After an emphatic win in the rain-affected first Test match at Kandy, hosts Sri Lanka would be looking to begin the second encounter in the same manner. The first Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka saw Rangana Herath and Sandakan’s spin web demolishing the Aussie batting line up after the visitors were bowled out for 161 to register a famous 106 runs victory over the visitors. Herath picked up a figures of 5/54 in the second innings while debut man Sandakan was equally instrumental in Sri Lanka’s win as he picked up three wickets. Rangana Herath picked up his 6th five-for in the fourth innings of his career during this Test match against Australia . Only Muttiah Muralitharan andShane Warne – 7 each have taken more. Earlier riding on Kusal Mendis’ swashbuckling innings of 176, the hosts scored 353/10 in the second innings to set Australia a target of 268 runs. Mendis’ 176 runs is the highest individual Test score at this very ground of Pallekele. Previous best was by Younis Khan who smashed 171* against Sri Lanka in 2015Dhananjaya 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. An all-round performance from the hosts put them in the driver’s seat in the previous game and eventually helped them grab a second Test win over Australia in the history of the game.Australia will have a new face in the team when they come out for the second Test match, as Jon Holland, the left-arm spinner has received his Test baggy cap and he would now be a part of the team replacing Steve O’ Keefe who suffered a hamstring injury in the first match.Catch all live updates here.0940 hrs IST: The pitch is dry and batting first is surely a good decision for Angelo Mathews0930 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have won the toss and they will bat first0910 hrs: Jon Holland receives his baggy green cap from Merv Hughes… Holland, a left-arm spinner has replaced Steve O’ Keefe who suffered a hamstring injury in the first matchSri Lanka are in no mood to let Australia off the hook as they look to follow up their first Test victory over the top side in 17 years, skipper Angelo Mathews said on WednesdaySri Lanka suffered another injury setback ahead of the second Test against Australia in Galle with seamer Nuwan Pradeep suffering a hamstring strain during practice, a cricket board official said on Tuesday.
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