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Sri Lanka vs. Australia – Kushal Mendis’ Ton Helps Sri Lanka Gain Ground on Day 3

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Sri Lanka vs. Australia – Kushal Mendis’ Ton Helps Sri Lanka Gain Ground on Day 3

July 28
17:37 2016

kusalNew Delhi, Thursday, July 28 – Australian cricket team scored 203 runs in first innings in opposition to Sri Lanka in the first Test at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. After restricting the rivals at a score of 117, Aussies could only manage to get a handy lead of 86 runs. David Warner was dismissed on Day 1 at a zero while Joe Burns lost his wicket to Rangana Herath at 3 runs. Sri Lankan bowling line-up made sure the visiting team misses the track as early as possible so that they can stop the rivals from building the pressure.

The way Australia began to bat wasn’t notable. It somehow looked like the replica of something finished by the host a few hours before. When play resumed a day ago, the Australian captain Steven Smith was stumped by Chandimal when Herath delivered his over. He was out at an innings of 30 off 53 balls, consisting of three boundaries. Herath made Usman Khawaja, who scored 26 runs in 62 balls, together with four 4s, get his leg before wickets by bowling in the perfect line and length. Australian cricket team totalled 119 runs for the loss of four wickets in first session, taking leads of 2 runs. When second session began, they scored in a much better way that before.

Adam Voges was the only man nearing to get a fifty. He struck three shots but lost his wicket at a stage from where chances of Australia to rise were huge. Pradeep dismissed him at a score of 47 in 115 balls. Before him, the players to lose their wickets were Mitchell Marsh, who was sent back to the dressing room by Sandakan at a score of 31 (4 x 5), and Peter Nevill, the wicket-keeper batsman dismissed by Herath at 2 runs. Fans continued to pray Australian cricketers to go for hitting boundaries to avoid early winding up of the innings. Steve O’Keefe made certain not succumb to stress. Including a four, he played a knock of 23 runs. Mitchell Starc struck a six, making viewers believe that everything isn’t over for them but soon Lakshan Sandakan dismissed him. Starc couldn’t go beyond 11 runs.

The 34-year-old O’Keefe threw his wicket to the same man. Lakshan Sandakan ended innings of the Aussies by dismissing Nathan Lyon at a score of 17 (4 x 2). Josh Hazlewood was not out at 2 runs. Herath and Sandakan bowled terrifically well, making the opposition feel the heat to a certain extent. Despite the fact that the visitors got an accessible lead, Sri Lanka made sure enough room is not given to the batsman so that they can place the ball into the gaps for quick scoring. Pradeep ended up with two wickets in his account. Taking no lesson from previously made mistakes, Sri Lanka lost two crucial wickets at a score of six when began to bat for a second time. Kusal Perera, who was sent to bat as an opener, was lbw by Starc when playing at an individual total of 4 facing 5 deliveries. Dimuth Karunaratne was dismissed by the same man, Starc, in the similar manner but on a naught.

The sequence of throwing wickets getting lbw did not end as Kaushal Silva had to return to the dressing room post missing to judge a delivery by S O’Keefe at a score of 7. Lyon helped Australia enjoy the building tension on the rivals by dismissing Angelo Mathews at a score of 9. Burns assured he comes under the ball at a right time and make best use of the opportunity of taking a wicket created by Lyon, the off-spinner. The fort is held to a certain extent by Kusal Mendis, who is batting at 128 runs in 172 balls with the help of 16 boundaries and a six. Dinesh Chandimal is also making efforts to do his bit. Currently, he is batting at a score of 35, which comprises three fours. In 55 overs, 192 runs have been scored by Sri Lanka for the loss of four wickets. Nine extras have been bowled by Australians so far. Dhan de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Herath, Pradeep and Sandakan are yet to bat. To cut a long story short, Mathews’ men need to rise strong if they do not wish to lose the match. Everybody is well known with the kind of talent housed by Australian players.

The lead is growing with each over bowled but Sri Lanka need to keep wickets safe and accumulate as many as runs possible since no score is enough when contesting party is strong and has the talent to excel in tough situations. Any wicket lost at this stage can be troublesome, increasing the chance of ending the match in four days. Smith went with seven-man attack as he look forward to some great show by Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Steve O’Keefe, Nathan Lyon, David Warner, Adam Voges and Mitchell Marsh so that better chances of winning can be created. Today’s play is imperative. It is clear that both teams struggled to stay on the crease for a long time. The pitch hasn’t supported batting a lot but a ton from Mendis shows that nothing is impossible if efforts are put in a right way and direction. Australian captain wants that remaining wickets are earned in the coming overs. The 1st Test seems to take an interesting turn. Picture about the team having a better chance to shine will get more apparent towards the end of the day.

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