Rain washes third session after Australia decimate Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka 117 (de Silva 24) v
Australia 66-2 (Smith 28no)
First Test, day one, Pallekele
Australia thoroughly decimated the Sri Lankan batting line-up and bowled them out for 117 runs before going on to score 66 for two after which a steady drizzle washed out the third session of the first day of the first Test in Pallekele.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka chose to bat. Dhananjaya de Silva and Lakshan Sandakan were handed Test debuts.
Sri Lanka got off to a poor start as Dimuth Karunaratne (5) and Kusal Mendis (8) were trapped LBW by Mitchell Starc (2-51) and Josh Hazlewood (3-21) in the fifth and sixth overs respectively. Karunaratne used a review, but was unsuccessful.
Hazlewood went on to get Kaushal Silva (4) caught in the slips to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 21 for here at the 10-over mark.
Angelo Mathews (15) offered a brief resistance before falling a victim to Steve O’Keefe (2-32) in the 15th over.
Dinesh Chandimal (15) and de Silva (24) hung in for a little over 11 overs, providing a very short respite for Sri Lanka. Two overs prior to lunch, Chandimal edged a Hazlewood delivery to the keeper, ending his 81-minute stay at the crease.
Kusal Perera (20) survived an LBW review and took Sri Lanka to 84 for five at the end of the first session.
Nathan Lyon (3-12) began the second session with a bang by dismissing de Silva (24) and Dilruwan Perera (20) in the space of three balls in the very first over. He topped it off by castling Kusal an over later, reducing Sri Lanka to 94 for eight.
There was no coming back for Sri Lanka as they lost their last two wickets in the next 25 balls and were bowled out for 117 runs in 34.2 overs.
After the drubbing in the first innings, Sri Lanka fought back by sending both the Australian openers, David Warner (0) and Joe Burns (3) back to the hut in the third and fourth overs respectively.
Nuwan Pradeep (1-3) and Rangana Herath (1-15) breached the defences of Warner and Burns respectively.
Just when Sri Lanka sensed an opening, Usman Khawaja (25 not out) and Steven Smith (28 not out) rallied together and shared an unbeaten 59-run stand, taking Australia to 66 for two at tea.
The start of the third session was delayed due to rain. With the drizzle refusing to relent, the umpires decided to call off the day’s play after waiting for nearly 90 minutes.
At stumps on day one, Australia were trailing Sri Lanka by 51 runs with eight wickets in hand.
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