Pat Cummins achieved his 5fer on Australia Day when he dismissed Lahiru Thirimanne on 32.
Cummins pitched up a good length before it swinging in straight closer to the off stump.
Thirimanne had to lunge forward and put his defense edge early having taken the eyes off the ball.
And it cost his wicket dearly when the bat edged straight to Tim Paine’s gloves.
Thirimanne should’ve left it out or at least play a shot in that area using the feet to execute well past the fielder.
Niroshan Dickwella and Dilruwan Perera regrouped Sri Lanka on the front foot as they together go past the 100 run mark.
Although, Jhye Richardson at last found the breakthrough he needed to feed the wicket that Australia needed.
Richardson pitched up short then bounce straight at high speed before Dickwella pulled it early without any foot movement.
And it turned out wrong when his head movement doesn’t stay still and jumps around; his time is up when Marcus Harris took the catch.
Harris reacted very well and alerted by walking in and caught with soft hands at backward square leg.
With Dickwella out for 24, Sri Lanka 7-109 as they trail by 70 runs or else lose this match if they fail to meet that target.
Second Session, Part 2
Pat Cummins achieved his 10fer for this match when Kurtis Patterson produced a sensational diving catch.
Again, Cummins planted an excellent foundation in the middle so the ball can make it speed up straight & swing towards the off stump.
D. Perera couldn’t time it well as well as moving his feet as his defense wasn’t good enough to let it block off the open bat face.
Plus his head position hindered his ability to keep his wicket as the ball carried straight to Patterson’s right hand.
Australia only needs one wicket to win despite Sri Lanka 8-116 unless the visitors gain 63 runs.
That’s because of the hamstring injury from Lahiru Kumara won’t play for this match & next game.
Suranga Lakmal may have used a bit of time to score some quickfire runs v the tired fast bowling.
But Nathan Lyon had the last laugh when Tim Paine’s remarkable stumping behind the stumps ended two things:
- Lakmal’s innings at the crease on 24
- A win to savor for Australia
Final 3rd Innings Score: Sri Lanka 9-139 and Australia win by an innings and 40 runs.
Australia leaves The Gabba in Brisbane 1-0 up.
They now go into Manuka Oval in Canberra on February 1-5 for the 2nd and Final Test in this series.
It’s also the place that this match will be the final game of the 2018-19 Australian Home International Season.
For now, the 1st Test is now done and dusted.