Sunday 17 December 2017 / 03:03 PM

AUSTRALIA CRUMBLING TOWARDS SERIES DEFEAT IN SRI LANKA

Australia need another 388 runs for a series-saving victory with just seven wickets in hand after Sri Lanka dominated Day 2 of the second Test at Galle.

Resuming on 2/54, the tourists crumbled to be all out for 106. David Warner’s quick-fire 42 on Day 1 and Mitch Marsh’s 27 were the only scores above 11 in a diabolical batting effort.

Rangana Herath, who earlier got rid of Steve Smith (5) in the third over of the day – one delivery after Dilruwan Perera bowled Usman Khawaja (11) – notched a sensational hat-trick by removing Adam Voges (8), Peter Nevill (0) and Mitchell Starc (0), leaving Australia at 7/80.

Dilruwan Perera got rid of Nathan Lyon (4) and Josh Hazlewood (3) in quick succession to end with figures of 4/29, before Lakshan Sandakan ended Australia’s misery with the wicket of Marsh.

Sri Lanka, with a first-innings lead of 175 runs, made 237 in their second dig after recovering from 3/31. Kusal Perera (35), Angelo Mathews (47), Dhananjaya de Silva (34) and Dilruwan Perera (64) held the innings together, while Mitchell Starc took 6/50 to finish with his first-ever 10-wicket bag.

Set a daunting 413 for victory, Australia’s second innings went much the same way as the majority of their first, reduced to 3/10 as Herath removed Joe Burns (2) and Dilruwan Perera dismissed nightwatchman Nathan Lyon and Usman Khawaja for ducks in consecutive balls.

Warner (22*) and Smith (1) saw Australia through to 3/25 at stumps, with a mountainous task ahead of the duo on Day 3.

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