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Twitter Reactions: Dominant Australia all over Sri Lanka at The Gabba

Australia ended the day at 72/2 after bundling Sri Lanka out for 144.

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Aussie pacers. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

It seemed like the old Australian team was back playing at The Gabba. The pace bowling trio of Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins was all over Sri Lanka on the first day of the opening Test. Despite winning the toss, the visitors couldn’t take advantage of batting first and have instead left with chasing the leather now for the rest of the game.

The new opening pair of Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne started cautiously for Sri Lanka against the new Pink ball. But Pat Cummins’ introduction in the attack made the difference as he was in the business straight away. He nipped out the former to cut short his comeback knock and the procession started. The ball moved in the air a lot and the dismal run of the skipper Dinesh Chandimal continued.

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Only Niroshan Dickwella, with counter-attacking innings, made amends and helped his team go past the 100-run mark. His 64 runs helped the tourists post 144 runs before getting bowled out in the first innings. Cummins, the new co-vice captain, ended with four wickets while the debutant Richardson picked three wickets and made his parents, present in the stands, proud.

Harris stands tall

In response, Australia stuttered once again a bit which was expected. The pink ball swings a lot under the lights and the Sri Lankan bowlers once again couldn’t make the most of it. The lines were too short and Marcus Harris batted beautifully. He remained unbeaten on 40 until the close of play as the home side ended on 72/2 after 25 overs.

Having said that, their batting issues look far from resolved still. Joe Burns, making a comeback, didn’t look comfortable at all in the crease and after copping a few blows was sent back by Suranga Lakmal. Dilruwan Perera scalped Usman Khawaja’s wicket for the fourth time in Tests to cut short his struggling stint for 11 runs.

The night-watchman Nathan Lyon was dropped in the final over of the day and the last half hour was nicely controlled by the Lankans. The first session should be filled with wickets for them at any costs if the visitors are hoping to make any sorts of a comeback in the game.

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