Melbourne, Dec 28: Australia thrashed Sri Lanka by an innings and 201 runs on the third day of the second Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Friday. With this, they took the three-match series 2-0 after having won the first Test in Hobart.
For the second time in the match, Sri Lanka batsmen faltered. After 156 in first innings, they were bowled out for just 103. However, Sri Lanka's two batsmen (Prasanna Jayawardene and Chanaka Welegedara) who were injured, did not come out to bat while the third, Kumar Sangakkara was retired hurt during his batting and he too was unable to resume his innings. Australia had to take only seven Sri Lankan wickets to wrap up the innings.
Sangakkara, on 27, was hit on his left index finger by a Mitchell Johnson bouncer. The batsman now needs surgery and is out of the tour. The left-hander will be out of action for six to eight weeks.
It was a big win for Australia inside three days. In their first innings, Australia had made 480, a lead of 224. Johnson, with an all-round show, was declared Man-of-the-match. The left-hander scored 92 not out and later took two wickets in the second innings. Debutant Jackson Bird too had two scalps as Sri Lanka were rolled over in just 24.2 overs.
"I said that at the start of the series that our goal was to win these three test matches and really show that we learnt from the South African series. So far we've done that. My goal doesn't change," captain Michael Clarke said after the match. He had hit a century in the first innings to end 2012 as world leading run scorer with 1,595 runs, also an Australian record.
Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardene said: "Today the performance was very disappointing with the boys. We need to show more character, we need to see more from the players, especially when you're playing a team like Australia."
Third and final Test starts in Sydney on January 3.