Sri Lanka bowls Australia in to anxious 2nd day conclusion

Sri Lanka bowls Australia in to anxious 2nd day conclusion

Sri Lanka bowls Australia in to anxious 2nd day conclusion

Written by Tharushan Fernando

05 Aug, 2016 | 7:35 pm

The second day of the 2nd test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Galle,began with the visitors 2-54 in their first innings, trailing by 227 runs, but had to soon give the pitch up to the home -team, loosing 8-52 in just under 20 overs. A brave David Warner chipped in 42 runs.

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Left-arm finger spinner Rangana Herath (4-35) managed to get a hat-trick, and the off-spinning Dilruwan Perera (4-29) stumped the Aussie batting claiming 4 wickets for 29 runs that gave the Sri Lankans’ a 175 run lead.

Sri Lanka did not hold too well either, on a pitch that was giving hefty trouble to all batsman. Skipper Angelo Mathews managed to put their boys in comfortable place with a quick fire 47 but fell short of a half century to Michael Lyon. Dilruwan Perea showed his resilience with 64 on the board.

Sri Lanka was bowled out for 237 and set up lead of 413 runs for Australia.

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The ask was high but not impossible for Australia, but When Herath struck early and took the wicket of Burns,things did not look positive for the visiting team. The task was made more of a monumental climb when MDK Perera took out Nightwatchman, Lyon for a duck.

The Australians seemed faltered when Dilruwan Perera picked up another wicket the next ball when he fooled Usman Khawaja to leave a ball that spun back in to the stumps.

Australia were 25 for the loss of 3 wickets, with Steven Smith (1) and David Warner (22) at the crease at the close of play

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