Sandakan, Herath spin a web against Australia on day two
Sri Lanka 117 & 6-1 (Kusal 4) v
Australia 203 (Voges 47)
First Test, day two, Pallekele
Debutant left-arm wrist-spinner Lakshan Sandakan and Rangana Herath shared eight wickets equally for Sri Lanka to bowl Australia out for 203 runs in the first innings on the rain-affected second day of the first Test match in Pallekele, but at stumps, the visitors still commanded a handy lead of 80 runs.
Australia resumed batting on their overnight score of 66 for two. Herath (4-49) gave Sri Lanka just the start they wanted by dismissing Steven Smith (30) and Usman Khawaja (26) in his first two overs. Smith was stumped trying to play a big shot while Khawaja was trapped LBW.
Even Adam Voges (47) survived an LBW review by Sri Lanka off the very first ball he faced. As Herath kept bowling with excellent control, Mitchell Marsh (31) and Voges battled it out in the middle and formed a 60-run stand for the fifth wicket.
While Marsh dealt in boundaries, Voges locked one down end with a patient approach. It took a lovely wrong’un from Sandakan (4-58) to break the partnership, as Marsh saw his stumps being rattled, becoming the 25-year-old’s maiden Test scalp.
In an attempt to counterattack, Peter Nevill (2) holed out to mid-on in the 49th over, leaving Australia six down for 137 runs.Voges and Steve O’Keefe (23) took Australia to lunch at 146 for six.
Five overs into the second session, Nuwan Pradeep (2-36) produced an outswinger to have Voges caught at gully.
Sandakan, then ran through the lower order, but not before handy knocks from O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc (11) and Nathan Lyon (17) helped Australia build a first-innings lead of 86 runs.
Sandakan’s figures of four for 58 were the best by a left-arm chinaman bowler on debut.
Two overs into Sri Lanka’s second innings, Starc (1-3) rapped Kusal Perera (4) on the pads with a fiery full length ball.
However, the skies opened up immediately after the wicket, prompting the umpires to call for an early tea break.
The start of the third session was delayed and with the drizzle refusing to budge, the umpires called off the play after waiting for an hour. At the end of the day two, Sri Lanka trailed Australia by 80 runs with nine wickets in hand.
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