Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 2: Australia are 25/3 at stumps

Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 2: Australia are 25/3 at stumps

Australia end day's play at 25/3 and still require 388 runs to win.

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Sri Lanka vs Australia, 2nd Test Day 2: Sri Lanka set Australia a target of 413 runs. (Source: AP)

Australia ended day’s play at 25/3 requiring 388 more runs to win. Rangana Herath picked up a fascinating hattrick for the hosts that helped the home team to dismiss the visiotrs early in the day. Later it was Mitchell Starc’s show who bagged 6 wickets in the inings. But Australia’s dismal batting show continued as they were reduced to 10/3 before ending day’s play at 25 without any further damages.

As it happened

1711 hrs IST: WICKET! Usman Khawaja completely stunned by Perera..Aus 10/3

1705 hrs IST: Brilliant review, Lyon is gone… Aus 10/2

1700 hrs IST: A huge appeal but on-field umpire says not out… Sri Lanka take the review

1650 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath gives hosts 1st breakthrough, Burns fails again to be out on 2


1645 hrs IST: Australia bowl Sri Lanka out for 237. Visitors need 413 runs to win. (Starc 6/50)

1640 hrs IST: Play RESUMES

1637 hrs IST: Rain interrupts play on day 2

1635 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath is gone… Cleaned up debut man Holland off an inside edge

1625 hrs IST: Sri Lanka extend lead over 400 runs

1610 hrs IST: Sri Lanka go past 200-run mark

1550 hrs IST: Perera goes aerial but that lands safely… Sri Lanka building a huge lead

1525 hrs IST: A good effort in the deep by Nathan Lyon to save two runs

1514 hrs IST: WICKET! Starc sends de Silva back for 34, SL 172/7

1510 hrs IST: You can clearly see the frustration on the bowlers’ face

1500 hrs IST: Sri Lanka batsmen are out with some plan now

1455 hrs IST: So the good news is, the match is underway after tea


1440 hrs IST: TEA! End of another session and Sri Lanka go into tea at 143/6, lead by 318 runs

1425 hrs IST: SIX! Perera goes big and that’s a monster

1423 hrs IST: Prior anticipations from Steve Smith go in vain as that fell far from the captain

1420 hrs IST: WICKET! Nathan Lyon cleans up captain Mathews for 47 after he tried another reverse sweep… SL 121/6

1415 hrs IST: FOUR! Brutal hit from the skipper  as he smashes a full toss away… Sri Lanka are 120/5

1405 hrs IST: In the air from Mathews but falls short of Khawaja at mid-wicket

1400 hrs IST: it’s good to see Mathews taking responsibility… He hasn’t taken that lead for granted and slowly trying to build it up more

1350 hrs IST: A good york length delivery from Starc but Sri Lanka are stretching the lead

1345 hrs IST: In comes de Silva at the crease

1340 hrs IST: WICKET! Australia strike just after drinks break, Starc gets Chandimal for 13, SL 98/5

1330 hrs IST: A steady stand between the skipper and his deputy is frustrating the Australians

1320 hrs IST: A quicker one from Nathan Lyon that just came in

1315 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews is building solid stand now

1306 hrs IST: WICKET! Nathan Lyon disturbs wood work behind Perera… SL 79/4

1300 hrs IST: Steve Smith has himself taken the ball and Australia are looking desperate for a wicket now.

1245 hrs IST: Captain Angelo Mathews and Kusal Perera have built up a good stand

1235 hrs IST: We are back with live action at Galle

1200 hrs IST: LUNCH! Sri Lanka go into lunch at 31/3, lead by 206 runs.

1155 hrs IST: Steve Smith asks for a TV review

1150 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Starc strikes again and it’s Mendis this time to go back

1144 hrs IST: DROPPED! and it is Mendis who gets a life

1140 hrs IST: SIX! Perera takes on Lyon and smashes him out of the park

1138 hrs IST: Spin introduced in the attack by Smith

1132 hrs IST: WICKET! Mitchell Starc removes Karunaratne cheapely, SL 9/2

1130 hrs IST: WICKET! Australia get early breakthrough, Hazlewood sends Silva packing for 2, SL 5/1

1120 hrs IST: We are back with live action as Sri Lanka lead by 175 runs

1110 hrs IST: Sri Lanka wrap up Australia’s first innings at 106, lead by 175 runs

1100 hrs IST: Sandakan is in with the ball

1050 hrs IST: WICKET! Perera grabs his 4th as Mathews takes a sitter at first slip to dismiss Hazlewood

1040 hrs IST: A run out chance but goes no where

1037 hrs IST: WICKET! Superb review and that’s a HATTRICK for Rangana Herath… Starc goes for a duck and Aus 80/7

1035 hrs IST: Mathews has agreed to take that review….

1033 hrs IST: This was the shortest stay and the longest walk for Peter Nevill… In comes Mitchell Starc at No.8 to face the hattrick ball

1032 hrs IST: WICKET! Two in two for Herath as he traps Nevill in front of stumps… Australia struggling at 80/6… 

1031 hrs IST: Peter Nevill walks in at a critical situation

1030 hrs IST: WICKET! Herath strikes as Rogers tries to take aerial route but Karunaratne grabs a brilliant catch

1024 hrs IST: SIX! This time it’s Mitchell Marsh who takes the aerial route and smashes Herath for a maximum

1020 hrs IST: FOUR! Voges comes down the pitch and smashes it towards long on boundary

1015 hrs IST: Review is UNSUCCESSFUL !!!

1014 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews has gone upstairs after Marsh was given not out

1010 hrs IST: Herath is at his best at the moment… Aussie batsmen are really struggling

1008 hrs IST: Bit of a mix up there… Marsh eventually makes it withe ease in the end

1006 hrs IST: Another hint of the pitch turning… That was a diminish opportunity

1004 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh is the new man in and he gets a wake up call… An LBW appeal but that was drifting down the leg side

1003 hrs IST: WICKET! Two in two as Herath gets skipper Smith in same manner… Herath dismantles the woodwork behind Smith as he goes for 5 & Australia struggling at 59/4

1002 hrs IST: Adam Voges is the next man in

Express Opinion

1001 hrs IST: WICKET! Hosts draw first blood on day 2 as Dilruwan Perera cleans up Usman Khawaja for 11 with a straight one… Aus 59/3

0959 hrs IST: And a good comeback from Herath… That’s a big miss from Chandimal, Australia 59/2

0957 hrs IST: FOUR! First boundary from the over, Smith comes down the pitch a little

0955 hrs IST: So first runs of the day for Australia… They are 55/2

0950 hrs IST: Perera continuing his over with Steve Smith as the new man in


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