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There was little for Australia to celebrate on the fourth day of their first Test match against Sri Lanka in Kandy and substitute Moises Henriques’ superb catch to end Sri Lanka’s innings was one of those few moments.
Sri Lanka’s last pair’s partnership was becoming frustrating for the visitors as they were collecting very valuable runs . They had already added 30 runs for the last wicket and the visitors needed a special moment to end that cameo and Henriques provided that.
Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood bowled a fuller delivery outside off which was moving away but it did not stop Sri Lankan batsman Rangana Herath, who was batting at 35, from driving it in the cover region. The left-handed batsman timed the ball beautifully but failed to keep it down. The ball looked destined four a boundary only to see Henriques, standing at covers, to pull off a stunner. The allrounder dived to his left, stretched out his left hand, which is his wrong hand as well,feet off the ground and then took a screamer. What makes the catch even more special is the fact that the ball was already past Henriques.
The catch ended Sri Lanka’s innings on 353, with the hosts lead extended to 267 runs. Chasing the tricky target, Australia have made a shaking start and were 83 for 3 by the end of fourth day’s play. The visitors still need 185 runs on the final day to clinch a memorable win. The good news for the team from down under is that their batsmen Steve Smith and Adam Voges are still at the crease. With the final day pitch expected to assist the spinners, the fans can expect a thrilling day of cricket.