Friday, December 28, 2012

Australia secures Test series victory

Defeating Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs in the second Test match, Australia has ensured their Test series victory with one game left at hand.
Sri Lanka was bowled out for 103 before tea on the third day at the MCG. Neither of their batsmen could make any strong protest against the Australian bowlers. They needed 304 runs more to overhaul their first-innings deficit.
Injury was the main reason for tourists’ bad performance against Australia. Kumar Sangakkara, who was the top run scorer in the first-innings, was unable to continue his batting after breaking his hand. Other two players, who could not bat due to injury, were Prasanna Jayawardene and Chanaka Welegedara.
Mitchell Johnson showed his all-rounder skill with both the bat and ball. With the bat, he scored unbeaten 92 and with the ball, he took two wickets for 16. He was supported by debutant Jackson Bird who also took 2-29. This opening bowling pair caused the great damage in Sri Lanka’s batting line up.
Australia resumed the third day with 440-8 and their first-innings ended in 460. Skipper Clarke scored 106 from 187 balls including 14 boundaries. David Warner was the third highest run scorer who played an aggressive innings of 46-ball 62.
The final and third match between Australia and Sri Lanka will be played on January 3.