30 Jun 2022

Sri Lanka vs Australia, First Test, Day Report 2: Cameron Green, Usman Khawaja Put Australia Top vs Sri Lanka

Cameron Green and Usman Khawaja hit half-century to put Australia ahead with 101 runs against Sri Lanka after bad weather delayed the second day of the first Test on Thursday. Visitors reached 313 out of eight when bad light stopped playing in Galle after storms and strong winds destroyed the stadium and delayed the start of the match until late in the afternoon. Captain Pat Cummins, 26, and Nathan Lyon, eight, were battling the end of the game after the visitors won two sessions.

Khawaja on the left made 71 before Green, who scored 77 points, participated in 84 attacks with wicket-taker Alex Carey.

Ramesh Mendis quickly fired 45-year-old Carey to break the stand and earned his fourth wicket in the innings while shutting down Green lbw.

Mitchell Starc fell close to Jeffrey Vandersay, who got two wickets, but Cummins hit the bowlers with 16 balls in his blitz consisting of six six and three.

The visitors, who started 98-3 again, defeated Travis Head at 6 p.m. with off-spinner Dhananjaya de Silva holding the left and throwing.

Khawaja, a left-handed opener who survived a 36-day loss last day, added 57 in partnership with Green.

Vandersay finally released Khawaja, who was in top form after playing a key role in his side's 1-0 win over Pakistan in March, in his first Test wicket.

Carey on the left joined Green and took the opposition's attack as he used a good sweep and hit six crossings.

Strong Indian Ocean storms hit Galle on Thursday, lifting broadcast equipment and one of the screens visible below the port city.

The temporary roof of one of the world's smallest stairs was also lowered by the storm. No injuries were reported.

When the rain stopped, the crew worked quickly to get things ready and to keep the game going.

Lyon led Australia to the start of the two-match series with a Test 5 of five wickets, which helped them knock out Sri Lanka in the final playing session.

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