Australia ended first day of the second match at 54/2 as the visitors still trail Sri Lanka by 227 runs. The first day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia ended in a dramatic fashion. Initially, Sri Lanka, after winning the toss experienced the most miserbale starts they could have as Dimuth Karunaratne was caught by Joe Burns off Mitchell Starc at mid wicket on the very first delivery of the match. But it was once again Kusal Mendis who did the talking with his bat. The batsman scored a responsible fifty but was undone by Mitchell Starc.On the other side Kusal Perera and skipper Angelo Mathews were the pick of the batsmen. Mathews scored a swashbuckling fifty but that didn’t last long as he too was sent back in the hut by Mitchell Marsh. A clear sunny cricketing day saw Mitchell Starc’s ferocious, lethal bowling display as the left-hand Australian quicker bowler bagged a five-wicket haul. Apart from Starc, Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood too came up with special treatment for the hosts as the two created pressure on the batsmen. Nathan Lyon was another someone who troubled the batsmen. The off-spinner picked up two wickets later on. Debut man Jon Holland also introduced a wicket in his tally. The hosts were bundled out for 281 in the first innings at Galle. In reply, Kangaroos were not able to prevent their misery as opener Joe Burns tasted his own medicine. His stay at the crease didn’t last long as the right-hand Australian was trapped by debut man Vishwa Fernando to give a straight forward catch to Perera at mid-wicket. Though, later David Warner looked in prime touch as he started to collect some quick runs. Along with him was Usman Khawaja who was steady in his approach. Warner was undone by Dilruwan Perera and the stumps was called as soon as the wicket fell.
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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
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
Australia ended first day of the second match at 54/2 as the visitors still trail Sri Lanka by 227 runs. The first day of the second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia ended in a dramatic fashion.