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Cricket news - Patterson's maiden Test ton deflates Sri Lanka

Kurtis Patterson hit his maiden Test ton

Kurtis 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 Karunaratne 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.

Just like the afternoon session, Sri Lanka had a forgettable time at the start of the day. The only time Sri Lanka's bowlers threatened to pick up wickets was during the first half an hour of the day's play. Patterson and Burns (180), the two overnight batsmen, were confronted with some disciplined bowling from Kasun Rajitha. The pacer generated a hint of swing and also extracted seam movement to trouble the duo.

However, just when the pair seemed to have negated the threat, Burns pushed at one to eke out an inside edge onto the stumps off Rajitha. As the opener trudged back to the pavilion, he received a standing ovation. Unfortunately for the visitors, that turned out to be the only wicket of the session. The duo of Paine and Patterson then joined forces to extend Australia's dominance.

Brief scores: Australia 534/5 decl. (Joe Burns 180, Travis Head 161, Kurtis Patterson 114*; Vishwa Fenrando 3-126) lead Sri Lanka 47/0 (Dimuth Karunaratne 29*) by 487 runs

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