Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019: 1st Test, The Gabba, Brisbane – Day 1 Report
Australia vs Sri Lanka 2019: 1st Test, The Gabba, Brisbane – Day 1 Report; After a tough few days in the Test format of the game, it seems like Australian Cricket Team has finally got some good time on the field. They have thoroughly dominated things on Day 1 of the Test match to keep their noses ahead in the game against Sri Lanka.
Pat Cummins delivers again:
Initially, it was Sri Lanka, who won the toss and asked Australians to bowl first. But, it was only the toss, which went in Sri Lanka’s way, as Australian bowlers showed their class on a fresh Gabba wicket. They rattled through the defence of clueless Sri Lankan batting department.
The return of Lahiru Thirimanne has been once again a sorry note for Sri Lanka, as he walked back for a cheap score, which opened the wickets column as well. Soon, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mednis walked back as Pat Cummins and Jhye Richardson struck again.
None of their top six batsmen hasn’t looked like staying in the crease and knocking it for their country. At one stage, the scorecard read 68/5. However, the attacking knock of 64 runs by Niroshan Dickwella gave at least 144 runs on the board. It would have been even worse if Niroshan failed to get that knock.
Coming to the bowling section, it was their fast bowler Pat Cummins, who bagged four wickets to his name while Jhye Richardson picked up 3 wickets. Meanwhile, Mitchell Starc chipped in with a couple of wickets while Nathan Lyon bagged one wicket.
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Marcus Harris knocks 40:
In reply, all seemed good until 10 overs of the game for Australia. But, then, it was Suranga Lakmal, who poured water on the Joe Burns idea to knock scores and settle in the side.
He was quickly followed by Usman Khawaja, who once again displayed his weakness of playing against spinners. Dilruwan Perera got that right, who sent Usman for 11 runs to his name. Meanwhile, Marcus Harris was batting brilliantly on 40* alongside Nathan Lyon 0* at the end of stumps.
Sri Lanka – 144/10 (Niroshan Dickwella 64, Pat Cummins 4/39, Jhye Richardson 3/26)
Australia – 72/2 (Marcus Harris 40*; Dilruwan Perera 1/4)