Herath takes hat-trick in Sri Lanka-Australia Test match

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The only other Sri Lankan to achieve this feat in a Test match

By Champika Fernando from Galle   
Spinner Rangana Herath became the only second Sri Lankan to take a hat-trick in Test cricket when he dismissed Adam Vogues, Peter Nevill and Mitchell Starc in consecutive deliveries on day two of the second Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka in Galle.  

Nuwan Zoysa is the only other Sri Lankan bowler to take a hat-trick in the longer format of the game when he claimed the feat against Zimbabwe in 1999.   
Herath and Dilruwan Perera were on a rampage as they ran through the Australians innings in just 75 minutes of play in the morning bowling them out for 106 — Australia’s lowest score in Sri Lanka.    After removing overnight batsman Usman Khawaja and skipper Steven Smith in double quick time by the two spinners, Herath bamboozled the batsmen on his way to write his name in the record books in the 25th over.   

Vogues was the first to fall to Herath when Dimuth Karunaratne held on to a brilliant diving low catch, it was followed by wicket-keeper Peter Nevill trapped leg-before and then with the wicket of Mitchell Starc to complete the hat-trick.   
Herath tossed the ball up and Starc was trapped in front of wicket but despite a loud appeal by the bowler and the infielders the appeal was turned down by the umpire. Skipper Angelo Mathews asked to review the decision resulting in the third umpire overturning the on-field decision to rule Starc out.   

Herath also become the first left arm spinner in 124 years to achieve this feat. Johnny Briggs of England is the only other left-arm spinner to take a hat-trick against Australia 1892.