Pallekele, July 30 : Sri Lanka produced a sensational comeback as they recorded a historic victory over Australia after defeating Steve Smith's side by 106 runs in the rain-affected opening Test of the three-match series here in Kandy on Saturday.
This was Sri Lanka first's Test victory against Australia in 17 years and second overall in their head-to-head clash.
Chasing a challenging 268 for victory, Australia were bundled out for 161 before tea despite a solid resistance displayed by Peter Nevill and Steve O'Keefe.
Smith was the top scorer for the tourists with 55. Veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath ended Australia's late fightback on a turning surface as bagged a five-wicket haul in the second innings to add to his first innings figures of 4-49.
However, it was young batsman Kusal Mendis who was the star of the match, making a gritty 176 in the second innings to put Sri Lanka back into the contention after overcoming an 86-run deficit.
With the win, Sri Lanka lead the three-match series 1-0 and will next play against Australia in Galle for the second Test beginning August 4.