australia in Asia since Bangladesh 2006. They played 28 in between, for three wins #SLvAUS
— Adam Burnett (@AdamBurnett09) July 1, 2022
Great win by the Aussie boys by 10 wickets ✅
Usman providing great support for D.Warner in the run chase 🎯
Travis Head finally had a bowling average firstly 124 now 33.5 👍
Hope SL batsman play some shots in 2nd Test 😮#SLvAus
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) July 1, 2022
The 1st #SLvAus Galle Test just lasted 920 balls – the shortest Test match that ended in home side's defeat since Australia beat New Zealand in the Wellington Test in 1946/46 which lasted 872 balls.
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) July 1, 2022
That it is Australia’s youngest batter who provided the perfect blueprint to succeed against spin in these extremely challenging conditions says both a lot about Cam Green the talent & also how much more confident Australia’s batting group is against the turning ball now #SLvAus
— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) July 1, 2022
10-wicket win in under two and a half days!
A stunning victory from our boys, four wickets for both Nath Lyon and Trav Head!
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) July 1, 2022
— ICC (@ICC) July 1, 2022
Australia won the Test series in Pakistan and won the first Test in Sri Lanka by 10 wickets. #SLvAUS
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) July 1, 2022
Australia win the first Test by 10 wickets.
An incredible morning of Test cricket, the Aussies had Sri Lanka in a complete spin.
But all the credit has to go to Khawaja, Green and Carey yesterday. Made tough conditions look easy.
First win in SL for Aus since 2011.#SLvAUS
— Lachlan McKirdy (@LMcKirdy7) July 1, 2022
This is the first time Pat Cummins has not bowled in a Test innings.#SLvAUS
— Nic Savage (@nic_savage1) July 1, 2022