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Sri Lanka Manage to Rise a Bit; Hopeful for Win on Day 5

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Sri Lanka Manage to Rise a Bit; Hopeful for Win on Day 5

July 29
16:07 2016

austNew Delhi, Friday, July 29 – Rain disturbed the play between Australia and Sri Lanka in the opening Test for more than a few minutes, stopping the play a day ago at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. After making Australian team go back to the dressing room at a score 203 runs in 1st innings, Sri Lanka wanted to get past the handy lead of 86 runs by the opponents. 117 runs did not set the modest total by the host when they won the toss and chose to bat first.

Aussies wished to end Sri Lankan innings as early as possible once again. This wish got completed when a couple of wickets fell at a score of six. Angelo Mathews’ men seemed took no lesson from the mistakes made earlier. When Sri Lankan openers began to bat for a second time, it was likely that stable performances will be showcased. However, that did not happen in view of the fact that Kusal Perera, the wicket-keeper, was dismissed by Starc after getting his legs before wicket. It was a complete failure for the home side as Perera did not capitalize opportunity as an opening batsman, losing wicket post totalling only 4 runs in 5 deliveries. In the same over, Dimuth Karunaratne was sent back to the dressing room on a naught by Starc, who was in a happy zone as he gave his team that was needed in the early hours of play.

The series of losing wickets did not stop given that Kaushal Silva was dismissed by O’Keefe at a score of 7. Kusal Mendis stole the show amidst speculations about early finish of Sri Lankan innings. He eyed a partnership but that was certainly not given by the captain Mathews, who could only score 9 runs in 31 balls. Dinesh Chandimal with Mendis brought some stability, bringing a slight pause to the wobbly innings of Sri Lanka. When play resumed today, wickets fell once again. Dinesh Chandimal was lbw by Mitchell Marsh when playing at a score of 42. He faced 100 deliveries to get this total with the help of four 4s. Dhananjaya de Silva succumbed to Lyon. He pocketed 36 runs off 62 balls, with the help of three boundaries. Mendis’ wicket was big one for Australia today. He scored 176 runs in 254 balls. He hit 21 boundaries and one six. His innings could inspire other players of his team since he played balls by the oppositions that created problems for the top order.

Dilruwan Perera lost his wicket to Hazlewood at a score of 12, which consisted of a couple of 4s. Lakshan Sandakan showed his ability to bat by sending the ball into the fences twice but Starc ended his stint soon. Off 7 deliveries, he pocketed 9 runs. Here is to mention that Australian bowlers were successful in building stress on the rivals by dismissing players at different time intervals, not letting them think of getting humongous lead. After 94 overs, Sri Lanka have scored 353 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. Rangana Herath and Nuwan Pradeep were on the crease a little while ago and tried to be there for as long as possible. But Hazlewood did not let this happen and dismissed Herath who was batting at a score of 35 runs in 34 balls, together with six boundaries. Pradeep was not out at 10 runs off 12 balls, inclusive of two 4s.

The two did not perform well while batting in the Sri Lanka’s first innings. The two now make sure runs are attained in speed. It is interesting to see both tail-ender batsmen running for singles and converting them twos whenever possible. If they hit the ball at a right time and get the most out of the opportunity of outshining amid others, things may turn in favour of Sri Lanka even though an average total is achieved as far as format of Test is kept in mind. During the innings break, the host has taken lead of 267 runs. 13 extras have been bowled by Australians up to now. It was a tad surprising to see Steven Smith trying out eight bowling options, including himself.

Mitchell Starc has got 4 wickets, Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood got 2 wickets apiece, Steve O’Keefe and Mitchell Marsh one wicket each. David Warner, Adam Voges and Steven Smith still hunt for the last wicket. Bowling of Australia skipper was impressive since he gave just one run in the one over he bowled. Major focus of Australia is to let their innings get started soon but that will only be possible if SL lose their last man on the wicket. Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, David Warner and Nathan Lyon hope to attain the target set by Sri Lanka to start the tour with a win.

When all’s said and done, Mathews-led group still has the chance to shine. A lot of things now depend on how bowlers perform. If they can manage to stop Australian players from being close to the target by being on right track, it is possible they could win, which is desired from a long span of time by now. Post not having a good show against England, Sri Lanka want to get back in form. For the reason that Aussies tour to the country is to end in September, a confident start will help stay strong in mind of others. Fans wait to see whether the first Test will enter on Day 5 or will get over today with a clear winner. Weather plays important role on Friday as well. If rainfall and bad light play spoilsport another time, it may be possible that remaining play continues on Saturday. As of now, the game is on and each team pays attention to the fact that any space to let opponent rise shouldn’t be given to remain strong in the competition.

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