Thursday, 25 August 2016, 12:30pm
James Faulkner hat-trick not enough for Australia
All-rounder Faulkner became the fifth Australian bowler to take three wickets in as many balls, accounting for Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera in the first innings, but the hosts were comfortable winners by 82 runs at the Premadasa Stadium.
Sri Lanka posted 288 after winning the toss, Kusal Mendis providing the backbone with his run-a-ball 69 from number three while the solid middle-order contributions of Lahiru Chandimal (48), Mathews (57) and Kusal Perera (54) never allowed the tourists to control things.
Faulkner accounted for the latter pair to set-up his hat-trick, completing the milestone moment by cleaning up Thisara.
But by that point, Sri Lanka already had enough runs.
Thisara removed both openers cheaply before slow left-armer Aponso took over to strangle the reply.
He made his debut in the opening match of the series but got the better of several seasoned campaigners, dismissing Steve Smith and George Bailey before returning to claim the last two wickets of Faulkner and Adam Zampa.
The 23-year-old finished with four for 18 in 9.2 overs, with Matthew Wade's career-best 76 the only meaningful response his side could muster on the way to 206 all out.
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Australia's James Faulkner took a hat-trick in a losing cause against Sri Lanka in Colombo