Sri Lanka vs Australia: Australia lose openers after Kusal Mendis lifts Sri Lanka

Mitchell Starc bagged a five-wicket haul against Sri Lanka in Galle to restrict the hosts for a total of 281 runs in second Test match.

By: Express Web Desk | Published: August 4, 2016 6:00 pm
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Australia ended first day of the second match at 54/2 as the visitors still trail Sri Lanka by 227 runs. The first day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia ended in a dramatic fashion.

Initially, Sri Lanka, after winning the toss experienced the most miserbale starts they could have as Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Joe Burns off Mitchell Starc at mid wicket on the very first delivery of the match.

But it was once again Kusal Mendis who did the talking with his bat.

The batsman scored a responsible fifty but was undone by Mitchell Starc.

On the other side Kusal Perera and skipper Angelo Mathews were the pick of the batsmen.

Mathews scored a swashbuckling fifty but that didn’t last long as he too was sent back in the hut by Mitchell Marsh.

A clear sunny cricketing day saw Mitchell Starc’s ferocious, lethal bowling display as the left-hand Australian quicker bowler bagged a five-wicket haul.

Apart from Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood too came up with special treatment for the hosts as the two created pressure on the batsmen.

Nathan Lyon was another someone who troubled the batsmen. The off-spinner picked up two wickets later on. Debut man Jon Holland also introduced a wicket in his tally.

The hosts were bundled out for 281 in the first innings at Galle.

In reply, Kangaroos were not able to prevent their misery as opener Joe Burns tasted his own medicine. His stay at the crease didn’t last long as the right-hand Australian was trapped by debut man Vishwa Fernando to give a straight forward catch to Perera at mid-wicket.

Though, later David Warner looked in prime touch as he started to collect some quick runs. Along with him was Usman Khawaja who was steady in his approach.

Warner was undone by Dilruwan Perera and the stumps was called as soon as the wicket fell.

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