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Cummins and Starc got a wicket each
Australia struck twice in the opening session of play on Day 1 at the Galle International Stadium as Sri Lanka went to Lunch on 68 for 2, with Dimuth Karunaratne and Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 25 and 15 respectively.
The Australian pacers – Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins – bowled a testing short spell early in the morning, aided by the movement on offer, after the hosts elected to bat on Wednesday. They troubled the Sri Lankan openers, especially Pathum Nissanka who was repeatedly beaten on the outside edge. His stay was eventually brought to an end in the 13th over when he edged a delivery to the wicketkeeper, who took a good catch diving to his right.
Starc followed up soon after with the strike of Kusal Mendis, who went for a lazy drive to a delivery angled away from the right-hander to hand Alex Carey his second catch of the morning.
The duo, however, had limited role to play in the morning – and are expected to have lesser to play as the game moves forward. Puffs of dust came out quite early in their spell. Not surprisingly, Nathan Lyon, who was introduced into the attack as early as the sixth over, got the ball to turn sharply from the first ball itself. He kept the batters on their toes and often beat them and found edges of the bat.
Australia weren’t at their best with the reviews, losing one for a bat-pad catch appeal and not taking one when they could have had an LBW appeal turned in their favour.
Scoring opportunities were limited, but Karunaratne in specific was quick to latch on to the odd loose deliveries that came his way. In the company of the veteran Mathews, the skipper applied himself well in familar conditions to evade the challenge posed by Lyon and Mitchell Swepson, and stitched an unbeaten 26-run stand before heading for the break.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 68/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 25*, Pathum Nissanka 23; Pat Cummins 1-12, Mitchell Starc 1-24) vs Australia