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Dickwella’s half ton helps SL reach 212 overall

The rotational combination of Nathan Lyon 5 for 90 and Mitchell Swepson 3 for 55 helped Australia eliminate Sri Lanka for 212 in their first innings on day one of the first Test match played at the Galle International Cricket Stadium yesterday.

At the end of the game, Australia had 98 wickets for 3 wickets with a trail of 114 runs.

Day one dominated by bowlers as 13 wickets were knocked down and ten wickets taken by spinners from both sides.

Australian spinner Nathan Lyon who took 5 for 90 making a successful call in the first Test against Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka opted to strike first but openers Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka got off to a slow start as Nissanka was the first to score 23 of 44 balls and the first breakthrough made by skipper Pat Cummins while the Wicketkeeper Alex Carey took a hold to dismiss the information on the right setter Nissanka in the 13th. Number three hitter Kusal Mendis survived zero (0) before a close call that didn’t yield by the third umpire but he couldn’t continue his form and was back at the clubhouse scoring 3 runs in 15 balls. The experienced Michell Starc took his wicket and Carey took his second hold of the innings.

Skipper Karunaratne and the experienced Angelo Matthews were on the wicket when 68 for 2 wickets at the lunch break. Three overs after the lunch break, skipper Karunaratne who played a very responsible innings was finally eliminated with a superb catch taken by ravine outfielder David Warner on spinner Nathan Lyon. In fact, Karunaratne scored 23 runs on 84 balls for a long inning, but with Lyon he started his superb bowling spell to grab Karunaratne’s wicket in the 30th.

The 37th most played by leg spinner Michell Swepson who played his third Test and was able to turn the game in favor by taking back two wickets back to back. Sri Lanka were 97 for 5 at this stage while Dhananjaya de Silva (14) was his first wicket on the first ball of the 37th while the experienced Dinesh Chandimal ducked out of the first ball while Warner took his second catch in second sliding position.

More experienced hitter Angelo Matthews was heading for a long inning but Lyon were hit again with Matthews who was back at the clubhouse scoring 39 for 71 with 3 fours. Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dikwella started with his usual style and reached his 21st half also added 64 runs in the seventh wicket partnership with Ramesh Mendis who was knocked out 22 from 36 balls. Dikwella tried again for a sweeping shot against Lyon and was caught by Alex Carey in the 56th.

34-year-old spinner Nathan Lyon had a superb spell taking 5 for 90 in his 25 over spell on his 20th five-wicket shot. 28-year-old leg spinner Mitchell Swepson played a good supporting role taking 3 for 55 which was his best bowling Test figures while two pacemakers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc took one wicket apiece .

Australia started their first innings with a solid 47-run position between openers David Warner and Usman Kawaja as Warne came out 25 first from 24 balls and spinner Ramesh Mendis made an early breakthrough. Marnus Labuschagne was the second victim of Ramesh Mendis to end the day 2 for 35. Experienced hitter Steve Smith was the last wicket of the day sadly exhausted for 6 out of 11 balls.

Kawaja was undefeated 47 for 86 balls with 5 fours while Travis Head remained on 6 for 11 balls. The second day will continue today from 10am.