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Australia thrash Sri Lanka; seal Test series

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Stellar performanceMitchell Johnson missed his century by eight runs in the second test as he remained unbeaten on 92. He capped an all-round performance in the match by grabbing six wickets, including those of Sangakkara and Jayawardene.PHOTO: AP
Stellar performanceMitchell Johnson missed his century by eight runs in the second test as he remained unbeaten on 92. He capped an all-round performance in the match by grabbing six wickets, including those of Sangakkara and Jayawardene.PHOTO: AP

Australia humiliated an ailing Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs to wrap up the series midway through the third day of the second Test in Melbourne on Friday.

Trailing by 304 runs on the first innings, a battered Sri Lanka surrendered for 103 for seven off 24.2 overs with Kumar Sangakkara retiring hurt and out for the rest of the tour.

Prasanna Jayawardene and Chanaka Welegedara were also unable to bat because of injuries.

Johnson dominates

Australia’s rampaging paceman Mitchell Johnson dominated the Test with six wickets and an unbeaten 92. He was a standout man-of-the-match.

It ranks as one of Sri Lanka’s biggest Test drubbings, only inferior to their innings defeats to South Africa in Cape Town (2001) and Colombo (1993).Sangakkara, Prasanna suffer injuries

Their remote hopes of saving the series in Melbourne went out the door when key batsman Sangakkara retired on 27 after he was struck on the glove by a menacing lifter from Johnson. With paceman Welegedara already ruled out of further involvement in the Melbourne Test with a hamstring injury, the Sri Lankan second innings ended at seven wickets down to complete a wretched Test for the tourists.

Bad start for Sri Lanka

Confronted by a 304-run innings deficit after the Australians were dismissed for 460, Sri Lanka effectively hoisted the white flag with the loss of four quick wickets. Sangakkara was the last hope along with vice-captain Angelo Mathews at lunch. But it all unravelled in the middle session with Sangakkara’s unfortunate retirement and Mathews chopping the firebreathing Johnson on to his stumps for 35.

The tourists had a dreadful start with four wickets tumbling in the first six overs, including out-of-form Mahela Jayawardene for a duck.

Mahela Jayawardene, who has struggled for runs away from home in the last three years, lasted just six balls before edging Jackson Bird on to his stumps in the second over of the innings. Earlier, Australia lasted just 5.4 overs into the third day before their first innings ended. Johnson was stranded eight runs short of his second Test century off 150 balls.AFP

E. Cowan c M. Jayawardene b Prasad 36

D. Warner c Prasad b Mathews 62

P. Hughes run out (Dilshan) 10

S. Watson c Samaraweera b Prasad 83

M. Clarke c M. Jayawardene b Eranga 106

M. Hussey c Herath b Dilshan 34

M. Wade c Eranga b Prasad 1

M. Johnson not out 92

P. Siddle c M. Jayawardene b Eranga 13

N. Lyon c Chandimal (sub) b Mathews 1

J. Bird b Eranga 0

Fall of wickets: 1-95, 2-117, 3-117, 4-311, 5-313, 6-315, 7-376, 8-434, 9-451, 10-460

Welegedara 14.4-6-38-0, Eranga 27-2-109-3 (2nb, 5w), Prasad 26-2-106-3 (1w), Mathews 16-3-60-2, Herath 39-7-95-0, Dilshan 12-1-38-1

D. Karunaratne run out (Warner/Johnson) 1

T. Dilshan c Cowan b Johnson 0

K. Sangakkara retired injured 27

M. Jayawardene b Bird 0

T. Samaraweera lbw b Bird 1

A. Mathews b Johnson 35

D. Prasad c Hughes b Lyon 17

R. Herath not out 11

S. Eranga c Cowan b Siddle 0

P. Jayawardene absent hurt 0

C. Welegedara absent hurt 0

1-1, 2-1, 3-3, 4-13, 5-74, 6-102, 7-103

Johnson 8-0-16-2, Bird 9-1-29-2 (1nb), Siddle 5.2-0-32-1, Lyon 2-0-16-1

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