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Aussie Pacemen Dismantle Sri Lanka For 144 Runs, Trail By 72 At Stumps In First Test

Tanuja Saikhom | 30 days ago

Australian pacers produced a clinical bowling attack as they bundled out Sri Lankan batsmen for just 144 in 56.4 overs on the day one of the first Test in Brisbane.

After winning the toss at Gabba, Dinesh Chandimal decided to bat first only to be felled victims in the hands of fast bowlers on Thursday. 

Pat Cummins claimed four crucial wickets, including the highest scorer of the innings Niroshan Dickwella who made a gritty 64 before he got caught by Test debutant Kurtis Patterson in the middle. Dickwella and Dushmantha Chameera established the highest eighth wicket partnership of 38 runs for the innings despite the latter couldn’t score a single run.

Cummins, who is still fresh from the recent impressive performance in series against India, continued his incredible wicket-taking streak as he dismissed the second last batsman Chameera for duck.

Jhye Richardson, the 22-year-old debutant in the squad, scalped the wickets of Sri Lanka skipper Chandimal (5), Kusal Mendis (14), and Dhananjaya de Silva (5) at an economic rate of 1.85.

Australia remained in control after they made a positive start to their innings. Opener Marcus Harris is still batting at 40 has not to be in a hurry as he eased off with five 4s and runs between wickets.

Harris and Nathan Lyon (11) were at the crease when the umpires dislodged the belts for the day.

The hosts are 72 for two in 25 overs, trail by 72 runs at the end of day one.