Galle: Australia were dismissed for a record low of just 106 Friday in their first innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka after spinner Rangana Herath took a hat-trick.
The team, who resumed on their overnight score of 54 for two, struggled throughout the morning against both Herath and his fellow spin bowler Dilruwan Perera who shared eight wickets between them.
Australia, who registered their lowest score in 28 Tests against Sri Lanka, were left 175 runs short of the hosts’ first innings total of 281.
Off-spinner Perera bowled overnight batsman Usman Khawaja in his second over of the day before Herath took his first wicket by clean bowling the Australian skipper Steven Smith.
But it was Herath’s seventh over of the innings which proved decisive as he dismissed Adam Voges, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc off consecutive deliveries to put Austraila on the mat.
The visitors now face a massive task to save the Test and the series after Sri Lanka won the first of the three-match rubber in Pallekele.
Sri Lanka 281 all out in 73.1 overs (Kusal Mendis 86, Angelo Mathes 54; Micthell Starc 5-44)
Australia 106 all out in 33.2 overs (David Warner 42, Mitchell Marsh 27; Rangana Herath 4-35, Dilruwan Perera 4-29).