Head and Lyon lead Australia to 10-wicket win

Spin from part-time off-spinner Travis Head and veteran off-spinner Nathan Lyon helped Australia beat Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in the opening session on day three of Friday’s first Test. Sri Lanka’s team only managed 113 runs in the second innings.Improvised off-spinner Head took four wickets in 17 balls while taking four for 10.He has taken just one wicket in the last 26 Test matches.Lyon, who took five wickets for 90 runs in the first innings, continued his fine form with four wickets for 31 runs in the second innings.Australia, leading by 109 runs based on their first innings, had a target of just five runs to win and David Warner (10 not out) finished the match on four balls.Australia began playing 313 for eight in the first innings on the morning of Day 3.Fast bowler Asit Fernando (2/37) made Pat Cummins (26) the victim of his Yorker.He then fired Mitchell Swepson (1) with an inswinger to end the Australian innings for 321 runs.Cameron Green (77) and Umman Khawaja (71) each scored half a century for Australia.Sri Lanka’s second innings, tied for 212 in the first innings, did not start well.Sri Lanka got off to a quick start in the second innings on a spin-friendly pitch with the intention of quickly ending Australia’s first innings lead.Sri Lankan captains Dimuth Karunaratne (23) and Pathum Nisanka (14) scored in the first-ever over 17 runs ahead of Mitchell Starc that included four boundaries.Lyon ended the 37-run partnership with Karunaratne caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey.Two runs later, leg spinner Mitchell Swepson sent off Nisanka lbw.Kushal Mendis (8) and Oshada Fernando (12) added 20 runs for the third wicket.But on the ball from Leon, Mendis was caught in the square leg.Fernando was also caught by Steve Smith ahead of Swepson, making the score 63 for four.

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