Channel News Asia – CANBERRA: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc struck early blows as Australia closed in on victory in the second test against Sri Lanka and a 2-0 series win at Manuka Oval on Monday.

Summary

  • CANBERRA: Fast bowler Mitchell Starc struck early blows as Australia closed in on victory in the second test against Sri Lanka and a 2-0 series win at Manuka Oval on Monday.
  • Chasing an improbable 516 for victory, the touring side reached 87 for five at lunch on the fourth day against Australia, who won the opening test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs.
  • Left-arm quick Starc bowled with the same aggression and pace that earned him a five-wicket haul in the first innings and added the wickets of opener Dimuth Karunaratne and Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal to his tally.
  • Sri Lanka promoted Niroshan Dickwella, who had made an attacking 64 in Brisbane, and he and opener Lahiru Thirimanne added 30 for the third wicket.
  • Starc returned for his second spell to dismiss Dickwella (27) and Kusal Perera, who was cleared to bat on Monday after being hit on the helmet by a bouncer on the third morning, in successive deliveries to take his match haul to nine.


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