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Australia complete easy win in second Test

Zubin Daver, December 31 2012,
Australia duly completed a one sided victory against the battered and demoralised Si Lankan tourists on the third day of the second Test, and thereby wrapped up victory in the three match series.
Easy win for Australia in the second Test
Easy win for Australia in the second Test
The home bowling attack was accurate and penetrating, which combined with a number of serious injuries to the tourists, saw the match completed by 2.10pm on the third afternoon. The Australians need to dismiss just seven Sri Lankan batsmen to end the innings, as Prasanna Jayawardene, Chanaka Welegedara and Kumar Sangakkara were all unable to bat due to their injuries.

Mitchell Johnson, who was later to be named as the Man of the Match had begun the day by helping to steer Australia to a lead of 304, before he inflicted further damage by striking Sangakkara a blow on the hand, which has left the batsman with a suspected broken finger.

Problems began for the tourists in the very first over of their second innings, some of which was of their own making. Dimuth Karunaratne was run out in farcical fashion after scoring the first run of the innings, he failed to beat David Warner's throw to the bowler, whose dive to break the stumps beat the batsman easily, while the next ball saw Tillakaratne Dilshan caught at short leg off of a short delivery from Johnson, which dropped the tourists to 1 for 2.

It is sad for those who saw him at his best, to now see the decline of Jayawardene as a batting power away from Sri Lankan shores. On this occasion, he was undecided as to whether to play or leave a delivery from Bird. His indecision meant that he withdrew his bat too late and dragged the ball onto his stumps via the inside edge.

Samaraweera tried playing Bird from the crease, but was never certain. It was only a matter of time before the bowler moved one back into him, pinning him in front of his stumps for a clear LBW.

Sangakkara and Angelo Mathews managed to see their side through to lunch without further loss. But soon after the break, Sangakkara fended a Johnson delivery off his glove which made him wince. The team physio examined the finger, but the player was forced to leave the field, and in doing so he became the third Sri Lankan to be sent to hospital during the match.

The end came soon after and was swift in putting the Sri lankans out of their misery. Mathews attempted a pull shot, and only succeeded in dragging the ball onto his stumps, while Dhammika Prasad hit two successive sixes off of Lyon before he skied a catch attempting a third. Eranga found the pace and bounce of Peter Siddle too much for him, and popped a catch to Ed Cowan at short leg.

Australia vs Sri Lanka

Date: Tuesday, 25 Dec 2012
Time: 23:30 ( GMT )
Competition: Australia - Sri Lanka Series
Live/Repeat: Live
Venue: Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

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