Australia beat Sri Lanka in first Test: Here're records broken
Australia thrashed sorry Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the Test series. After suffering a 2-1 series defeat against India at home recently, the Aussies ran past the Lankans to seal a win inside three days at Brisbane. Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144 and 139 in the two innings. Here are the records broken.
How did the match pan out?
Pat Cummins (4/39) and Jhye Richardson (3/26) ripped apart Lankans to bowl them out for a paltry score of 144 in the first innings. In reply, Australia scored 323. Travis Head top scored (84). Cummins took 6/23 in the second innings to win the match.
Brilliant Cummins surpasses legend Dennis Lillee
Pat Cummins raced to 90 wickets in just 19 Test matches. He now holds the record for the most number of wickets by any Australian bowler after 19 Tests. Cummins surpassed legend Dennis Lillee (88 wickets). He recorded his career best Test figures (6/23). The right-arm fast bowler also took his maiden 10-wicket haul in a Test match. Cummins ended with figures of 10/62.
Some impressive records scripted by the Aussies
Cummins (10/62) produced the most economical 10-wicket haul by an Australian bowler since Glenn McGrath's 10/27 in 2000. The 166-run stand by Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne is Australia's biggest since Tim Paine took over as captain of the Test team in 2018.
Lyon eyes to get past Ashwin, Head amasses best score
Nathan Lyon picked up two wickets in the first Test. The ace spinner now has 341 Test scalps. He needs two more to surpass India's R Ashwin (342) in terms of career Test wickets. Lyon also needs 15 more scalps to get past Lillee (355 wickets). Travis Head registered his highest career Test score (84). It was his fourth career Test fifty.
Lakmal and Dickwella the lone stars for Lanka
Sri Lankan pacer Suranga Lakmal picked up figures of 5/75 in Australia's only innings. This was his third five-wicket haul in Tests. 25-year-old Niroshan Dickwella top scored for his side in the first innings (64). It was his 11th career Test fifty.