Spinners Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan took four wickets each as Sri Lanka dismissed Australia for 203 in its first innings on the second day of the first cricket test on Wednesday. Sri Lanka trail Australia by 86 runs having been dismissed for 117 in its first innings.
Herath bowled out opener Joe Burns for three runs, and then claimed the prize wickets of captain Steve Smith (30) and Usmal Khawaja (26) before snaring Peter Nevill (2) to finish with 4-49. Sandakan clean bowled Mitchell Marsh for his first test wicket and had figures 4-58 on his debut.
Adam Voges top scored for Australia with a watchful 47 off 115 balls featuring only three boundaries. In reply, Sri Lanka lost opener Kusal Perera early before rain arrived to halt play. Scoreboard read 6/1, with hosts still 80 runs behind visitors’ lead. They need to bat big to make a contest out of this. Still plenty of time in the match, and even if rain continues to interrupt, a result is on the cards. (-AP)
As it happened!
1545 hrs IST: Steady rain forces early Stumps on Day 2 at Pallekelle. Sri Lanka 6/1, in reply to Australia’s 203
1526 hrs IST: Covers are back on. Looks like we are heading towards an early finish, again
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1445 hrs IST: Rain is very light now. Ground staff working to take waters off the covers. If it doesn’t get heavier, we will have action shortly
1430 hrs IST: Like Day 1, Rain forces early Tea on Day 2 of the first Test
1424 hrs IST: And, rain arrives! Sri Lanka remain 6/1, in reply to Australia’s 203
1421 hrs IST: WICKET! Starc with the early breakthrough as he traps Perera in front. Sri Lanka 6/1
1419 hrs IST: Meanwhile, dark clouds are hovering over the ground
1415 hrs IST: Silva and Perera are out in the middle for the second Sri Lanka innings. They didn’t get off to a good start in the first innings and will like to make amends now
1401 hrs IST: Decisiton stays…WICKET! Sardana traps Lyon to pick his fourth. Australia bowled out for 203, take 86-run lead
1400 hrs IST: Lyon with the sweep again, misses and umpire raises the finger after a long watch. The right-hander is not please and immediately reviews
1358 hrs IST: And, Lyon brings up the 200 for Australia with a slog sweep off Sandakan. Second ball due after an over
1345 hrs IST: WICKET! O’Keefe departs now…Sandakan picks another one, on debut. Australia have a decent lead but would like to stretch it over 100 with the last pair – still close to 25 to get
1330 hrs IST: GONE! Starc departs for 11. Tries to drive one off Sandakan but edges it behind to Perera. Australia are 179/8. Pitches outside off and brings the left-hander forward to go for a drive but it drifts at the last moment away from the batsman and is taken behind.
1318 hrs IST: Starc and O’Keefe are doing a fine job for the visitors as the slowly build hte lead. Whatever they score are bonus runs for Australia. And, they count in a low-scoring affair like this
1301 hrs IST: Starc flexes his muscles and hits Sandakan all the way for a maximum. Clean connection by the left-hander
1256 hrs IST: O’Keefe is still in the middle and he has Mitchell Starc for company. Australia 160/7, lead by 43 runs
1254 hrs IST: Sri Lanka enter Australia’s tail now. Good chance for the hosts to make a contest out of this now
1249 hrs IST: WICKET! Pradeep removes the set Voges, who edges one to Mendis in the slips
1241 hrs IST: Sri Lanka must now ensure that they don’t allow the game to slip away. Need to get rid of the Australian lower order cheaply
1240 hrs IST: Teams out for the afternoon session of play. Voges and O’Keefe the two men for Australia
1200 hrs IST: LUNCH! And that’s lunch. Australia are 146/6 at lunch with Adam Voges in comfortable place at 41. The visitors are 29 runs ahead
1128 hrs IST: It’s a fine comeback by Sri Lanka after Australia managed two steady stands. Herath will hold key and Sandakan’s support to the experienced spinner will be crucial from the other end
1121 hrs IST: WICKET! Nevill takes on Herath but fails to clear mid-on. Australia lose their sixth, 137/6
1117 hrs IST: Nevill is the new man in, and Mathews turns to his most successful bowler for another wicket
1112 hrs IST: WICKET! On Test debut, Sandaka breaks steady stand as he cleans up Marsh for 31. Australia 130/5
1053 hrs IST: And, that’s FIFTY-run stand between Voges and Marsh. Australia were rocked early in the day but the duo have done a fine job to inject stability into the innings
1052 hrs IST: Australia take lead over Sri Lanka on Day 2. Marsh and Voges build a steady stand for the visitors
1050 hrs IST: DRINKS! Australia had a shaky start to the day with both overnight batsmen going back within the first four overs. And both to Rangana Herath. Since then, Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh have carried on and Australia are 114/4. Three runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings 117.
1033 hrs IST: Marsh brings up Australia’s 100 with a sweep boundary off Herath. Australia now just 15 runs behind Sri Lanka’s 117
1015 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh with a glorious drive to add to his growing list of fours. Goes on the front foot and effortlessly pushes it for a four. Sweetly struck off the middle of the bat
1002 hrs IST: GONE!! Khawaja departs now with Herath picking up another. Flat and pitched outside off, quicker delivery and forcing Khawaja to go on the back foot. Struck in the middle and it was going on to hit middle stump. Australia are 70/4
0954 hrs IST: REVIEW! Voges struck in front on the first ball and a huge appeal. Umpire shakes his head but after deliberation, Mathews opts to go upstairs. And the review suggests it was narrowly clipping the leg stump but too much doubt in it to be given out.
0950 hrs IST: GONE!! Steve Smith steps down the track and misses the ball completely. Chandimal stumps, Herath strikes. That was a bizarre move by Smith to come down the wicket with just seven balls being bowled in the day. And he missed the ball by a good distance. Odd shot.
0937 hrs IST: Great news from Kandy where it is sunny with play set to begin in less than ten minutes. Australia to begin from 66/2 with Steve Smith and Usman Khawaja in the middle.
0850 hrs IST: Play will start 15 minutes early today to make up for lost play yesterday. So play begins at 9.45 AM IST/local time.
Australia now trail by 51 runs in first innings as they ended day’s play at 66/2 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 117 runs.