Twitter Reactions: Joe ‘Burns’ Sri Lanka as the latter’s ‘Head’ache deepens

Twitter Reactions: Joe ‘Burns’ Sri Lanka as the latter’s ‘Head’ache deepens

Burns and Head went on to compile a stand of 308 runs.

Joe Burns
Joe Burns. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

After their dominating performance at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia started the second Test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval in Canberra on a happy note as after the close of play on the first day, the hosts are 384 for four in 87 overs courtesy of twin centuries from Joe Burns and Travis Head. The Lankans had their moments to rejoice, but yet again they showed inconsistency.

Lanka start handsomely

The decision to bat first after winning the toss didn’t work out well for the hosts as they lost three wickets for only 28 runs. Left-arm seamer Vishwa Fernando nipped out Marcus Harris to strike first blood. In his very next over, the speedster accounted for the wicket of Usman Khawaja, who couldn’t open his account. Marnus Labuschage was dismissed by pacer Chamila Karunaratne.

Thereafter Joe Burns and Travis Head were required to drag their team out of the pits with the Lankans on top. The duo played until Lunch as the hosts went into the break with the score at 103/3 in 26 overs. The duo carried on in their merry way and played out the entire post-lunch session. In the meantime, Burns accomplished his century in 107 balls and Head remained not out on 91.

More agony for Lanka

Following the break, Head also brought up his ton in 155 balls. The Aussies kept piling on the Lankans agony and racked up 164 runs in 33 overs in the final session. Burns and Head went on to compile a stand of 308 runs to put Australia on the driver’s seat. Just when it was perceived that the Aussies won’t lose any more wicket on the day, Fernando trapped Head plumb in front of the stumps.

The left-handed Head ended his knock, having scored 161 runs from 204 balls with the help of 21 boundaries and an over-boundary. Burns, on the other hand, remained not out on 161 runs from 204 balls with 26 boundaries. Kurtis Patterson, playing his second Test, didn’t show signs of nervousness and scored a patient 48-ball 25 to end Australia’s day on a high.

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