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12:00 AM, February 05, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:06 AM, February 05, 2019

Starc burst seals whitewash

A resurgent Mitchell Starc took five wickets as Australia wrapped up a confidence-boosting 2-0 series thrashing of Sri Lanka Monday, with the tourists skittled for 149 in the second Test at Canberra.

In front of a sparse crowd on Day Four, Sri Lanka resumed on 17 without loss, needing a daunting 516 to win and ending 366 short.

There was little resistance from the under-strength visitors who wilted under a pace onslaught led by spearhead Starc, who ended with 5-46 and took 10 wickets in the game as he emphatically bounced back from a lean spell.

"It's nice to get some reward. I've said all summer this group has been working really hard," said skipper Tim Paine. "I think we're starting to build towards something so it's great to get some reward for the work we've been putting in."

He was especially pleased with his bowlers, who worked well as a unit.

Paine set the big run chase after declaring Australia's second innings at 196 for three, following their mammoth first innings 534 for five declared. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 215 in reply.

"We were outplayed as a team in all departments," Sri Lankan skipper Dinesh Chandimal said.

"Credit goes to Australia. They have played some outstanding cricket throughout the series. It was really tough. Especially in the last six months we couldn't get the right combination to finalise our best XI," he added.

Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne had survived a tough six overs on Sunday ahead of stumps, and they resumed with hopes high of taking the game into a fifth day.

But Karunaratne failed to add to his overnight eight with Starc, bowling at close to 145 kph, clipping his leg bail in only the third over of the day.

It was a big blow with the experienced opener their best batsman in the first innings before he was struck in the head by a Pat Cummins bouncer.

Chandimal also failed to deliver, struggling against the speed and bounce of a fired-up Starc, bowling at perhaps his best over the past year.


AUSTRALIA: First innings 534 for 5 decl and second innings 196 for 3 decl.

SRI LANKA: First innings 215 and second innings 149 all out (Thirimanne 30, Dickwella 27, Mendis 42, Karunaratne 22; Starc 5-46, Cummins 3-15)          

Result: Australia won by 366 runs and clinched the 2-match series 2-0.

Player-of-the-match: Mitchell Starc.

Player-of-the-series: Pat Cummins.

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