Perera, Herath lead Sri Lanka to series win over Australia

Spin doctor Nathan Lyon dismisses Dhananjaya de Silva

Spin doctor Nathan Lyon dismisses Dhananjaya de Silva

Sri Lanka took three late wickets as they tightened the screws on Australia in the second Test in Galle yesterday after setting the tourists a daunting target of 413 to save the series.

Can Australia make a fist of their second innings or will we see another session of Aussie hara-kiri against spin?

There was drama, with the lbw appeal against Starc turned down but given when skipper Angelo Mathews reviewed the decision.

The debutant Vishwa Fernando also celebrated his first wicket in Test cricket when he sent opener Joe Burns trudging back to the pavilion for nought in only the second ball of the innings.

Australia went to stumps on Friday at 3-25 after a phenomenal 21 wickets fell on the typically dry Galle pitch, and their problems continued on Saturday, with a mix of crafty spin and poor batting leaving them all out for 183.

After posting their all-time lowest score against Sri Lanka, Australia now need to produce the third-highest successful chase in Test history to avoid losing the three-match series.

In the wake of Australia's second confronting Test defeat in as many weeks, extending their winless streak in subcontinental conditions to 17 matches across five years, captain Steve Smith noted the vastly different bowling methods the opposing spin attacks had employed.

The Sri Lanka captain also unfurled the reverse sweep against Lyon to collect a couple of boundaries.

Australias pace spearhead Mitchell Starc though made his presence felt on a track that offered little help to the fast bowlers with his career-best match figures of 11-94.

It's a skill not familiar to Australia's finger spinners, who are brought up being coached to get their fingers more over the top of the ball to get dip, spin and bounce.

He said, "As spinners, we need to keep hitting the stumps", Lyon said.

Warner, as he had in his first innings of 42 off 41 balls, took the spinners on by getting down the wicket.

On Wednesday, in the 244th Youth Test, Sri Lanka won the toss and gave England the privilege to bat first, but the home team was totally undone by Kumara's devastating bowling. "It's now up to us to say "no excuses, full stop" and go out there and learn and get better and put in a good performance come the third Test match". The final match is due to be held in Colombo from August 13.

Smith did not last much longer, as Perera again found himself in the action, this time when the skipper popped up a catch to backward short leg. Umpire Chris Gaffaney had initially ruled this not out but replays found the ball had tickled Smith's glove.

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