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’ 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.
Sri Lanka 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.
The major part of the match was put at halt due to rain as well as bad lights. A delay in the start of play wasn’t a rare sight for anyone.
The visiting team experienced a set back soon after the start of the day’s play as Adam Voges went back to the dressing room in the most bizarre manner off Herath.
Kangaroo skipper Steve Smith though showed some resistance to Lankan spin attack but he too was eventually sent packing by Herath.
Australia lost two quick wickets in the form of Steve Smith and Mitchell Starc just before the stroke of lunch on final day and then lost Nathan Lyon just after the lunch break.
Dhananjaya de Silva eventually broke a long and patient partnership of 4 runs that was held for almost 30 overs between Steve O’ Keefe and Peter Nevill.
Left-arm Herath then clipped O’Keefe’s stumps to dismantle Australia’s quest in the first Test match.
This is Sri Lanka’s only second win over Australia in the longest format. Here’s what players and pundits have to say about Sri Lanka’s fascinating win in their own backyard.
What a knock by the youngster @KusalMendis1 character and ability. Sri Lanka poised to win this now. What an innings. Outstanding
Well played Sri Lanka. Big big win. Especially given where they were. Wins like these give confidence to emerging teams.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 30 July 2016
— Lahore Qalandars (@lahoreqalandars) 30 July 2016
What a great test match at Kandy. SLvsAUS… Great comeback by Sri Lanka to win the match good fight back by kangaroos. True Test Match.
— Fakhr-e-Alam (@falamb3) 30 July 2016
Well done, Sri Lanka. Two fairytale Test matches in the last 12 months. Great comeback. 👏👏 #SLvAus
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 30 July 2016
— ICC (@ICC) 30 July 2016
Topsy-turvy, astonishing Test. Sri Lanka have suddenly found new heroes and rediscovered self-belief. Should be a stirring series
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) 30 July 2016
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) 30 July 2016
India bt West Indies 3-0
England bt Pakistan 2-1
Sri Lanka bt Australia 1-0
then ICC rankings
#1 Ind 112
#2 Aus 111
#3 Eng 110
#4 Pak 107
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) 30 July 2016