Usman Khawaja’s consistent hand and David Warner’s initial assault assisted Australia with making a beeline for Stumps at 98 for 3 on Day 1 at the Galle International Stadium on Wednesday. Prior, they bowled out Sri Lanka for 212, the feature of the day being Niroshan Dickwella’s counter-going after 50 years and Nathan Lyon’s fifer.
Choosing for bat, Sri Lanka’s innings neglected to overwhelm the guests on a dusty pitch. Right all along, there was no place for the players to take control on a testing surface. Opening the assault, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins tracked down development and pained the openers with their irritating line. However, such was the guide for spinners that Nathan Lyon was brought into the assault as soon as the 6th over.
The offspinner got the ball to divert pointedly from the main ball itself and obviously upset the hitters, yet it was the speed pair who picked the two wickets of the morning meeting. Pathum Nissanka, who was reliably getting beaten by Cummins’ unerring channel, at last scratched one to the wicketkeeper.
Kusal Mendis’ visit didn’t keep going too lengthy by the same token. He went for a lethargic drive to a calculating away conveyance from Starc and edged to the ‘guardian. In any case, it was not long after the post Lunch meeting that Australia really forced themselves with fast strikes. Captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who was grieved by Lyon, ultimately got an inside edge to a ball that heaved up and was taken by a jumping David Warner.
Mitchell Swepson then, at that point, diminished the hosts to 97 for 5, excusing Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal off progressive conveyances in comparative style. Float, plunge and turn. The previous edged the ball to Alex Carey while the last option’s external edge headed out to Warner at slip.
In spite of the tricky circumstance that Sri Lanka were in, Niroshan Dickwella selected to go after as opposed to being on the backfoot. The southpaw hit Lyon for three limits in the 40th over – two times slogsweeping the offspinner towards the midwicket district. Indeed, even as Lyon spilled a lot of runs in the post Lunch meeting, he had Angelo Mathews excused, who inside edged a forcefully turning conveyance towards Warner at leg slip.
Dickwella proceeded to enroll his 21st Test fifty, putting on 50 years stand with Ramesh Mendis for the seventh wicket. Nonetheless, he fell not long after Tea when Lyon forced himself on the Sri Lankan lower request. The offspinner first had Mendis caught legbefore prior to having Dickwella gotten behind while he endeavored another slogsweep.
A flying catch by Khawaja not long after to excuse Lasith Embuldeniya gave Lyon his twentieth Test fifer. Swepson wrapped up Sri Lanka’s innings with Jeffrey Vandersay slogsweeping the leggie to the defender at profound mid wicket.
In answer, Australia came hard at the hosts, particularly David Warner, who started the procedures with four limits in his initial six balls. The openers put on 47 runs in just nine overs before Ramesh Mendis had the southpaw caught legbefore.
Marnus Labuschagne got off to a consistent beginning and was looking got comfortable the organization of Khawaja as the team hoped to fortify Australia’s situation, yet a clumsy opposite clear off Mendis had him gotten at in reverse point. Sri Lanka put Australia under the siphon before long, setting out a few wicket-taking open doors. A confusing missed, a survey lost however a wicket came their direction with Steve Smith and Khawaja engaging in a mistake, bringing about the previous’ fall on 6.
At 83 for 3, in blurring light, Sri Lanka had the amazing chance to mark the guests further yet Khawaja stayed with them consistent in the of Travis Head, making a beeline for stumps unbeaten on 47.
Brief Score : Sri Lanka 212/10 (Niroshan Dickwella 58, Angelo Mathews 39; Nathan Lyon 5-90, Mitchell Swepson 3-55) lead Australia 98/3 (Usman Khawaja 47*, David Warner 25; Ramesh Mendis 2-35) by 114 runs.