Needing 305 runs to make Australia bat again, Sri Lanka surrendered after adding only 103 in their second innings, with a top order collapse and a raft of injuries cutting the match short. After bowling Australia out for 460 in the first hour, Sri Lanka staggered to lunch at 43-4 and lost Kumar Sangakkara to injury after the interval when he retired hurt after being struck on the glove by a
Mitchell Johnson delivery. With seamer Chanaka Welegedara and wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene absent injured, Australia needed to capture only three wickets after lunch, and clinched them all within 12 overs of play re-starting. The teams play the final dead rubber test in Sydney on January 3.
Sri Lanka 103-7 & 156 (K. Sangakkara 58; M. Johnson 4-63) v Australia 460 (D. Warner 62, S. Watson 83, M. Clarke 106, M. Johnson 92 not out; D. Prasad 3-106, S. Eranga 3-109).