Rangana Herath Takes Hat-Trick As Australia Collapse For 106  

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Colombo: Rangana Herath took a hat-trick as Australia was bowled out for 106 in the first innings of the second test on Friday — its lowest-ever total in test cricket against Sri Lanka.

Herath dismissed Adam Voges (8), who was caught by Dimuth Karunaratne at extra-cover, and trapped Peter Neville and Mitchell Starc lbw in his seventh over to complete the hat-trick and become only the second Sri Lankan cricketer to achieve the feat after seam bowler Nuwan Zoysa. Herath partnered with off-spinner Dilruwan Perera to take eight Australian wickets in the morning after the tourists had resumed the day at 54-2.

Perera struck in the third over of the day, bowling Usman Khawaja out for 11, while Herath opened his innings by bowling Australia captain Steve Smith out for 5 and reducing Australia to 59-4. Perera returned best figures of 4-29, while Herath had 4-35. Australian fast bowlers took three quick wickets before lunch, trailing Sri Lanka by 206 runs.

Opener Kaushal Silva (2) was caught by Smith off fast bowler Josh Hazlewood with the total on 5. Mitchell Starc, who took five wickets in the first innings, then dismissed Dinuth Karunaratne (7) and in-form Kusal Mendis (7) for 2-17 at the interval.

AP

 

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