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Skipper Angelo Mathews heaped praise on centurion Kusal Mendis after Sri Lanka pulled off a shock 106-run win against top-ranked Australia in the rain-hit first Test in Pallekele on Saturday. Sri Lankan spinners led by Rangana Herath played a major part in the team's first Test win against Australia for 17 years, but it was Mendis who sparked a turnaround for the hosts. The 21-year-old Mendis, whose 176-run knock was laced with 21 fours and a six, registered his maiden Test ton to enable Sri Lanka to post 353 in the second innings and overcome an 86-run deficit.
Nico Rosberg grabbed pole position ahead of his world championship leading Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton for Sunday's German Grand Prix, with a brilliant lap in the final minutes of a tense qualifying session on Saturday. When Hamilton went for his final lap, he was unable to improve and regain the initiative. Rosberg, on home soil, has set himself up for a chance to regain the lead in the drivers' standings after slipping six points behind three-time champion Hamilton when the Briton won in Hungary last week.