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Last Updated: Sunday, 28 March, 2004, 12:08 GMT 13:08 UK
Aussies complete whitewash
3rd Test, Colombo, day five (close):
Australia 401 & 375 beat Sri Lanka 407 & 248 by 121 runs.

Shane Warne
Warne fell just short of the record Test wicket haul

Australia beat Sri Lanka by 121 in the third Test in Colombo to complete a 3-0 clean sweep in the series.

Shane Warne took 4-92, but fell two short of Courtney Walsh's Test record haul of 519 wickets.

Part-time spinner Darren Lehmann took three wickets as Sri Lanka were dismissed for 248.

Sri Lanka never looked likely to reach the victory target of 370, despite half centuries from Sanath Jayasuriya and Thilan Samaraweera.

The home side added just 27 runs to their overnight score of 18-0 before captain Marvan Atapattu lost his off stump to Michael Kasprowicz.

The Australian pace bowler nearly had another wicket shortly afterwards, but wicket-keeper Adam Gilchrist could not hold on to a chance offered by Jayasuriya on 28.

But Jayasuriya, who hit seven fours, was caught by Simon Katich at short leg off Lehmann's first delivery soon after posting 51, his second half century of the match.

We stuck to things we knew were going to work for us and had worked in the series. Things just fell into place perfectly at the end
Australia captain Ricky Ponting

Samaraweera hit 53 before chancing his arm and being stumped by Gilchrist off the bowling of Lehmann.

And the Australian duo combined again as Mahela Jayawardene (37) offered a catch behind the wicket.

Warne struck straight after the tea interval, bowling Kumar Sangakkara, then claiming the wicket of Tillakaratne Dilshan as Sri Lanka started to wobble.

Jason Gillespie then accounted for Sri Lankan skipper Hashan Tillakaratne before Warne bowled Nuwan Zoysa and removed Rangana Herath.

Kasprowicz dealt the final blow, trapping Chaminda Vaas lbw.


Sri Lanka: Hashan Tillakaratne (captain), Marvan Atapattu, Sanath Jayasuriya, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Chaminda Vaas, Nuwan Zoysa, Muttiah Muralitharan, Rangana Herath.

Australia: Ricky Ponting (captain), Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Matthew Hayden, Damien Martyn, Simon Katich, Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne, Michael Kasprowicz, Jason Gillespie, Brad Williams.




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