SL vs Aus, 1st Test, 2022 – How it happened


Dimuth Karunaratne: c Carey b Lyon 23
5.3 Bottom edge, given! Went for the sweep from outside off and gets a thin tickle. Neatly done from Carey who has done well in tough conditions behind the stumps. Australia have their first | 37 for 1

Pathum Nissanka: lbw b Swepson 14
6.5 Big appeal and given lbw! Nissanka goes for the sweep and misses. Looks very straight but he reviews. Pitches middle, straightens a touch, takes the back leg. Not sure this will be missing. And it’s clipping off stump. Not stone dead, but will stay out | 39 for 2

Kusal Mendis: c Swepson b Lyon 8
11.1 Top edge, taken at deep backward square! Sweeps again, can’t keep it down, Swepson settles under it nicely in that well-positioned spot which is in from the boundary. Excellent from Cummins and Lyon. There won’t be a Mendis special today | 59 for 3

Oshada Fernando: c Smith b Swepson 12
12.2 Is that caught at slip? Oshada goes for the drive to one tossed up outside off and gets a thick edge to slip. Taken cleanly but Oshada thinks it’s a bump ball. Aussie’s are confident though, and turns out they were right, as replays show this takes a clean edge through to the keeper. That’s another one for Swepson, and the Aussies are ripping through this Lankan batting line-up | 63 for 4

Dinesh Chandimal: b Head 11
18.2 Blimey! He’s cleaned him up! What an absolute ripper, and Chandimal just stands there in disbelief before eventually walking off. This spun a mile from outside off, right through the gap between bat and pad as Chandimal looked to push this gently towards cover. A delivery Murali himself would have been proud of! | 95 for 5

Dhananjaya de Silva: lbw b Head 11
18.5 Huge appeal for lbw here! Given not out, but Head is convinced and they review this. And my word this is close, as Dhananjaya chooses to leave this sharp off spinning delivery alone, but ends up getting struck right in front of middle and leg. And yes, he is a goner! Three reds! | 96 for 6

Ramesh Mendis: c Khawaja b Lyon 3
19.4 And another one bites the dust! Mendis goes for the sweep this time, but only manages a top edge down to deep fine leg, who’s a few yards in from the boundary for just this type of stroke | 97 for 7

Niroshan Dickwella: c Labuschagne b Lyon 3
21.2 And Dickwella goes! No repeat of his first innings heroics here, as he goes for the reverse sweep and gets a low top edge towards Marnus at cover, who dives full length to his left to hold on to good low take | 108 for 8

Jeffrey Vandersay: b Head 8
22.1 And Head has his third! Again with a ripper through bat and pad, as Vandersay goes for the forward defence but ends up with his stumps disturbed. This is a beaut of a ball, just clipping the top of leg | 108 for 9

Lasith Embuldeniya lbw b Head 0
22.5 Is that the innings wrapped up?! This is tossed up from Head on middle and leg, and it beats the bat as the batter looks to work this onside. He’s struck on the front pad and given not out, Australia review. This could be going down leg, but has it straightened enough? Yes, yes it has! Three reds as this is shown to hit leg. And Sri Lanka are all out for 113!



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