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09-Jul-2022 16:15:00 GMT
SL v AUS - 2nd Test, Galle, day 2

Sri Lanka an edge against Australia after solid start

Sri Lanka 184 for 2 (Karunaratne 86, Mendis 84*) trail Australia 364 (Smith 145*, Labuschagne 104, Jayasuriya 6-118) by 180 runs

Galle: A 152-run stand between captain Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis at Galle has put Sri Lanka on a solid footing on Day two of the second Test against Australia here.

With 184 runs on board at loss of two wickets, Lankans are still trailing by 180 runs in the game in their first innings. Kusal Mendis (84*) and Angelo Mathews (6*) are standing unbeaten at the crease.

Australia started off the day at 298/5, with Alex Carey (16*) and Steve Smith (109*).

The duo added 31 more runs to their stand, before Carey was dismissed by spinner Prabath Jayasuriya for 28.

Jayasuriya also captured the wicket of Mitchell Starc, who fell cheaply. Captain Pat Cummings was also dismissed for five by medium-pacer Kasun Rajitha.

Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson could not do a lot for their side, dismissed by Jayasuriya and Maheesh Theekshana.

Australia was bundled out for 364 runs.

Jayasuriya was the hero for Sri Lankans with the ball, taking 6/118. Kasun Rajitha also took 2/70. Ramesh Mendis and Theekshana could get a wicket each.
Sri Lanka came out to bat in the second innings, losing Pathum Nissanka for just six runs at team's score of 12.

Captain Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis put Aussie bowlers to a test, putting on a 152-run stand. The duo completed their half-centuries as well.

Skipper Karunaratne was dismissed for 86 after being trapped leg before wicket by Swepson for 86.

Mendis and Mathews took Sri Lanka through the remainder of the day, finishing without any damage.

Centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith put Australia in a strong position on the opening day of the second Test in Galle against Sri Lanka on Friday.

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