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To set Sri Lanka off to a disappointing start with the bat and folded up for 144, Australia in control on the opening day of the first Test on Thursday (January 24). In response, Australia Joe Burns and Usman Khawaja under the lights had lost 72 for 2, the.

Before the start of the series, Sri Lanka's bowling coach, had indicated that they had operated in the investigation of the way the Indian bowlers, in their series win. By the time the Sri Lankan bowlers went in the bowl, in the hope to replicate the performance of the Indian bowlers, the match slipped from their grasp. Both Marcus Harris and Usman Khwaja was good to see the testing times under lights and set-up bat is a perfect platform for the hosts for a long time.

Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson struck crucial blows to pin the visitors on the Mat, as Niroshan Dickwella and fought hard with his 78-ball 64. Decided the bat, both Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne were scratchy at the start and fought against Richardson in the first hour of the game. While Mitchell Starc fought, the debutant kept things in check. It was Cummins, who has to break the opening, when he had Thirimanne caught, slips a full ball.

Richardson to hit soon, sagging Dinesh Chandimal as his first Test wicket. The body blow, though, came late in the first session. Karunaratne came across a delivery that turned and bounced from Lyon glove it to the keeper. Sri Lanka went to tea break at 58 for 3 and needed Kusal Mendis and Roshen Silva back innings to revive in the second session. But they got off to a disastrous start after the break.

Richardson removed Mendis with the third ball of the second session, with a delivery that pitched on off and moved away to beat the outside edge and take off the pole. From there on the Sri Lanka innings was like being in a rudderless boat movement without purpose and without the right direction. Dhananjaya de Silva fell, caught behind driving at a wide, while Roshen was smothered defend by Cummins to try to get a ball, the away seam and took the outside edge.

Left with no other choice, Dickwella produced to push some much-needed fireworks, a total of over 100. At one point, he is a Starc delivery get over the 'keeper for a six. Much to the horror of the visitors, Starc his rhythm for a short while and added to their hardships. He dismissed Suranga Lakmal to pocket of his 200 Test wicket and then Dilruwan Perera caught at, had slipped on his tally. Dickwella is over got to his half-century with a boundary in the 52nd, before he pulled a short ball to long, Cummins his third goal of the day.

Australia made a good start, even if the conditions were in the favor of the visitors. The first five overs resulted in 20 runs, and despite the bowlers found swing and movement of the deck. Lakmal finally met in the 11., if he had burns poking at a delivery outside off. Mendis picked up a good low catch to ensure Burns's return to Test cricket was corrupted. Dilruwan struck with his first delivery - with less than 10 minutes left in the day - as Khawaja hacked on a short and wide. Sri Lanka were guilty of in the length just a bit short, and that allowed Harris to negotiate the process with ease.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 144 (Niroshan Dickwella 64; Pat Cummins 4-39) lead Australia 72/2 (Marcus Harris, 40*) by 72 runs.

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