154 balls without a run – Sri Lanka beat record-breaking Australia

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Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis hit 176 in Sri Lanka’s second innings

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 106 runs in Pallekele to claim only their second Test victory over the tourists, who set a world record in defeat.

Chasing 268 for victory in the first Test, Australia were all out for 161, their innings including a record 154 consecutive deliveries without a run.

Australia – the world’s top-ranked Test side – had a first-innings lead of 86.

But Kusal Mendis’ superb 176 – his first Test century – and five wickets from Rangana Herath proved decisive.

Australia captain Steve Smith made a gritty 55 before tail-enders Steve O’Keefe and Peter Nevill resisted for 178 balls, scoring four.

The second Test in Galle starts on Thursday, 4 August.

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