Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test Result: Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test, 5th day, at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka. Australia struggled a lot to defend this match by an unsuccessful efforts for 9th wickets between Peter Nevill 9(115) and O’Keefe 4(98). The duo showed courage and self belief to defend the match, when they lost their 8th wickets, but the partnership was broken by Dhan de Silva and soon after Herath took his fifth wicket to end the Australian innings. Check the Sri Lanka vs Australia Day 5 Live Score here. Australia who were chasing a very low target of 267 runs was unable to finish with win and loses with severe 106 runs by the Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test Result, Peter Nevill & O’Keefe Shows Patience
It has been a remarkable turnaround by the Sri Lanka. They were all out in first innings on just 117. In replies, Australia did not take required advantages and they all out on 203 with just lead of 86 runs. However, Kusal Mendis, who played a career-defining best knock from a Sri Lankan Opener of 176 in the second innings to take them a healthy lead for the visitors. While chasing 267 Australia loses their 3 wickets in the last session on the 4th day with 83/3. On the day 5, they are expecting a easy win but then Herath spun a web around the Australian batsmen to power Sri Lanka to a come-from-behind 106 run victory.
Earlier, rain delayed the match, Smith glued the innings together. His dismissal just before the lunch opened the floodgates for the Sri Lanka. The duo of O’Keefe and Peter Nevill raised Australia’s hopes of escaping with a draw by a 4 runs partnership on 178 deliveries.
Kusal Mendis, a 21-year-old batsman is awarded Man of the Match for this cracking 176 runs to take a good lead on the second innings. His words in presentation ceremony are as follows-
Kusal Mendis: “Very happy. It was a very good game. I batted well and supported my team. Myself and Chandimal put up a fine partnership and helped the team to win.”