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Cricket news - Australia in command despite Lakmal's five-for

Suranga Lakmal was incisive under the light in the post-dinner session.

To get in spite of Suranga Lakmal bowling a lively spell of five wickets, Australia seized control of the proceedings at the end of day 2 of the Gabba Test against Sri Lanka. The home team were rolled for 323, gaining a first innings lead of 179.

Australia's strong position is based on the sizeable 166-run stand between Travis head (84) and Marnus Labuschagne (81). To leave as the duo closed together, Lahiru Kumara and Lakmal had struck once each to Australia in a spot of bother at 82 for 4.

Marcus Harris was removed from a start in front of the gift of his gate, cut through the a ball to backward point. Meanwhile, Lakmal a touch of overhang generated to elicit, the outer edge of Lyon, with Kusal Mendis grab the hook in the slip cordon. Australia needed a stand of substance, and it was the duo of head and Labuschagne, came to their rescue.

The couple had a couple of nervy moments early on, including the head-edge of a journey over the slip cordon and Labuschagne surviving a loud shout for a LBW. However, if both of them paddled through the first few moments, began. Head played a couple of sublime drives, while Labuschagne, the host has a good effect against Dilruwan Perera.

The Sri Lanka camp, had also a Chance, if the tireless Lakmal bowed his back, a kick from the surface, and find the edge of the head of the pasture, the only for Niroshan Dickwella to put a chance. The resultant edge flew straight to the first slip fielder, but Dickwella about surfaced and grassed the opportunity.

The missed opportunity after the break proved costly as the pair soon, the hosts took past the 200-run mark. In desperation, Perera Dinesh convinced to take Chandimal, a review for a LBW against Labuschagne, but without success. By then the tourists both had their reviews. Just when the pair looked set to steer Australia to the dinner break, Dhananjaya de Silva, the part-timer, released Labuschagne.

The wicket of Labuschagne opened the floodgates for Lakmal to rip through the rest of the order in the night session. He found a note in the Form to be dismissed again in the head, the good batsman LBW. With his next ball, he swung a way from Tim Paine to the edge and send the Australian captain on his way.

Kurtis Patterson, the Test debutant, played with an air of calm, as the lead continued to swell. Lakmal, however, returned for another spell to dismiss Patterson for his five-fer soon after Chameera was sent, Cummins back to the cabin. Mitchell Starc, batting on 10, frustrated Sri Lanka with a flurry of boundaries, before Perera, unless the rectification of defects by eliminating Jhye Richardson.

For the tourists, Lakmal completely thrilled with the excellent control and found the movement in the air and outside of the field of play to cause problems. In the night session, he also extracted the'. zip' from the surface. Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirmanne waded through most of the last half-hour of the day before Cummins removed, of the former. Cummins, who in a heartbeat, the Australian camp to produce enough found the nip, the edge and pick up the skin of the head from the last ball of day 3.

Australia not yet, Test at the Gabba since 1988-89 when West Indies " fearsome pace attack helped the tourists post a full eight-wicket lost victory. The home side are well-positioned to their Brisbane superiority.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka 144 (Niroshan Dickwella 64; Pat Cummins 4-39, Jhye Richardson 3-26) and 17/1 (Pat Cummins 0-1) trail Australia 323 (Travis head 84, Marnus Labuschagne 81; Suranga Lakmal 5-75) by 162 runs.

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