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Warne leads Australia to victory

March 20, 2004 11:10 IST

Shane Warne took five for 90 as Australia won the second Test against Sri Lanka by 27 runs on Saturday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Sri Lanka, who started the day needing 51 runs with three wickets remaining having been set an improbable 352-run victory target, were bowled out for 324 in 73.1 overs.

The hosts set off aggressively in pursuit of their target, mindful of a new ball which was due after 13 overs, as Chaminda Vaas clubbed three early boundaries.

But Vaas, dropped at cover by Andrew Symonds in the same over, holed out at deep midwicket off Warne to end a 45 run stand for the eighth wicket.

Nuwan Zoysa, the hero during the final match of the recent one-day series with 47 not out, then gloved a hook off Jason Gillespie and was caught behind to leave Sri Lanka 320 for nine.

Kaushal Lokuarchchi (16) was then last man out after being trapped lbw by Warne.

Leg spinner Shane Warne extended his series tally to 20 scalps to finish with five for 90 from 21.1 overs and a match analysis of 10 for 155, his eighth ten-wicket haul in Test cricket.

Gillespie, who took three crucial wickets on day four, including Sanath Jayasuriya who blitzed a brutal 131, finished with four for 76 from 20 overs.

Sri Lanka had also lost the opening Test in Galle by 197 runs. The third match starts in Colombo next Wednesday.


Australia 1st innings 120
Sri Lanka 1st innings 211
Australia 2nd innings 442

Sri Lanka 2nd innings (overnight 301-7):

M Atapattu lbw b Gillespie                    8
S Jayasuriya c Gilchrist b Gillespie        131
A Gunawardene lbw b Kasprowicz                9
K Sangakkara c and b Warne                   29
M Jayawardene c Gilchrist b Gillespie        13
T Dilshan b Warne                            43
H Tillakaratne c Ponting b Warne              7
C Vaas c Langer b Warne                      45
K Lokuarachchi lbw b Warne                   16
N Zoysa c Gilchrist b Gillespie               0
M Muralitharan not out                        4

Extras (b-4, lb-14, nb-1)                    19

Total (all out, 73.1 overs)                 324

Fall of wickets: 1-17, 2-36, 3-98, 4-174, 5-218, 6-239,
7-274, 8-319, 9-320.

Bowling: Kasprowicz 17-1-55-1, Gillespie 20-1-76-4, Warne
21.1-2-90-5, Symonds 3-0-16-0, MacGill 12-0-69-0.

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