With the help of the bowlers on day 2, hosts Sri Lanka made a fight back in the 1st Test against Australia at Pallekele. Coming to bat on the overnight score 66/2, Australia comfortably crossed the Sri Lanka’s first innings total 117 runs but were bundled out for 203 runs with 86 runs lead.
Trailing by 86 runs, Sri Lanka made 6/1 before rain washed out the remaining day’s play.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 117 (Dhananjaya de Silva 24, Kusal Perera 20, Nathan Lyon 3/12) & 6/1 (Kusal Perera 4, Kaushal Silva 2*, Mitchell Starc 1/3)
Australia – 203 (Adam Voges 47, Mitchell Marsh 31, Rangana Herath 4/49)
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 2 of 1st Test:
- Sri Lankan debutant left-arm chinaman bowler Lakshan Sandakan bowled very well on the day. At the end of Australia’s 1st innings, Sandakan finished with the figure of 21.2-3-58-4, which is best bowling figures by a chinaman bowler on his Test debut innings. The previous record was 4/64 (against South Africa) by former Australian chinaman bowler Chuck Fleetwood-Smith in 1935.
- Sandakan’s 4/58 bowling figure was the 3rd best bowling figure by a Sri Lankan bowler on his debutant Test innings. Also, Sandakan’s this bowling figure was the 4th best innings bowling figure by a Sri Lankan bowler on his debutant Test match.
- In Australia’s 1st innings of this match, Sri Lankan spinners took total 8 wickets (Rangana Herath 4/49 and Lakshan Sandakan 4/58). It was the 4th time in Test history that Sri Lankan spinners dismissed minimum 8 Australian batsmen in a Test innings. Out of these 4 times, Sri Lankan spinners twice dismissed 9 Australian batsmen in a Test innings while Sri Lankan spinners never took all 10 Australian wickets in a Test innings.
- On the day 2, Australia bowled out at 203 runs. In Asia, it was Australia’s second highest completed total in a Test innings without a half-century. In Asia, Australia’s highest completed total in a Test innings without a half-century was 228 runs (3rd innings) against India at Bangalore (now Bengaluru) in 2004.
- At the end of the 1st innings clash between Sri Lanka and Australia, Australia earned 86 runs lead. It was Australia’s second lowest 1st innings lead (exclude trail) on the Sri Lankan soil. Australia’s lowest 1st innings lead on the Sri Lankan soil was 63 runs against Sri Lanka at Moratuwa in 1992.