Sri Lanka completed its demolition mission of Australia by winning the third cricket Test by 163 runs to complete a 3-0 sweep of the series for the first time in a 33-year old history at the SSC ground in Colombo on Wednesday.
Despite showing some signs of being able to stand up against the Sri Lankan spinners who played devastating roles in the first two Tests, the Australian batsmen caved in without any fight in the second essay save an opening stand of 77 runs between David Warner and Shuan Marsh in the face of a 324 target.
Veteran spinner Rangana Herath finished as the leading destroyer of the Australians as he claimed seven wickets to send Australia crashing for a total of 160.
Herath finshed with a haul of 28 wickets while Australia’s left arm paceman Mitchell Starc bagged 24 wickets that put him ahead of retired New Zealand speedster Richard Hadlee who had the previous highest number of wickets by a fast bowler in a series played in the sub-continent which stood at 23.
Sri Lanka’s previous best Test show against Australia was a 1-0 win in a three-match series in 1999.
The result meant Australia was ousted from the number one Test rank that could be held by either Pakistan or India which is currently involved in a series against the West Indies.
Sri Lanka is currently ranked sixth in the 10-team Test format.