Player of the Match
Player of the Match
43dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Herath bowls Sri Lanka to historic whitewash

Thirteen wickets in the match from their leading spinner helped Sri Lanka complete their first whitewash over Australia in Test cricket

Match Centre


Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
132(356) 13x4 - 1x6
Control %83%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 30 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
10 30 17 12 18 7 17 21
SE Marsh
130(281) 19x4 - 0x6
Control %81%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 39 runs
  • 7x4 - 0x6
16 10 21 9 33 18 5 18

Best performances - Bowlers

HMRKB Herath
HMRKB Herath

Match Details


Sri Lanka , elected to bat first

Player Of The Match

Player Of The Series

Series result

Sri Lanka won the 3-match series 3-0

Match number


Hours of play (local time)

10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

Match days

13,14,15,16,17 August 2016 (5-day match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

Thank you for your company and your comments so far. That's all we have from this series, do look out for the ODIs on Sunday. As for everyone asking about the rankings, a story will be up on the site very soon. Look out for it. Here's Brydon Coverdale's report, and plenty to come from Dan Brettig and Andrew Fernando from the SSC

Janmay : "So Muthu, where do SL end up in the ranking table now ?" India are at No. 1, but they need to win the Port of Spain Test to retain that ranking. Australia pushed down to No. 3 losing 10 points. Sri Lanka at No. 6 having gained 10 points.

2.30 pm Rangana Herath is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series. "No secret, if you do well, just a lot of hard work [getting these awards]. Experience counts a lot, every day we learn, it all helps me so thank you very much to all those people. We had a tough time for seven-eight months, we stayed together, we knew we were one win away. And when we won in Pallekele, we just kept going. [Break from one-day] It's good for me, having some time to spend with familiy, I have retired at the right time from ODI and T20. I haven't decided anything on Tests, we will go series by series. Hopefully I wish to play next series"

Huge roar as Angelo Mathews comes up to collect the Warne-Muralitharan trophy. A yelp of "3-0" as well. "What a fantastic moment, especially after being 26 for 5 to come back this strong, credit to de Silva the way he batted and then Chandimal the way they got us through the second and third sessions on the first day and then Herath, doing his thing. You can't keep him out. He was fantastic with one leg, one leg was enough for him. We thank everyone, the president of the SLC, the office-bearers the fans and most importantly my team as well. We had a tough few months, but thanks for your support. Thanks to the Australians as well, you guys didn't have a great series, but we had to fight all the way through,"

"It's been a tough series, outplayed in all three matches. Think Sri Lanka have played some great cricket, disappointing but a great learning curve," Steven Smith says, "Can't fault the prep, got here early, worked as hard as we can. But in the matches, after getting Sri Lanka at 117, we couldn't get ahead of the game and from there it came down. [One-dayers?] Different format, new guys come in, Test guys will feel flat, but that's the challenge for us. There's been quite a lot of fans travelling, thank you to the supporters for following us, Apologies for what we've done over here."

Sri Lanka take a lap of honour around the Sinhalese Sports Club, the audience clapping for them, and they clapping back and thanking the crowd for the continued support. Didn't look like this when Sri Lanka were coming back without a single victory in England, having played in bone-chillingly cold weather and exhibiting batting that led Mathews to say he felt humiliated. Here he is leading his men with a big smile on his face. Mathews posing with the groundsmen now as the papare blares on. 'Happy Birthday to you' going on now, to wish Kusal Perera on his 26th. His wicketkeeper was excellent, has a definite case to take it over permanently. And more positives include Kusal Mendis, that 176 earlier in the series could possibly be one of the greatest ever innings played by a Sri Lankan. Dhanajaya de Silva finishes the top-scorer of either team in his debut series. Playing at home, they appear impossible to beat

Shyamprasad: "Turning point of the series was the knock by Kusal mendis... It has been Sri Lankans series since then and they never let Aussies comeback.. Well played... "

Dan Brettig on twitter: "Aust obliterated by world's 7th team and lost No. 1 ranking in process. Technical, mental issues in Asia only worsening, 9 losses on trot!"

2.15 pm Sri Lanka form a huddle on the pitch, Mathews leading a little war chat and up go the roars. Rangana Herath is duly given the ball, he's picked up 28 wickets in the series, and while his team-mates pump fists and flash smiles, he just looks relieved that he has done the job each of his countrymen has expected of him ever since Murali had retired. Percy, the Sri Lankan fan, has found his way onto the field and is with the team as they pose for pictures. Steven Smith is waiting on the outfield to shake hands with his opposite number, but they aren't quite ready to leave yet. Soaking it all in.

Australia have had the series they have dreaded. One ball spins, the other doesn't. What to do? They have resisted, like in the first innings when Marsh and Smith hit centuries. And in this one, where Warner did well, picking the length well and playing positively. Then there is Mitchell Starc, who has 24 wickets in the series at an astounding strike-rate, better than any bowler ever with more than 20 in a three-Test series in Asia if I'm not wrong.

Yashas: "Gotta feel for Smith. Had never faced a loss as a captain before this series and now 3 in row. And judging by the way Aussies have played spin this series, there is more hell to come, come the India series."

umair: "hey muthu, does this win for SL mean Pakistan or India are the only two teams in contention for number 1 test ranking spot?" It's all a bit murky, but I believe India might become No. 1 if they win in West Indies. If not Pakistan at No. 1

Herath to Lyon, OUT, gone! Perea plucks the stumps even as the ump pulled his finger up. Oh, but wait. Lyon has asked for a review. It's the slider, doesn't hit bat, hit in line of the stumps, Herath has a 13th in the Test. His second-best haul ever. HawkEye confirms the wicket. Sri Lanka have their first-ever whitewash over Australia

NM Lyon lbw b Herath 12 (26m 12b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

44 | 1 Run | AUS: 160/9

  • JM Holland0 (5b)
  • NM Lyon12 (11b)
  • MDK Perera22-3-71-2
  • HMRKB Herath18-3-64-6
MDK Perera to Holland, no run, flighted on off stump, defended as a loud 'Oooooooh' goes up in the stands
MDK Perera to Holland, no run, stays back to block to mid-on
MDK Perera to Holland, no run, tossed up on off stump, kept away
MDK Perera to Holland, no run, nudged into the leg side

This from Brydon's preview to this Test: "In nearly 140 years of Test cricket, Australia have played 177 series of three or more matches and only four times have they been whitewashed: 0-3 to England in 1886; 0-4 to South Africa in 1969-70; 0-3 to Pakistan in 1982-83; and 0-4 to India in 2012-13"

MDK Perera to Holland, no run, flighted outside off, Holland defends and gets struck on the pad outside the line of off stump

Hat-trick of whitewashes


Consecutive Test series for Australia in Asia where have been whitewashed - 4-0 by India 2012-13, 2-0 by Pakistan 2014-15 and 3-0 by Sri Lanka 2016.

One each


No. of 10-wicket hauls for Herath in Tests - each one has come against different teams, including Aus. Only Muralitharan has taken such hauls against more teams (9).

Middle order collapse


Runs added by Australia's No. 3, 4, 5 & 6 combined in this innings - their lowest in a Test inns vs SL. Previous lowest: 25 in Kandy 2004-05.

Herath's highest


Previous most wickets by Herath in a Test series - against Pakistan in 2014 (in 2 matches). Mitchell Marsh was his 24th wicket of this series.

Solid start at last


Aggregate of the 11 opening partnerships of this series, before this inns. Warner-Marsh have added more than that in this last opening stand of the series.

Out of Australia's hands?


Highest successful chase by Australia in Tests in Asia, against B'desh in Fatullah in 2006. The highest successful chase at SSC by any visiting team is 131.

The first


No. of SL players who scored a century and fifty in the same Test batting at No. 7 or lower, before this. Dhananjaya de Silva becomes the first SL player to do so.

Sixth-wicket show


Previous most runs by a team's sixth-wicket in a Test vs Australia, by India at Wankhede 1986-87. Sri Lanka's 6th wicket has added over 300 runs in this match.

Resistance from bottom


No. of 50+ partnerships for wickets 5 and lower in this series for Sri Lanka - joint-most for them in any series. Their first 4 wickets have had only 2 50+ stands.

Silva finds form


Runs scored by Kaushal Silva in the first 5 inns of this series. He opened in all those inns, but came at No. 3 in this inns and has made a fifty.

Starc's series


Previous most wickets by a visiting fast bowler in a Test series in Sri Lanka, by Richard Hadlee in 1983-84. Starc dismissed Mendis as his 24th wkt of this series.

Decent start at last


Average score at which Sri Lanka lost their second-wicket in this series, before this second inns. Their second wicket fell at 44 in this inns.