O'Keefe, Burns shine for Australia on day one

O'Keefe, Burns shine for Australia on day one
Steve O'Keefe had a productive first day in the tour game against Sri Lankan XI.
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Sri Lankan XI 229 (O’Keefe 5-43) v
Australians 127-1 (Burns 64no)
Tour Match, day one, Colombo

Riding on Steve O’Keefe’s five-wicket haul, Australia bowled out Sri Lankan XI for 229 runs in 57.2 overs following which they scored 127 for one in 32 overs with Joe Burns hitting an unbeaten 64 on the first day of the tour match in Colombo.

Sri Lankan XI won the toss and opted to bat first. The hosts were rattled early in the day and lost Oshada Fernando (0), MadawaWarnapura (5) and Manoj Sarathchandra (14) in 8.2 overs and were reduced to 32 for three.

A 101-run stand between Asela Gunaratne (58) and Milinda Siriwardana (53) brought respite to the hosts. Both Gunaratne and Siriwardana batted with caution, but kept the scoreboard ticking in their partnership.

Gunaratne completed a fifty prior to the lunch as Sri Lankan XI ended the first session with the score reading 116 for three.

Soon after Siriwardana competed his fifty in the 35th over, O’Keefe struck twice in the next over to remove Gunaratne and Shehan Jayasuriya (1). Moments later, Siriwardana also fell, leaving Sri Lankan XI at 135 for six.

Dasun Shanaka (39) and Chaturanga de Silva (49) shared an 85 run stand but the team lost four wickets between overs 54 and 58 and were bowled out for 229 runs in 57.2 overs.

O'Keefe has made a strong point for his inclusion in the first Test with a five-wicket haul while Mitchell Starc (2-39) and Jackson Bird (2-26) picked two wickets apiece.

In reply, Shaun Marsh (47) and Burns (64 not out) started off at a good pace as they went on to post a 97-run opening stand in 24 overs.

Marsh was castled by Jayasuriya (1-23), three runs short of his fifty. Burns completed a 75-ball fifty and along with Usman Khawaja (11 not out), he took Australia safely to 127 for one at the end of day one with a deficit of 102 runs.

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