Sri Lanka spin­ner takes hat-trick as Aus­tralia col­lapse

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RAN­GANA Herath be­came the old­est bowler to take a Test hat-trick as Aus­tralia were dis­missed for 106 on day two of the sec­ond Test in Galle.

The left-arm spin­ner, who is 38 years and 139 days old, is the sec­ond Sri Lankan to take a Test hat-trick.

Adam Vo­ges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc — af­ter a third-um­pire re­view — fell to Herath in the 25th over.

Herath fin­ished with fig­ures of 4-35 as Aus­tralia were bowled out for their low­est Test score against Sri Lanka.

Pre­vi­ously, the old­est man to take a hat-trick was Eng­land’s Tom God­dard, who was 38 years and 84 days old when he struck against South Africa in Jo­han­nes­burg in 1938.

Herath’s hat-trick is the first by a Sri Lanka player in Tests since 1999, when Nuwan Zoysa struck against Zimbabwe with his first three de­liv­er­ies of the game.

Off-spin­ner Dil­ruwan Per­era also had a su­perb day with bat and ball, tak­ing 4-29 in Aus­tralia’s first in­nings and top-scor­ing with 64 in Sri Lanka’s sec­ond in­nings be­fore fall­ing to left-arm pace­man Mitchell Starc (6-50).

Per­era then nar­rowly missed out on a hat-trick af­ter dis­miss­ing night­watch­man Nathan Lyon and Us­man Khawaja in Aus­tralia’s sec­ond in­nings be­fore cap­tain Steve Smith sur­vived the hat-trick ball as the vis­i­tors, chas­ing 413 to win, fin­ished on 25-3 at the end of a re­mark­able day in which 21 wick­ets fell.

Only once have two hat-tricks been taken in the same Test, when Aus­tralia leg-spin­ner Jimmy Matthews achieved the feat in each in­nings against South Africa at Old Traf­ford in the tri­an­gu­lar Test se­ries of 1912. — BBC Sport.

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