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Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test Day 5: Rangana Herath anchor Sri Lanka to famous win at Pallekele

Sri lanka beat Australia in the first Test match by 106 runs to go 1-0 up in the four-match Test series.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: August 4, 2016 8:58:43 am
Live Cricket Score, Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test Day 5: Herath creates pressure on visitors. (Source: AP) Rangana Herath picks another 5-wicket haul in second innings. (Source: AP)

A rain-curtailed, bad lights interrupted cricket match between hosts Sri Lanka and visitors Australia at Pallekele is into its final day. Australia need 185 more runs while Sri Lanka require 7 more scalps to grab a win in the series opener and take lead in this Test series. The match is quite evenly poised as both teams have equal chances of going 1-0 up in the series. Australia captain Steve Smith and Adam Voges are still at the crease. Smith is unbeaten at 26 in visitors’ score of 83/3. Both Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakanhave one wicket apiece so far in the second innings. Rangana Herath got the first breakthrough by bowling opener David Warner for one with the total on two. Warner was dismissed without scoring in the first innings. Bad weather could also prevent a result in the match with more than three sessions already lost in the match. Earlier, batsman Kusal Mendis made 176 to lift Sri Lanka from a precarious position to a more commanding one. Sri Lanka was trailing Australia by 86 runs in the first innings and slumped to 86-4 before Mendis turned the innings around.

LIVE SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia

Sri Lanka vs Australia: As it happened

1456 hrs IST: Rangana Herath picks up final wicket to anchor Sri Lanka to famous win at Pallekele

1452 hrs IST: And another catch goes down

1450 hrs IST: This would be Sri Lanka’s only second win over Australia in the longest format

1446 hrs IST: Last man Josh Hazlewood is out in the middle

1445 hrs IST: WICKET! Finally Silva’s spin gets SL the much needed breakthrough as Nevill goes for 9 and Aus 161/9

1440 hrs IST: Less than 33 overs left in the day’s play

1435 hrs IST: A bit tossed up this time from Herath but that’s another dot delivery

1430 hrs IST: What’s happening at Pallekele, the umpire gave that one out but overturned

1425 hrs IST:  The reviews are replenished after the new ball has been taken

1420 hrs IST: Huge edge. Huge huge edge. Taken at short leg, SL cannot believe that, they don’t have a review

1412 hrs IST: Perera continuing now after the drinks break

1408 hrs IST: Time for drinks. Those dark clouds seem to have left us

1406 hrs IST: Another big shout and appealed turned down… Gritty stuff from these two batsmen

1402 hers IST: Meanwhile this stand 4 off 101 balls

1400 hrs IST: Herath is back with the ball in his hands and looking at the whether even Sri Lanka don’t have time to waste at their disposal

1354 hrs IST: Another maiden from Sri lanka bowlers

1352 hrs IST: A maiden from Pradeep and Australia still struggling at 161/8

1350 hrs IST: Some dark clouds approaching

1345 hrs IST: So some fast bowling on the cards now as Nuwan Pradeep is introduced for the first time in the day

1340 hrs IST: KBW appeals are coming in bulk from Sri Lanka… Terrific bowling

1335 hrs IST: Silva is brought back into the attack

1330 hrs IST: And the Lankan bowlers are asking question with every delivery

1325 hrs IST: FOUR! Nevill is gathering as many runs as he can… Australia 161/8

1320 hrs IST: This is an absolute beauty of spin bowling from Sri Lanka

1312 hrs IST: And the on-field decision sustains

1310 hrs IST: Another loud shout and the umpire is going upstairs

1309 hrs IST: That was a catch and he almost got there

1308 hrs IST: And in comes Steve O’ Keefe and he is the injured soldier of the Aussie batting

1307 hrs IST: WICKET! Nathan Lyon on his way and Sandakan picks up another one… Australia 157/8

1305 hrs IST: A loud appeal from Sandakan and umpire raises his finger and Lyon has gone upstairs

1300 hrs ITS: FOUR! A rare bad delivery from Herath and Nevill strokes that one away to cow corner for a four with authority

1258 hrs IST: That was was outside off stump as Lyon gets a single

1256 hrs IST: Australia go past 150

1255 hrs IST: Fielder in the deep but falls on the bounce in front of Karunaratane

1254 hrs IST: This is really good cricket from Sri Lanka

1250 hrs IST: Meanwhile, catch goes down

1245 hrs IST: Lyon has the best Test score of 40… If he gets near to that also, it would help Australia in this run-chase

1235 hrs IST: We are back with live action and Nathan Lyon is the new man in

1210 hrs IST: Australia go into lunch, struggling at 141/7. (Herath 4/49)

1206 hrs IST: That was a huge blow for Australia as the tail has been exposed now

1205 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath gets the big fish, traps Smith in front… Australia in trouble at 140/6

1159 hrs IST: Steve Smith is still at the crease but you can’t take away the credits from Sandakan

1157 hrs IST: The finger has gone up but Steve Smith thinks that he has totally missed the ball… It seems he has missed it and should be a good review

1155 hrs IST: Peter Neville has come in and Herath is in best of his foms

1154 hrs IST: And that was a review worth-ed as everything fell in Lanka’s favour

1153 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath gets Mitchell Marsh as he traps Marsh in front of the stumps… Aus 139/5

1151 hrs IST: A huge shout for LBW but umpire has turned it down and Mathews goes updstairs straight away

1150 hrs IST: A quick single there from Smith but Pradeep was a bit lazy in collecting that one standing at mid off

1144 hrs IST: Big edge from Smith but falling short of Cover

1140 hrs IST: FIFTY! Skipper Steve Smith completes his half century with a single… Australia 134/4

1135 hrs IST: It’s becoming easy for Aussies as they are able to pick easy singles

1130 hrs IST: And Steve Smith is the key in this innings as he has the ability to anchor the batting line up

1128 hrs IST: De Silva is replacing Sandakan

1124 hrs IST: FOUR! Another one from Mitchell Marsh… Australia 119/4

1121 hrs IST: FOUR! Good, clean hit from Marsh for a boundary

1120 hrs IST: Steve Smith goes across and gets a couple and that’s a good technique

1117 hrs IST: Interesting to see that Sandakan’s end has been changed

1114 hrs IST: Perera is in with his off-spin replacing Sandakan

1113 hrs IST: FOUR! That was a nice straight shot from Mitchell Marsh to release some pressure from him… Australia 104/4

1110 hrs IST: A silly point is in for Marsh

1108 hrs IST: Sandakan is right on the money and another loud appeal for LBW but turned down

1107 hrs IST: A play and a miss for Mitchell Marsh

1106 hrs IST: and that was a bizarre way to get back in the hut for Voges

1105 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh is in next

1104 hrs IST: WICKET! Yes the third umpire feels Voges gives that one straight back to Herath… Australia 96/4


1102 hrs IST: That looks like Herath has given that early wicket to home side… Voges looks to be in  trouble

1100 hs IST: The umpire are having a chat whether that was a catch or not and they have gone upstairs

1059 hrs IST: FOUR! Nice shot from Smith, just waiting for that turn… Aus 96/3

1057 hrs IST: That got some turn and Steve Smith was left in some spot of bother

1055 hrs IST: Some close in fielders there at first slip, silly point and short leg… Australia 92/3

1049 hrs IST: Herath does well to get a hand on it

1045 hrs IST: Both Smith and Voges need to get their eye in because the spinners are getting some real help from the track

1042 hrs IST: Herath will bowl the second over of the day from Media box end

1040 hrs IST: “Exaggerated” turn there from the debut left-arm bowler

1035 hrs IST: We are underway with live action and here are the first runs of the day

1025 hrs IST: There is more rough in the line of stumps… Spinners have a role to play for Sri Lanka

1020 hrs IST: As this tweet suggests and surely this is quite correct as the match is evenly poised


1000 hrs IST: The square covers are off. Still lingering about in the outfield which makes sense


0945 hrs IST: It appears the covers are slowly coming off the ground

0932 hrs IST: The day’s play has been delayed due to rain


0927 hrs IST: Surely some overcast conditions but for now rain has stopped

0925 hrs IST: Little bit of drizzle there in Kandy as the covers are on the pitch


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