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Sri Lanka end 17-year Oz jinx

Sri Lanka end 17-year Oz jinx
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The 38-year-old Herath grabbed 5-54 to help the hosts bundle out Australia for 161 on the fifth and final day after they were set a challenging 268 in the second innings.

Pallekele: Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath backed up centurion Kusal Mendis' superlative effort to stun top-ranked Australia by 106 runs in the rain-affected first Test here on Saturday.

The 38-year-old Herath grabbed 5-54 to help the hosts bundle out Australia for 161 on the fifth and final day after they were set a challenging 268 in the second innings.

Australian skipper Steven Smith posted a gritty half-century before Steve O'Keefe and Peter Nevill frustrated Sri Lanka with a 178-ball partnership.Herath bagged the last Australian wicket to fall by cleaning up O'Keefe to trigger wild celebration in the Lankan camp. This was Sri Lanka's only second Test win against Australia in 27 matches.

Scoreboard: Sri Lanka 1st innings: 117; Australia 1st innings: 203; Sri Lanka 2nd innings: 353; Australia 2nd Innings (overnight 83 for three): J Burns b Sandakan 29, D Warner b Herath 1, U Khawaja lbw b D Perera 18, S Smith lbw b Herath 55, A Voges c & b Herath 12, M Marsh lbw b Herath 25, P Nevill c Chandimal b De Silva 9.

M Starc c & b Sandakan 0, N Lyon lbw b Sandakan 8, S O'Keefe b Herath 4, J Hazlewood not out 0; Extras: 0; Total: (all out; 88.3 overs) 161; Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-33, 3-63, 4-96, 5-139, 6-140, 7-141, 8-157, 9-161; Bowling: Pradeep 6-3-16-0, Herath 33.3-16-54-5, D Perera 13-3-30-1, Sandakan 25-8-49-3, De Silva 11-7-12-1.

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