Sri Lanka vs Australia: Veteran Nathan Lyon derails Sri Lanka to 212 as visitors Australia on top after Day 1

Lyon picked up his 20th five-wicket haul in Tests.

Nathan Lyon in the first Test against Sri Lanka
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Nathan Lyon in the first Test against Sri Lanka (Photo Source: Twitter)
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The visitors Australia completely dominated the Day 1 of the first Test match being played between Sri Lanka and Australia at the Galle International Stadium, Galle on June 29 (Wednesday). Veteran spinner Nathan Lyon was the star for the visitors as he grabbed a five-wicket haul and completely bamboozled the home team’s batting line-up.

Sri Lanka after winning the toss decided to have a bat first. The home team openers including Pathum Nissanka (23 runs) and Skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (28 runs) gave a decent start to the team but Australia skipper Pat Cummins provided the first breakthrough for his side as he found the edge of Nissanka’s bat which was safely pouched by the wicket-keeper Alex Carey.

Hero of the ODI series, batter Kusal Mendis looked edgy during his stay at the crease and his misery was finally ended by ace pacer Mitchell Starc. Mendis could only manage to score three runs in 15 balls. After the fall of Mendis, veteran batter Angelo Mathews joined the skipper as they both went on to take Sri Lanka’s total past the 70-run mark.

Lyon and Mitchell Swepson shared eight wickets between them

With Mathews and Karunaratne looking comfortable at the crease, Lyon scalped the prized wicket of the captain with the team score reading 74/3. After the fall of Karunaratne, the spin duo of Lyon and Swepson completely took apart the Sri Lanka batting line-up. While Lyon the wickets of Mathews (39 runs), Niroshan Dickwella (58 runs), Ramesh Mendis (22 runs), and Lasith Embuldeniya (6 runs), Swepson also took some crucial wickets of Dhananjaya de Silva (14 runs), Dinesh Chandimal (0 runs), and Jeffrey Vandersay (6 runs).

In reply, Australia openers Usman Khawaja and David Warner (25 runs) gave a decent start to the team. But Sri Lanka has also shipped away with some vital wickets of Warner, Steve Smith (six runs), and Marnus Labuschagne (13 runs). Khawaja is still at the crease after reaching 47 runs, Travis Head (6*) will accompany him at the start of Day 2 with Australia being 98/3 after the end of Day 1.

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