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Burns cracked an hundred on Day 1

Karunaratne suffers nasty blow; Australia march along

After Australia declared their innings at a 534 for 5, the pair of Dimuth Karunaratne (46*) and Lahiru Thirimanne (41) provided a solid start and raised hopes of Sri Lanka mounting a fightback. For a while, the openers seemed to be holding a flickering candle in a long tunnel as they tried to take the side to safer shores. However, in a matter of minutes, that flickering hope was snatched away by Pat Cummins's hostility as the visitors ended the day 123 for 3, still behind by 411.

To make matters worse, Karunaratne sustained a nasty blow on the back of the helmet and was taken to a nearby hospital for scans. In the 38th over of the innings, the opener attempted to duck while facing a quick and well-directed short delivery from Cummins. However, the ball kept following the opener and hit him on the neck.

The opener fell down on the ground and immediately, the Australian physio and Sri Lanka's team doctor were out in the middle. Roshen Silva, the substitute fielder, helped to remove his gloves, helmet and pads. Eventually, paramedicscarried the opener off the field via a stretcher. As he was stretched off, players from both camps had concerned looks on their faces. The ambulance also arrived at the ground as he was taken to hospital. He was wearing flaps, which was basically designed to protect the batsman from blows on the back of the helmet.

Until that blow, Karunratne in the company of Thirimanne had batted with purpose. With rasping cuts, drives and flicks, Karunratne took on the Australian pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Cummins and Jhye Richardson. Thirimanne also kept the scorecard ticking over to propel the side to 82 for no loss, when one blow on the helmet led to Sri Lanka's slide.

After losing his opening partner, Thirimanne edged Lyon to the lone slip fielder. It was fine a delivery from Lyon that turned considerably but Thirimanne also could have lost his concentration after watching Karunratne copping a vicious blow. Before close of play, the tourists also saw Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal trudge back to the pavilion. Mendis was castled by a delivery that jagged away after pitching to rattle the stumps, while Chandimal was dismissed via a well-directed bouncer.

Sri Lanka lose Thirimanne

That blow to Karunaratne's helmet seems to have disrupted the rhythm of Sri Lanka's batting. Lyon extracted enough turn and bounce to force Thirimanne, the opening partner of Karunaratne, to edge one to slip. From 90 for no loss, the visitors have lost both the openers - albeit in different ways.

Blow on helmet!

Oh, Dimuth Karunaratne has copped a nasty blow on the head. It was a well-directed bumper from Cummins and the ball kept following the southpaw batsman. Karunaratne attempted to duck but was hit on the back of the helmet, just above his neck.

Ah, he looks in some trouble at the moment. Presently, the medical staff of Cricket Australia is attending him. Sri Lanka's team doctor is also in the middle. Subsequently, the stretcher has come out and the crowd has gone quiet. This is not a good sight at all. The Sri Lankan camp look extremely worried. Australian players too have concerned look on their faces.

The one positive sign is Karunaratne seems to be talking to the physio. He is being carried off in a stretcher now. Hoping against hope that he will be alright.

Update: An ambulance also arrived at the ground and the opener was taken for scans.

Solid start

This has been a fine start from the opening duo. Karunaratne and Thirimanne took a heavy toll off Starc. In the ninth over, Karunaratne gave a glimpse of his skills, with an exquisite straight drive off Cummins. The track has also eased out.

Complete command

Patterson cracked his maiden Test century to leave Sri Lanka in a state of disarray at Tea on Day 2 of the Canberra Test. Patterson, who became the third centurion of the innings, powered the home side to 534 for 5 declared. On a slightly positive note for Sri Lanka, they finished the session with all 10 wickets intact, still trailing by a substantial 487.

The second session was mostly about Sri Lanka's players going through their motions as they waited for the declaration. On the other hand, Patterson, who has been in prime form in first class cricket this season, alongside Tim Paine took advantage of some ordinary bowling.

Patterson, in particular, took the aggressive route by collecting boundaries off Chamika Karunaratne and Dhananjaya de Silva. He soon reached the coveted three-figure mark with a sublime drive off Karunaratne. The southpaw celebrated the occasion with a beaming smile and raised his bat to acknowledge the crowd. With some inclement weather expected over the course of the Test, Australia soon declared their innings.

After declaring their innings, the home side would have hoped to make early incisions. However, on a track that had eased out by the second session, the duo of Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunratne steered the tourists to the break. The pair took a heavy toll off Starc's bowling with the experienced pacer struggling to get his line right.

Declaration

Australia soon declared their innings at 534 for 5. With inclement weather expected over the next few days, it was on the cards that the hosts would go for the declaration.

Sri Lanka's batsmen now has an uphill task on their hands as the track is doing a bit.

Patterson's day out

What a moment for the New South Welshman, Kurtis Patterson! He has cracked his maiden Test hundred. The promising batsman soaked in the generous applause from the crowd with a beaming smile. Proud moment for the southpaw to score a hundred in front of his parents and on expected lines, his parents are chuffed to bits watching their son crack an impressive century.

Patterson, who has crunched four centuries in his last four first class games, has mostly looked assured at the crease.

Patterson eyeing Test ton

After accruing his maiden Test fifty, Patterson played with more positive intent as he pulled and drove Rajitha and Karunaratne to the boundary boards. The pair of Paine and Patterson also steered Australia to the break.

As the cricketers made their way back to the pavilion, Sri Lanka's played looked deflated. They certainly need a spark of inspiration from somewhere.

Maiden Test fifty

Kurtis Patterson continues to impress in whites as he notches up his maiden Test fifty. As expected, his parents are chuffed. It has been a measured innings from the New South Welshman as he had to paddle through some disciplined bowling from Sri Lanka. He compiled his half century with a nudge off C Karunaratne.

Patterson has showcased his range of shots with pulls and drives.

Burns falls for splendid 180

Rajitha found some seam and swing to trouble both Patterson and Burns. The point can be capsulised by the peach he bowled to Burns that moved away off the seam to whistle past the outside edge.

For a moment or two, it seemed as if he had lost control as he banged one short that was deposited into the boundary boards. However, just in the nick of time, for the tourists, Burns inside-edged Rajitha one onto the stumps. The seamer deserved the reward.

End of a marvellous innings from the opener. He received a standing ovation as he made his way back.

Build Up:

Joe Burns (172*) and Travis Head (161) had a great time in the middle as the duo strung together a mammoth stand of 308 to not just pull Australia out of troubled waters but also put the side on top at close of play on Day 1. An emotional Burns, on a comeback trail, kissed his helmet badge after completing his century.

At 28 for 3, the inexperienced trio of Rajitha, Fernando and Karunaratne had given the visitors a ray of hope of bundling out the home team for a modest total. But it wasn't to be as they couldn't keep up the pressure for long enough.

Can Burns reach his maiden double ton in Tests on Day 2? We will have all the action in a few minutes time.

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