SL vs AUS: 13 wickets fell on the first day, after Nathan Lyon, Sri Lankan spinners gave shocks to Australia


Galle. With the help of 5 wickets from Nathan Lyon, Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 212 runs in the first cricket Test, but also lost the first 3 wickets of the first innings for 98 runs. Sri Lankan off-spinner Ramesh Mendis dismissed David Warner (25) lbw and Marnus Labuschagne (13) was caught by Asith Fernando. Australia’s two wickets fell for 35 runs. Steve Smith was run out after scoring 6 runs. At the end of the first day’s play, Usman Khawaja was playing 47 and Travis Head scored 6 runs. Earlier, Australia dismissed Sri Lanka (SL vs AUS) on a low score with the help of 5 wickets from off-spinner Lion and 3 wickets from leg-spinner Mitchell Sweepson.

Wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella scored the highest 58 runs for Sri Lanka. He added 42 runs for the sixth wicket with Angelo Mathews (39). Sri Lanka lost 5 wickets within 97 runs. Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat and till lunch the score was 68 for 2 wickets. Lion gave another blow to Sri Lanka after increasing it by 6 runs. He got Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne caught by David Warner.

2 wickets fell in 2 balls

Sweepson took 2 wickets in 2 consecutive balls in the 37th over. He dismissed Dhananjay de Silva on the first ball, whose catch was caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey. Warner caught Dinesh Chandimal’s catch at second slip. Lion caught Angelo Mathews (39) in the hands of Warner at leg slip. Opening the Sri Lankan innings, Karunaratne and Pathum Nisanka added 38 runs for the first wicket. Cummins got Nisanka (23) caught by wicketkeeper Alex Carey on a bouncing ball. After 4 runs, Starc also caught third number batsman Kusal Mendis (03) at the hands of Carey to reduce Sri Lanka’s score to 42 for two.

3 spinners in Sri Lankan team

The Australian spinners did not get any wickets in the first hour of the morning, but they troubled the Sri Lankan batsmen a lot. Especially off-spinner Nathan Lyon took good advantage of the turn and bounce he was getting from the pitch. Sri Lanka has landed in this match with 3 spinners. Left-arm spinner Lasith Ambuldeniya and off-spinner Ramesh Mendis will be joined by leg-spinner Geoffrey Vandersay, who is making his Test debut.

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This series has been named the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, which together are the 2nd most successful bowlers in the longer format of the game by taking 1508 Test wickets. This is the first series for the trophy after Shane Warne died of a heart attack while on holiday in Thailand in March.

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