Well, that's it, everyone. What a crushing win for Australia. RC signing off here at Blog Central. Thanks for all your company, comments and great banter, been a lot of fun! Make you sure you join us in Sydney next Thursday for the opening day of the third Test and we'll do it all again!
Beaten skipper Jayawardene philosophical about this crushing defeat. First problem will be finding fit enough players to actually field a team in Sydney! Australian skipper Clarke pretty satisfied with this effort, and understandably. The bowling was very sharp, the batting solid, the fielding and catching good.
Just the formalities remain here, the man of the match about to be awarded. And not surprisingly, it goes to Mitch Johnson, who had one of those games. Match figures with the ball of 22 overs, 2 maidens, six for 79, and a superb unbeaten 92 with the bat, including seven boundaries. Consistency has been his issue, but looked a lot steadier this match. Let's hope he can build on it in Sydney.
AUSTRALIA WON BY AN INNINGS AND 201 RUNS
WHAT HAPPENED: While Australia was always going to win comfortably after day one, few could have predicted the game would be over halfway through day three! Australia added just 20 more runs in the morning, Lyon and Bird falling cheaply, Johnson stranded on an unbeaten 92. Sri Lanka couldn't have started the rearguard action any worse, Karunaratne run out from the third ball of the innings, Dilshan out from the fourth. From there it was steady procession of wickets and injuries for the visitors, Sangakkara retiring hurt, neither he, P Jayawardene nor Welegedara being sent out again to face the music.
WHAT IT MEANS: In the short term, a great confidence builder for new boy Bird, who bowled beautifully for two wickets in either innings, and for the revitalised Johnson. In the longer term, given the gap between these teams, the question over Australia's capacity for back-to-back Ashes series remains. And fresh doubts about all-rounder Watson's durability. The much-criticised rotation policy has at the very least thrown up a range of quality bowlers, though. Sri Lanka, meanwhile, would want to forget all about these nightmare few days, and has to regroup in a hurry for the third Test in Sydney.
WICKET! And Siddle finishes it off! Digs one in, Herath can only fend it off to Cowan at bat-pad. And with three blokes stuck in the medical room, Sri Lanka doesn't bother with unecessary heroics. Australia wins the series 2-0 ... don't think anyone expected it over this quickly even this morning. Incredible!Back to top
WICKET! Prasad goes for a third six in a row, doesn't get to the pitch and hits it straight up into the air at cover, Warner having no trouble clutching the spoils! Couldn't blame Prasad, really, might as well go down swinging! That will be drinks, too. Wonder why they'd bother, really, will have hours for them in a few minutes!
Six! And another six! Sri Lanka hits back, sort of, Prasad depositing Lyon over the fence two balls in a row!
Lyon's coming on for for a spell now. Hasn't had a lot to do ... sort of a de facto net session now, really!
Herath the new man in. Sri Lanka aren't going to bother sending out the injured Sangakkara, Jayawardene or Welegedara it seems, so visitors effectively 8-for. Has a side been this comprehensively smashed both on the scoreboard and in the medical room before?!
WICKET! Johnson gets another! Was short and wide, Mathews tried to pull it from outside off and succeeds only in dragging the ball on to his stumps. Getting embarrassing now, SL 5/74!Back to top
Now Prasad cops a smack on the left hand from Johnson ... more pain, out come the medical staff again ... absolute carnage out there ... what a pity Tony Grieg isn't in the commentary box just so we can hear him say 'carnage'!
Prasad avoids the pair! Hardly convincing though, pulls a short one from Bird very uppishly to mid-wicket. Then another close shave, Bird once more finds the outside edge of Mathews' bat again, just wide of second slip ... that's where Hughes was last over, but sadly for the bowler, not now! SL 4/73.
More drama! Sangakkara cops a nasty crack on the left index finger from Johnson, swelling up like a balloon, looks broken. He's going straight off for treatment, unbeaten on 27 but you'd have to think he's in doubt for Sydney ... Prasad to the crease in place of Jayawardene, who also has a broken joint!
Another close shave! Bird finds the edge of Mathews' bat again, just wide of Watson at gully for four, Clarke sending Hughes into a wide third slip as a result. Watson grabbed his dodgy hamstring after that dive, too. Nice answer from Mathews, another boundary. SL 4/61.
It's going to be Johnson from the other end to Mathews, pushes a single, Sangakkara on strike. Last recognised pair in, keeper Jayawardene has a broken thumb, and Welegedara a torn hamstring ... talk about down and out!Back to top
And we're off again. It's going to be Mathews on strike, Jackson Bird to take the ball from the Southern Stand end. Been a very impressive debut from the big man, currently with figures of 2/10. Batsman clips him off the pads for a couple to start. Then a chance! Mathews slashed at one outside off, thick edge flies to Watson at gully, goes with the right hand and grasses it! SL 4/43.
Almost ready to go again here. For just how long we'll be going is the obvious question. You suspect the Aussies are quietly planning a couple of days of golf for the weekend having cut a swathe through the Sri Lankan top order. This whole Test has been a nightmare for the visitors, underlined by today's run out of Karunaratne from the third ball of the innings. Blue skies above, that early drizzle cleared quickly. Will there be a third session today?
LUNCH SCORE: Sri Lanka 4/43 (Sangakkara 22*, Mathews 17*)
And that's lunch! Feels like we've only gone half an hour so much has happened. Absolute carnage at the top of the SL order after Australia's last two wickets fell quickly. Six wickets have fallen today for 63. SL needs another 261 to make Aussies bat again. Is this game going to last until tea today? Join us back here in 30-odd minutes to find out.
Still all happening! Lovely drive from Mathews for four, edges Siddle between second and third slips, then pushes a sharp single and just beats Warner's throw! This is looking like a T20 game! SL 4/43.
Johnson coming back from the Southern Stand end, replacing Bird. The Tasmanian has 2/10 from his five overs!Back to top