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Karunaratne, Mendis stand tall after Jayasuriya 6-fer

Australia Tour of Sri Lanka 2022

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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.

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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.

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Result


Sri Lanka
554/10 (180)

Australia
364/10 (110) & 151/10 (41)

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
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)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kasun Rajitha 25 4 70 2 2.80
Ramesh Mendis 33 1 117 1 3.55
Maheesh Theekshana 16 2 48 1 3.00
Prabath Jayasuriya 36 3 118 6 3.28
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
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)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Mitchell Starc 29 3 89 4 3.07
Pat Cummins 30 5 95 1 3.17
Nathan Lyon 64 5 194 2 3.03
Cameron Green 6 0 20 0 3.33
Mitchell Swepson 37 2 100 3 2.70
Travis Head 8 0 27 0 3.38
Marnus Labuschagne 6 0 16 0 2.67


Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
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)
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kasun Rajitha 5 1 16 0 3.20
Maheesh Theekshana 5 0 28 2 5.60
Ramesh Mendis 15 2 47 2 3.13
Prabath Jayasuriya 16 2 59 6 3.69