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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Red-hot Starc leaves Sri Lanka reeling


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Australia is hurtling towards victory on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra, with Mitchell Starc picking up four wickets before lunch as the visitors crumble.

Chasing an unlikely 516 for victory, Sri Lanka resumed at 0/17, but quickly found themselves in deep trouble, with Starc picking up two wickets in each of his two spells during the morning session.

He accounted for Dinuth Karunaratne with his seventh delivery of the day, with a ball that seamed back in and clipped the left bail.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal’s disappointing series ended with just 24 runs from four innings, as he edged Starc to slip where Marnus Labuschagne took a low catch.

Lahiru Thirimanne and Niroshan Dickwella steadied the ship for the visitors, before Pat Cummins got into the act with an athletic caught and bowled, diving forward to complete the catch after Thirimanne couldn’t get on top of a short ball, only succeeding in popping a ball up on the on-side of the pitch.

Starc then returned for a second spell, picking up two wickets in two balls as first Dickwella and then Kusal Perera were sent back to the pavilion.

It gave Starc nine wickets for the match, following his first innings 5-54, and left the visitors reeling at 5-87 at lunch.

More to come.

Australia is hurtling towards victory on day four of the second Test against Sri Lanka in Canberra, with Mitchell Starc picking up four wickets before lunch as the visitors crumble.

Chasing an unlikely 516 for victory, Sri Lanka resumed at 0/17, but quickly found themselves in deep trouble, with Starc picking up two wickets in each of his two spells during the morning session.

He accounted for Dinuth Karunaratne with his seventh delivery of the day, with a ball that seamed back in and clipped the left bail.

Captain Dinesh Chandimal’s disappointing series ended with just 24 runs from four innings, as he edged Starc to slip where Marnus Labuschagne took a low catch.

Lahiru Thirimanne and Niroshan Dickwella steadied the ship for the visitors, before Pat Cummins got into the act with an athletic caught and bowled, diving forward to complete the catch after Thirimanne couldn’t get on top of a short ball, only succeeding in popping a ball up on the on-side of the pitch.

Starc then returned for a second spell, picking up two wickets in two balls as first Dickwella and then Kusal Perera were sent back to the pavilion.

It gave Starc nine wickets for the match, following his first innings 5-54, and left the visitors reeling at 5-87 at lunch.

More to come.

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