Dinesh Chandimal achieved a milestone on Monday as he became the first Sri Lankan batsman to score a double-century against Australia in the game’s longest format. The cricketing fraternity highly praised Chandimal’s calm and composed knock.
Chandimal reached the stunning landmark while batting for Sri Lanka at the second and final Test at Galle Stadium. He remained unbeaten on 206 runs of 326 balls. Chandimal’s knock comprised 16 fours and 5 hits over the park.
Chandimal’s fighting effort helped the Lankan lions to beat Australia by an innings and 39 runs. He was accompanied by the heroics of Prabath Jayasuriya who was absolutely stunning in the bowling department.
Coming to bat at the crease on Day 4, Chandimal was not out on 118. He got support from Ramesh Mendis (29) and Maheesh Theekshana (10) as he took Sri Lanka to a fascinating total of 554 runs, giving the hosts a 190-run lead for the second innings.
Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Swepson starred in the Australian bowling unit. Starc registered a figure of 4/89 whereas Swepson grabbed 3/103. Nathan Lyon chipped in a couple of wickets whereas skipper Cummins got a wicket apiece.
Trailing by 190 runs, the Australian camp was overpowered by a mind-blowing bowling performance of Prabath Jayasuriya. The slow left-arm grabbed six wickets in both innings and troubled the Aussie batsmen to help his side win.
Maheesh Theekshana and Ramesh Mendis also scalped a couple of wickets. For Australia, Labuschagne (32), Khwaja (29), Warner (24) and Green (23) were the only batsmen who crossed the 20’s mark.
Earlier in the match, Australia had won the toss and opted to bat first. The visitors scored 364 runs in the first innings, backed by marvellous centuries by Labuschagne and Smith. Prabhath Jayasuriya was the star bowler who picked up 6/118.
Other than Chandimal’s stellar knock of 206 runs, captain Karunaratne (86), Mendis (85) and Mathews (52) played a helpful hand in Sri Lanka’s 554.