Brisbane done, off to Canberra next but Sri Lanka have a baggage of an injury as well along with the defeat to be carried forward. Lahiru Kumara is ruled out of the series. Lots of headaches for the visitors and one can only think that the only way for them to come back will be to start afresh and treat the next one as a completely new game, trying to forget this loss as soon as possible. That Test will begin on 1st Feb, Friday. That will be a Day game and will begin at 1030 Local (2330 GMT, Jan 31 night). Join us for that! Till then, take care and cheers. For live cricketing action now though, you can switch tabs to follow the game between India and New Zealand where the hosts are chasing a mountain of runs at Mount Maunganui.
PAT CUMMINS IS ADJUDGED AS THE MAN OF THE MATCH FOR HIS INCREDIBLE MATCH FIGURES OF 10/62.
Earlier in the game, Australia bundled out the visitors for a paltry 144 after the latter had won the toss and decided to bat first. Cummins was the wrecker-in-chief in that innings as well picking up four whereas the debutant Jhye picked up three. In their turn to bat, Australia were at a precarious position at one stage at 82/4 but then a 166-run stand for the fifth wicket between Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head meant they comfortably went past the Sri Lankan total. They ended up with a lead of 179 which in the end proved to be more than enough for the hapless Asian team.
Sri Lanka have received a real pasting here. Outplayed in all departments in this Daynight Test here at Brisbane. The second innings went spiralling down and the lack of resistance would be what hurts the visitors the most. Pat Cummins destroyed the batting order picking up 6 wickets and was given good support by Jhye Richardson who picked up two of his own. Nathan Lyon had a lone wicket whereas the last batsman, Lahiru Kumara was absent hurt. There was not much to talk about the batting, only Lahiru Thirimanne provided some resistance but was running out of partners all through the innings.
Jhye Richardson in an interview says that he was nervous the first day. Adds that he is happy to have contributed to the team victory. Applauds his teammates for a stellar performance and singles out Cummins for special praise. Talking about the post-match huddle, he says that the skipper was telling them that it was a pep talk and motivation for them to continue these kind of performances. Signs off by saying it was an amazing catch from Patterson and really loves the fielding effort of everyone.
N Lyon to Lakmal, OUT! It is all over here at the 'Gabba. Lahiru Kumara is not going to come out to bat and hence, that is the end of the Test match. AUSTRALIA HAVE WON BY AN INNINGS AND 40 RUNS, LEAD 1-0 IN THE TWO-MATCH SERIES. Coming to the last wicket, it was a flighted ball on middle and turning in, Lakmal could not resist and comes down the ground looking to smash it into oblivion but misses the ball and Paine completes an easy stumping. A fitting way for the inspirational skipper of Australia to end the game. He took over in tough times and this victory would mean a lot after the series loss to India. Pulls up all the teammates in a huddle and gives a pep talk before they walk off the field all smiles.
N Lyon to Lakmal, A back foot defense this time from the batsman.
N Lyon to S Lakmal, Short of a length this time, Lakmal rocks back and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
N Lyon to Lakmal, Suranga comes ahead and defends the ball onto the ground.
N Lyon to Lakmal, A flatter one on middle and leg, Lakmal looks to work it on the leg side but misses the ball completely.
END OF OVER 50 | 9 Runs & 0 Wkt | SL 137/8
Nathan Lyon is now into the attack.
M Starc to Lakmal, Short of a length and Suranga rocks back and punches this one for a single on the off side towards point. Keeps strike for the next over.
M Starc to Lakmal, Mistimes the pull this time towards mid-wicket.
M Starc to Lakmal, FOUR! Hit through mid off now. A full length ball on middle and off, Lakmal makes room and lifts it towards long off for a boundary. The second of the over.
M Starc to Lakmal, Lakmal swinging at everything here, misses the ball completely this time though outside off.
M Starc to Lakmal, FOUR! Suranga is having fun out there. He makes room, Starc delivers this one short and wide outside off. Lakmal cuts it away through cover-point for a boundary. The deficit is under 50 now.
Starc to Lakmal, Yorker from Starc on off stump line, dug out by Lakmal.
END OF OVER 49 | 7 Runs & 0 Wkt | SL 128/8
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, IN THE AIR BUT SAFE! Short of a length delivery, Lakmal looks to pull but hits his gloves and the ball lands between leg gully and the keeper. The batsmen take a single.
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, Short of a length delivery, it rises off the deck, Lakmal looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Full and wide outside off, Chameera drives it uppishly through covers. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets.
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Good length delivery on off, Chameera defends off the back foot.
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Bowls a bumper, Dushmantha ducks underneath it.
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, Short and wide outside off, Lakmal cuts it through point. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. Sri Lanka trail by 55 runs.