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Bizarre batting by Sri Lanka as Australia go 1-0 up

Australia tour of Sri Lanka 2022

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Sri Lanka’s second innings lasted only 111 minutes and 22.5 overs, lowest in their Test history as Australia won the first Test match by 10 wickets before the lunch break on day three at the Galle International Stadium.

Sri Lanka’s poor shot selection, mainly the sweep stroke brought the downfall as Travis Head and Nathan Lyon picked up 4 wickets each to bundle out the hosts for 113 runs inside one session.

Sri Lanka avoided the innings defeat by just 4 runs. In the fourth innings, David Warner needed only 4 balls to finish off the game.

Head, who had never picked up a Test wicket before today, ended with 4 for 10 in just 2.5 overs. Lyon started off taking the under edge of skipper Dimuth Karunaratne for 23. What followed next was absolute madness from the Sri Lankan batters as no batsman showed resistance to the turning ball.

Providing solid support for the two off-spinners, right-arm leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson dismissed Pathum Nissanka and Oshada Fernando for 14 and 12 respectively. Fernando came into the side as a Covid replacement for Angelo Mathews. The senior batter was tested positive for Covid-19 last evening after showing symptoms at the end of second day’s play.

Travis Head spun the ball sharply as he managed to go through the gap between the bat and pad of Dinesh Chandimal and Jeffrey Vandersay. Surprisingly, Dhananjaya De Silva shouldered a Travis Head delivery whilst Kusal Mendis, Ramesh Mendis and Niroshan Dickwella fell whilst attempting the conventional sweep and the reverse-sweep.

Earlier, Asitha Fernando cleaned up the tail quickly on day three morning as Australia were bowled out for 321, giving them a 109-run lead. Cameron Green was named player of the match for his brilliant 77 on day two.

The second Test match in the ‘Warne-Muralitharan’ Trophy will be played on the same venue from 8th July.

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Result


Sri Lanka
212/10 (59) & 113/10 (22.5)

Australia
321/10 (70.5) & 10/0 (0.4)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka c Alex Carey b Pat Cummins 23 44 3 0 52.27
Dimuth Karunaratne c David Warner b Nathan Lyon 28 84 3 0 33.33
Kusal Mendis c Alex Carey b Mitchell Starc 3 15 0 0 20.00
Angelo Mathews c David Warner b Nathan Lyon 39 71 3 0 54.93
Dhananjaya de Silva c Alex Carey b Mitchell Swepson 14 22 2 0 63.64
Dinesh Chandimal c David Warner b Mitchell Swepson 0 1 0 0 0.00
Niroshan Dickwella c Alex Carey b Nathan Lyon 58 59 6 0 98.31
Ramesh Mendis lbw b Nathan Lyon 22 36 3 0 61.11
Jeffery Vandersay c Mitchell Starc b Mitchell Swepson 6 15 1 0 40.00
Lasith Embuldeniya c Usman Khawaja b Nathan Lyon 6 6 0 1 100.00
Asitha Fernando  not out 2 1 0 0 200.00


Extras 11 (b 5 , lb 6 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 212/10 (59 Overs, RR: 3.59)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mitchell Starc 9 0 31 1 3.44
Pat Cummins 12 4 25 1 2.08
Nathan Lyon 25 2 90 5 3.60
Mitchell Swepson 13 0 55 3 4.23
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Usman Khawaja c Pathum Nissanka b Jeffery Vandersay 71 130 7 0 54.62
David Warner lbw b Ramesh Mendis 25 24 5 0 104.17
Marnus Labuschagne c Nuwanidu Fernando b Ramesh Mendis 13 19 2 0 68.42
Steve Smith run out () 6 11 0 0 54.55
Travis Head c & b Dhananjaya de Silva 6 16 0 0 37.50
Cameron Green lbw b Ramesh Mendis 77 109 6 0 70.64
Alex Carey c Dinesh Chandimal b Ramesh Mendis 45 47 6 0 95.74
Mitchell Starc c & b Jeffery Vandersay 10 30 1 0 33.33
Pat Cummins b Avishka Fernando 26 17 1 3 152.94
Nathan Lyon not out 15 20 1 0 75.00
Mitchell Swepson b Avishka Fernando 1 2 0 0 50.00


Extras 26 (b 20 , lb 3 , nb 1, w 2, pen 0)
Total 321/10 (70.5 Overs, RR: 4.53)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Asitha Fernando  8.5 1 34 2 4.00
Dhananjaya de Silva 5 0 8 1 1.60
Lasith Embuldeniya 15 0 73 0 4.87
Ramesh Mendis 32 0 112 4 3.50
Jeffery Vandersay 10 0 68 2 6.80
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Mitchell Swepson 14 19 1 0 73.68
Dimuth Karunaratne c Alex Carey b Nathan Lyon 23 20 5 0 115.00
Kusal Mendis c Mitchell Swepson b Nathan Lyon 8 15 1 0 53.33
Oshada Fernando c Steve Smith b Mitchell Swepson 12 18 1 1 66.67
Dhananjaya de Silva lbw b Travis Head 11 20 0 0 55.00
Dinesh Chandimal b Travis Head 13 21 1 0 61.90
Niroshan Dickwella c Marnus Labuschagne b Nathan Lyon 3 7 0 0 42.86
Ramesh Mendis c Usman Khawaja b Nathan Lyon 0 2 0 0 0.00
Jeffery Vandersay b Travis Head 8 8 1 0 100.00
Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Travis Head 0 6 0 0 0.00
Asitha Fernando  not out 5 2 1 0 250.00


Extras 16 (b 10 , lb 5 , nb 1, w 0, pen 0)
Total 113/10 (22.5 Overs, RR: 4.95)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mitchell Starc 2 0 23 0 11.50
Nathan Lyon 11 1 31 4 2.82
Mitchell Swepson 7 0 34 2 4.86
Travis Head 2.5 0 10 4 4.00


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
David Warner not out 10 4 1 1 250.00
Usman Khawaja not out 0 0 0 0 0.00


Extras 0 (b 0 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)
Total 10/0 (0.4 Overs, RR: 15)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Ramesh Mendis 0.4 0 10 0 25.00