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Twitter Reactions: Travis Head and Labuschagne help Australia gain decisive advantage over Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka will need a miracle to make a comeback in this game now.

Travis Head
Travis Head. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Australia continued to tighten the grip on the second day of the opening Test against Sri Lanka at The Gabba. Marnus Labuschagne and Travis Head were the heroes for the home side as half-centuries from the duo helped them take a huge lead of 179 runs in the first innings. The visitors, on the other hand, got off to a poor start again in their second essay as they lost Dimuth Karunaratne on the last ball of the day.

They ended the day on 17/1 after six overs thanks to Pat Cummins who has been relentless with the ball this summer. Sri Lanka now need a miracle to get out of the hole they’ve dug for themselves and the match might get over on the third day itself if the first innings collapse happens again.

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Labuschagne and Head shine for Australia

Earlier in the day, Sri Lanka got off to a dream start. Marcus Harris threw away yet another start in the very first over. Soon the nightwatchman Nathan Lyon was also sent back. Four down early, the tourists sensed a comeback. But Head and Labuschagne stitched a 166-run partnership for the fifth wicket to bat the opposition out of the game. Both of them got to their half-centuries and looked good to notch up their maiden tons.

However, Suranga Lakmal had other ideas. He led the Lankan comeback by nipping out Head first and then got the Aussie skipper Tim Paine off the very next ball. In the meantime, Dilruwan Perera picked Labuschagne to keep the Australian batsmen away from the three-figure mark. Head scored 84 while Labuschagne got out for 81 as the hosts still wait for a century this summer.

From 272/5, they were bundled out for 323 even as Lakmal registered a brilliant five-wicket haul. But the damage had been already done with 179-run lead. Sri Lanka will need to remind their second innings heroics in New Zealand and someone has to bat like Angelo Mathews now. They have talent in their line-up but is very inconsistent and Australia will love to skittle them out as early as possible.

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