Lahiru Thirimanne unbeaten as Sri Lanka underperform in tour game

Sri Lanka tour of Australia 2019 | Tour Match (D/N) – Day 3


The 3-day tour match played with a pink ball at the Blundstone Arena ended in a draw with a below par performance by the touring Sri Lankans. The tourists were reeling on 131/6 in their 2nd innings when the game was stopped.

Starting the final day’s play 239 runs ahead of the Sri Lankans, Australians Marnus Labuschagne and Kurtis Paterson went on to add 35 more runs before Labuschagne was dismissed for 50 by Lahiru Kumara. It was Lahiru Kumara’s first wicket of the tour as he didn’t bowl in the 1st innings of the game. The 50 scored by Lanuschagne, was also a much needed boost to him after a poor outing in the 1st innings.

Sri Lanka fall behind in tour game

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Will Pucovski, who then came to bat remained unbeaten on 33 when the hosts declared their innings on 224/3. Patterson on the other hand went on to score his 2nd century of the match as he steered along Pucovski, who is named in the 13-man Australia squad for the 1st Test, for an unbeaten 4th wicket stand of 90.

Bulk of the bowling for Sri Lanka on day 3 was done by Lahiru Kumara and Lakshan Sandakan who ended with economy rates above 3 in the 14 overs they bowled apiece. A total of 9 bowlers were tried out by the Sri Lanka including the slow medium pace bowlers, Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne.

The Sri Lankan 2nd innings was just another failure as no one managed to go past the 50-run mark. Lahiru Thirimanne’s unbeaten innings was the only positive as he batted through the 51 overs Sri Lanka faced, remaining unbeaten on 46. Roshen Silva also fought hard for his 64-ball boundary-less 23 runs before he retired from batting in the innings.

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Niroshan Dickwella batted at number 3 instead of Dinesh Chandimal, who didn’t walk out to bat in the 2nd innings, and scored 19 runs with boundaries while Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera and Sadeera Samarawickrama failed to cross the 10-run mark as they were surprisingly dismissed to left-arm spinner Jon Holland, who went to take 4 wickets. Ever-reliable opener, Dimuth Karunaratne made just 2 runs in the 2nd innings to follow his 44 runs, which he made in the 1st innings.

Uncapped batsman Kurtis Patterson was named Man of the Match for his twin centuries while none of the Sri Lankans came with a significant performance throughout the 3 days.

The 1st Test between Sri Lanka and Australia will kick-start on the 24th of this month at the Gabba in Brisbane as a day/night encounter.

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Full Scorecard

Australia Board XI

316/5 & 224/3

(59 overs)


Sri Lanka

176/5 & 131/6

(51 overs)

Match Drawn

Australia Board XI’s 1st Innings

Matt Renshaw c D Karunarathne b D Chameera735
Joe Burns c D De Silva b K Rajitha413
Marnus Labuschagne b D Chameera610
Kurtis Patterson not out157212
Will Pucovski c K Rajitha b D Chameera2354
Jason Sangha c D Chameera b K Rajitha39
Jake Doran not out102129
14 (b 1, lb 1, nb 12)
316/5 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-11 (J Burns, 5.4 ov), 2-20 (M Labuschagne, 8.3 ov), 3-25 (M Renshaw, 10.2 ov), 4-88 (W Pucovski, 28.6 ov), 5-98 (J Sangha, 31.2 ov)
Nuwan Pradeep2060 3.00
Kasun Rajitha172712 4.18
Dushmantha Chameera163573 3.56
Suranga Lakmal132430 3.31
Dilruwan Perera121540 4.50
Dhananjaya de Silva51130 2.60
Lakshan Sandakan100700 7.00

Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by S Boland4492
Lahiru Thirimanne c & b C Tremain32109
Dinesh Chandimal c K Patterson b M Labuschagne3280
Sadeera Samarawickrama c K Patterson b S Boland1124
Roshen Silva not out3691
Dhananjaya de Silva c M Renshaw b M Labuschagne1442
Niroshan Dickwella not out412
3 (lb 3)
176/5 (75 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-65 (D Karunarathne, 27.1 ov), 2-87 (L Thirimanne, 38.1 ov), 3-103 (S Samarawickrama, 44.4 ov), 4-137 (D Chandimal, 59.4 ov), 5-169 (D De Silva, 71.3 ov)
Chris Tremain182321 1.78
Michael Nesser162410 2.56
Scott Boland165372 2.31
Jon Holland151350 2.33
Marnus Labuschagne90272 3.00
Jason Sangha1010 1.00

Australia Board XI’s 2nd Innings

Matt Renshaw lbw by K Rajitha1029
Joe Burns c D De Silva b D Chameera2218
Marnus Labuschagne c D De Silva b L Kumara50101
Kurtis Patterson not out102136
Will Pucovski not out3370
7 (lb 6, w 1)
224/3 (59 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-24 (J Burns, 5.4 ov), 2-44 (M Renshaw, 10.2 ov), 3-134 (M Labuschagne, 37.5 ov)
Lahiru Kumara142481 3.43
Dushmantha Chameera40281 7.00
Dimuth Karunarathne3180 2.67
Kasun Rajitha3091 3.00
Lahiru Thirimanne3080 2.67
Lakshan Sandakan141530 3.79
Suranga Lakmal63160 2.67
Dilruwan Perera80260 3.25
Dhananjaya de Silva40220 5.50

Sri Lanka’s 2nd Innings

Dimuth Karunarathne lbw by M Neser316
Lahiru Thirimanne not out46121
Niroshan Dickwella c J Burns b M Neser1923
Dhananjaya de Silva b J Holland29
Kusal Janith b J Holland312
Dilruwan Perera lbw by J Holland1428
Sadeera Samarawickrama b J Holland620
Roshen Silva not out2364
Suranga Lakmal not out714
8 (b 6, lb 1, nb 1)
131/6 (51 overs)
Fall of Wickets:
1-3 (D Karunarathne, 3.5 ov), 2-29 (N Dickwella, 9.3 ov), 3-35 (D De Silva, 13.3 ov), 4-39 (K Janith, 17.1 ov), 5-72 (D Perera, 25.1 ov), 6-82 (S Samarawickrama, 29.6 ov)
Chris Tremain91320 3.56
Michael Nesser5282 1.60
Jon Holland152284 1.87
Scott Boland114280 2.55
Marnus Labuschagne91260 2.89
Jason Sangha2020 1.00