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Photo: Australia celebrate with the Warne-Muralitharan trophy after the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at Canberra on Monday. :Cricinfo

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Ruthless Australia crush Sri Lanka and clinch a massive 366-run win on day four of the second Test at Canberra on Monday. Mitchell Starc's fifer stopped the visitors at 149. The pacer picked up maiden 10-wicket haul in a Test match and help the home side to seal the series 2-0. 
Australia began the day with Starc generating conventional to trouble the openers. He cleaned up Dimuth Karunaratne with the inswinger for the eighth time the left-handed batsman in Tests.
In the 15 minutes before lunch, Starc sent back two middle order batsmen in quick succession. Niroshan Dickwella and Kusal Perera both cleaned up by the pacer.  The other wicket to fall in the session was that of Lahiru Thirimanne, who was caught by Pat Cummins. 
Dhananjaya de Silva saw out the last over of the session alongside Kusal Mendis. Mendis cracked a few eye-catching shots and alongside Chamika Karunratne in a seventh wicket stand. But the duo of Cummins and Starc soon provided the finishing touches to bring to an end the visitors' sorry tale. By picking up Vishwa Fernando, Starc also bagged his maiden 10-wicket haul in a Test match. Pat Cummins claimed 3 for 15.  The match was over before tea. 
On the day three, A five-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc set up a 319-run first-innings lead for Australia, before Usman Khawaja's second-innings ton set Sri Lanka 516 for victory. Sri Lanka continued to slide towards another morale-sapping defeat, finishing with 17 for 0 in their second essay, still trailing 499 for an improbable win.

Brief scores

1st Innings 
Australia: 534/5 decl. 
Burns 180,  Head 161, Patterson 114*; Fenrando 3-126
Sri Lanka 215 
Karunaratne 59; Starc 5-54
2nd Innings 
Australia: 196/3 decl. 
 Khawaja 101*; Rajitha 2-64
Sri Lanka: 149 
Mendis 42; Starc 5-46
Australia won by 366 runs

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