Sri Lanka vs Australia: Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath etch their names in history books

Kusal Mendis' 176 runs is the highest individual Test score at this very ground of Pallekele.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: July 30, 2016 6:01 pm
Sri Lanka vs Australia, SL vs Aus, Aus vs SL, Kusal Mendis, Rangana Herath, Mendis hundred, sports news, sports, cricket news, Cricket Sri Lanka went 1-0 up after defeating Australia by 106 runs in the first Test at Pallekele. (Source: AP)

Sri Lanka on Saturday registered an emphatic victory over visitors Australia by 106 runs at Pallekele.

This is the second time in the history of the game that the Lankan lions emerged victorious against the mighty Kangaroo side.

Riding on Kusal Mendis’s ferocious knock of 176 runs followed by Rangana Herath’s five-wicket haul in the second innings, the hosts outplayed the number one Test side.

Hosts didn’t begin the contest pretty well as the Australian bowlers caused disturbance in their batting line up with early blows, courtesy their lethal bowling but later on Herath’s spin web demolished Aussie batting line-up.

Here are some of the statistics from the match:

#This was the second occasion in the history of the game when Sri Lanka registered a Test win over Australia. The two teams have met each other 27 times till dates.

#15 LBW dismissals were witnessed in this Test match. This is the most number in any Test match played in Sri Lanka.

#Rangana Herath picked up his 6th five-for in the fourth innings of his career during this Test match against Australia . Only Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne – 7 each have taken more.

#Kusal Mendis’ 176 runs is the highest individual Test score at this very ground of Pallekele. Previous best was by Younis Khan who smashed 171* against Sri Lanka in 2015.

#Kusal Mendis’ 176 is the second best individual score in Test against Australia.

#Kusal Mendis is the only player other than Kumar Sangakkara to make 150-plus in the second innings of Tests against Australia.

#Kusal Mendis is the youngest player to score hundred for Sri Lanka in Tests against Australia.

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