SL vs AUS: Pat Cummins’ massive six lands on street outside Galle Stadium
Pat Cummins took spinner Vandersay to cleaners in the opening Test.
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The second day of the first Test match between Sri Lanka and Australia ended with the visitors being in a commanding position. The Kangaroos have gained a vital lead of 101 runs and they still have two wickets in their bank. Skipper Pat Cummins is still unbeaten on his personal score of 26 runs and would like to extend his tally.
The Australian captain grabbed the limelight by hitting a huge six on Day 2 of the contest. Sri Lankan spinner Jeffrey Vandersay was bowling the 69th over of the innings and Pat Cummins took him to the cleaners with two clean maximums and a boundary, with the six off the final ball landing on the road outside the stadium.
— ༒𝐵𝑒𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑆𝒉𝑜𝑎𝑖𝑏 ✭✰(𝑲𝒌𝒓 𝑳𝒐𝒗𝒆𝒓 💜) (@drewmaccynt2) June 30, 2022
Team Australia in commanding position after Day 2
Despite winning the toss and batting first, the host Sri Lanka could not manage to grab the opportunity of putting early pressure on the visitors. The home side put up a disappointing batting performance with only wicketkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella stroking an excellent fifty. The rest of the Sri Lankan batting line-up failed to score big runs despite getting good starts. As a result, the home team was bundled out for just 212 with veteran spinner Nathan Lyon grabbing a five-wicket haul.
Australia started well in their first innings with batter Usman Khawaja holding one end. The home team continued to take wickets at regular intervals, but the Australian batters kept their composure and played small but vital knocks. With skipper Cummins and Lyon at the crease, the visitors will at least look to extend their lead to 150+ runs.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will look to wrap up Australia’s first innings as soon as possible and then they will have to bat exceptionally well to make a comeback in the game. Senior players like Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal and Kusal Mendis will want to score big for the home side and ensure that their team responds strongly to Australia’s first innings total.