Lakmal leads fightback but Karunaratne falls off last ball


Suranga Lakmal picked up 5/75 to help Sri Lanka bowl out hosts Australia for 323 in their 1st innings, before Pat Cummins had Dimuth Karunaratne caught behind to leave Sri Lanka on 17/1, trailing by 162 runs at stumps on Day 2 of the 1st Test between the teams.

Lakmal was left to do much of the work in the 3rd session on his own, with both Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera going off the field. Lakmal bowled with control, moving the ball just enough to keep the Australian batsmen on their toes. He got things rolling in the 3rd session, Sri Lanka’s most successful session of the day, picking up both Travis Head and Aussie skipper Tim Paine off consecutive deliveries. Head was trapped right in front, while Paine nicked one behind where Kusal Mendis held on to another brilliant, diving catch – his 3rd of the innings.

Pat Cummins, one of Australia’s more successful batsmen of the last few months, struggled to get things going before Chameera finally picked him up for a 21-ball duck. Lakmal then came back to remove debutant Kurtis Patterson but a 26-run cameo by Mitchell Starc saw Australia’s lead past the 150-run mark.

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Earlier in the day, Kumara and Lakmal bowled to begin proceedings, drying up the runs and accounted for the two overnight batsmen for just 18 runs in the 8 opening overs they bowled in tandem. Kumara in particular, was impressive, bowling with considerable pace and discipline. The quick bowled 9 overs in the opening session, going for just 19 runs, picking up opener Marcus Harris, who played a loose shot to point.

Despite the pressure built by Lakmal and Kumara, Labuschagne and Head battled on, absorbing it all and eventually brought up the 1st half-century partnership of the game, taking Australia into the lead. The batsmen grew in confidence as the 1st session drew to a close and built on that as the Sri Lankan bowlers began to tire in the Brisbane heat. Lakmal produced a chance early in the post-tea session but the nick off Head’s bat was spilled by Niroshan Dickwella behind the stumps.

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It was the only real chance Sri Lanka got during the post-tea session, until part-timer Dhananjaya De Silva got Labuschagne to chip one to short mid-on a couple of overs before the Dinner break. The 166-run partnership between the right-hander and Head is the biggest for Australia since the Cape Town ball-tampering incident saw their two best batsmen, Steven Smith and David Warner, suspended.

Dismissing Australia at the back end of the day was bitter-sweet for the visitors as Sri Lanka then had to walk out under lights and try to survive 6 overs from Starc & co. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne seemed to have things under control, until the latter feathered one behind to Paine off the last ball of the day, to give Australia exactly the kind of start they wanted.

Despite the reasonable performance with the ball, Sri Lanka’s poor batting display in the 1st innings sees them far behind in the game, trailing by 162 runs at stumps on day 2.


Full Scorecard

Sri Lanka

144/10 & 74/5

(32 overs)



323/10 & 0/0

(0 overs)

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c T Paine b N Lyon2470
Lahiru Thirimanne c M Labuschagne b P Cummins1230
Dinesh Chandimal c J Burns b J Richardson57
Kusal Mendis b J Richardson1444
Roshen Silva c T Paine b P Cummins956
Dhananjaya de Silva c T Paine b J Richardson517
Niroshan Dickwella c K Patterson b P Cummins6478
Dilruwan Perera c M Labuschagne b M Starc116
Suranga Lakmal c M Labuschagne b M Starc74
Dushmantha Chameera c K Patterson b P Cummins020
Lahiru Kumara not out00
3 (w 1, nb 2)
144/10 (56.4 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-26 (HDRL Thirimanne, 10.2 ov), 2-31 (LD Chandimal, 11.6 ov), 3-54 (FDM Karunaratne, 21.6 ov), 4-58 (BKG Mendis, 26.3 ov), 5-66 (DM de Silva, 32.3 ov), 6-91 (ARS Silva, 42.4 ov), 6-93* (MDK Perera, retired not out ), 7-102 (RAS Lakmal, 45.4 ov), 8-106 (MDK Perera, 47.4 ov), 9-144 (N Dickwella, 56.2 ov), 10-144 (PVD Chameera, 56.4 ov)
Mitchell Starc122412 3.42
Jhye Richardson145263 1.86
Pat Cummins14.43394 2.71
Nathan Lyon163381 2.38

Australia’s 1st Innings

Marcus Harris c L Thirimanne b L Kumara4488
Joe Burns c K Mendis b S Lakmal1530
Usman Khawaja b D Perera1129
Nathan Lyon c K Mendis b S Lakmal123
Marnus Labuschagne c L Thirimanne b D De Silva81150
Travis Head lbw by S Lakmal84187
Kurtis Patterson lbw by S Lakmal3082
Tim Paine c K Mendis b S Lakmal01
Pat Cummins c N Dickwella b D Chameera021
Mitchell Starc not out2625
Jhye Richardson c D Karunarathne b D Perera17
30 (lb 17, nb 5, w 2, b 6)
323/10 (106.2 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-37 (JA Burns, 10.3 ov), 2-72 (UT Khawaja, 22.1 ov), 3-76 (M Harris, 25.6 ov), 4-82 (N Lyon, 28.4 ov), 5-248 (M Labuschagne, 78.1 ov), 6-272 (T Head, 89.5 ov), 7-272 (T Paine, 89.6 ov), 8-278 (P Cummins, 97.5 ov), 9-304 (K Patterson, 103.4 ov), 10-323 (J Richardson, 106.2 ov)
Suranga Lakmal279755 2.78
Lahiru Kumara155371 2.47
Dushmantha Chameera213681 3.24
Dilruwan Perera32.29842 2.61
Dhananjaya de Silva83221 2.75
Dimuth Karunarathne30140 4.67

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne c T Paine b P Cummins318
Lahiru Thirimanne not out3194
Dinesh Chandimal c K Patterson b P Cummins02
Kusal Mendis c J Burns b P Cummins17
Roshen Silva c J Burns b P Cummins322
Dhananjaya de Silva b J Richardson1446
Niroshan Dickwella not out34
8 (b 4, lb 4)
74/5 (32 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-17 (D Karunarathne, 5.6 ov), 2-17 (D Chandimal, 7.2 ov), 3-19 (K Mendis, 9.1 ov), 4-35 (R Silva, 17.6 ov), 5-69 (D De Silva, 30.6 ov)
Mitchell Starc60210 3.50
Jhye Richardson10591 0.90
Nathan Lyon83150 1.88
Pat Cummins85114 1.38

Australia’s 2nd Innings

0/0 (0 overs)
Fall of Wickets: