Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis put together a 152-run partnership for the 2nd wicket after Prabath Jayasuriya became the 6th Men’s Test Cricketer to pick up a 5 wicket-haul on debut for Sri Lanka on day 2 of the 2nd Test against Australia.
Neither Karunaratne nor Mendis looked in any sort of trouble against the Aussie attack, coming together with the scores on 12/1, at the dismissal of Pathum Nissanka. The right-hander was dismissed in similar fashion to how he went in the 1st Test, his lack of footwork and playing away from his body causing his downfall as Cameron Green took a brilliant catch diving high to his left at gully.
Karunaratne and Mendis started slow, going at just over 2 runs an over early in their partnership, before both got comfortable at the crease and looked to score more freely. Karunaratne almost went too far, mishitting a full-toss back at Mitchell Swepson on 34, but the leggie had moved to his left initially, and was unable to hold on to the ball as it passed over his right shoulder.
The Sri Lanka skipper kicked on from there, going to his 50th 50-plus score in Tests and was looking good for his 15th Test ton when Swepson had him trapped in front for 86.
Mendis seemed to be back to his fluent best with the bat on both the back and front foot, continuing his form from the ODIs as he ended the day on 84* alongside Angelo Mathews (6*).
Earlier in the day, overnight batters for Australia, Steve Smith and Alex Carey added 31 in 8.1 overs before debutant Jayasuriya struck for the 1st time in the day, dismissing Carey for 28, ending a 77-run partnership for the 6th wicket between the pair.
Steve Smith continued from where he left off on day 1, but Jayasuriya kept picking up the wickets on the other end, sending Starc packing, before Kasun Rajitha trapped Pat Cummins in front for 5 on review.
Jayasuriya, who was brought into the attack in the 5th over of the innings, picked up his 6th when he got Nathan Lyon out LBW – he ended with the 2nd best figures by a Sri Lankan debutant in Test cricket with 6/118 (best figures are by Praveen Jayawickrama – 6/92)
Maheesh Theekshana, who had been used sparingly by skipper Dimuth Karunaratne – he bowled just 16 overs to 33 by Ramesh Mendis and 36 by Jayasuriya – cleaned things up taking his 1st Test wicket, with the 3rd LBW of the day, Mitchell Swepson going for 3.
Smith finished with 145*, his highest score since making 211 in Manchester back in 2019.
Trailing by 180, Sri Lanka are not yet out of the woods, but will be happy with today’s performance – firstly bowling Australia out for less than 400 and then putting up a strong reply thanks to Karunaratne and Mendis.
|Usman Khawaja||b Ramesh Mendis||37||77||4||0||48.05|
|David Warner||b Kasun Rajitha||5||13||1||0||38.46|
|Marnus Labuschagne||st Niroshan Dickwella b Prabath Jayasuriya||104||156||12||0||66.67|
|Steve Smith||not out||145||227||16||0||63.88|
|Travis Head||b Prabath Jayasuriya||12||36||0||0||33.33|
|Cameron Green||lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya||4||14||0||0||28.57|
|Alex Carey||c Ramesh Mendis b Prabath Jayasuriya||28||61||4||0||45.90|
|Mitchell Starc||c Kusal Mendis b Prabath Jayasuriya||1||8||0||0||12.50|
|Pat Cummins||lbw b Kasun Rajitha||5||6||1||0||83.33|
|Nathan Lyon||lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya||5||6||1||0||83.33|
|Mitchell Swepson||lbw b Maheesh Theekshana||3||14||0||0||21.43|
|Extras||15 (b 5 , lb 6 , nb 3, w 1, pen 0)|
|Total||364/10 (110 Overs, RR: 3.31)|
|Pathum Nissanka||c Mitchell Starc b Cameron Green||6||25||0||0||24.00|
|Dimuth Karunaratne||lbw b Mitchell Swepson||86||165||10||0||52.12|
|Kusal Mendis||lbw b Nathan Lyon||85||161||9||0||52.80|
|Angelo Mathews||c Marnus Labuschagne b Mitchell Starc||52||117||4||0||44.44|
|Dinesh Chandimal||not out||206||326||16||5||63.19|
|Kamindu Mendis||b Mitchell Swepson||61||137||7||0||44.53|
|Niroshan Dickwella||c Pat Cummins b Nathan Lyon||5||13||0||0||38.46|
|Ramesh Mendis||lbw b Mitchell Starc||29||98||0||0||29.59|
|Maheesh Theekshana||b Pat Cummins||10||27||2||0||37.04|
|Prabath Jayasuriya||b Mitchell Starc||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Kasun Rajitha||lbw b Mitchell Swepson||0||9||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||14 (b 4 , lb 6 , nb 1, w 3, pen 0)|
|Total||554/10 (180 Overs, RR: 3.08)|
|David Warner||lbw b Ramesh Mendis||24||44||4||0||54.55|
|Usman Khawaja||c Oshada Fernando b Prabath Jayasuriya||29||47||4||0||61.70|
|Marnus Labuschagne||lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya||32||59||3||0||54.24|
|Steve Smith||lbw b Prabath Jayasuriya||0||4||0||0||0.00|
|Travis Head||b Ramesh Mendis||5||4||1||0||125.00|
|Cameron Green||st Niroshan Dickwella b Prabath Jayasuriya||23||32||2||0||71.88|
|Alex Carey||not out||16||28||0||0||57.14|
|Mitchell Starc||c Prabath Jayasuriya b Kusal Mendis||0||2||0||0||0.00|
|Pat Cummins||lbw b Maheesh Theekshana||16||18||1||0||88.89|
|Nathan Lyon||lbw b Maheesh Theekshana||5||3||1||0||166.67|
|Mitchell Swepson||b Prabath Jayasuriya||0||5||0||0||0.00|
|Extras||1 (b 1 , lb 0 , nb 0, w 0, pen 0)|
|Total||151/10 (41 Overs, RR: 3.68)|