Sri Lanka skittled for 174 in second test

PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka, (Reuters) – Australia pace  bowlers took eight quick wickets to skittle out Sri Lanka for  174 runs on day one of the second test in Kandy yesterday, as the home team struggled against fast bowling from the start of  the innings.

The tourists were 60 for no loss in 17.4 overs at the end of  the first day with Shane Watson on 36 and Phillip Hughes at 23  as play was halted 15 minutes early due to bad light.

Ryan Harris

Earlier, Australian fast bowler Ryan Harris captured three  wickets, while Trend Copeland and Mitchell Johnson took two  apiece as they bowled out Sri Lanka in 64.1 overs.

Angelo Mathews resisted the Australian bowlers to hit his  fourth test half-century before being dismissed for 58, which  included three sixes and six boundaries in 111 balls.

He was caught behind off Johnson as Mathews single-handedly  tried to lift the score without much support from the other end.

Before tea, part-time medium-fast bowler Michael Hussey  dismissed Kumar Sangakkara for 48 runs to break the sixth-wicket  partnership which had helped Sri Lanka to recover from 76 for  five in the first session.

Resuming after lunch, Sangakkara and Mathews added 52 runs  before Hussey struck with his third ball of the only over he has  bowled in the test.

Hussey, who also produced an excellent catch to dismiss  Mahela Jayawardene when the total was at 14, told reporters: “I  was pretty lucky today that the two probably key wickets were in  my hands.

“It’s a fantastic test match for the bowlers. They are very  clear in their minds on what they are trying to do,” Hussey  added. “But we have to really bat well tomorrow and bat a long  time…set the challenge of one or two batsmen going on getting  big hundreds.”

Opening bowler Harris removed Tharanga Paranavitana for no  score in the third over as the opener prodded an edge to wicket  keeper Brad Haddin, leaving Sri Lanka on 2-1.

Then Copeland, who claimed Tillakaratne Dilshan as his first  career wicket in the debut Galle test, dismissed the Sri Lankan  captain again, forcing him to misjudge the ball which hit the  top of the off stump.

Dilshan scored only four runs and his dismissal left Sri  Lanka defensive at 10 for two wickets.

“They really bowled well at the start,” Dilshan said. “This  is a good wicket and you can’t get out for just 174 when you  play with seven batsmen. We have a problem in out middle order  and top order. We may change the batting line up in the second  innings.

“This is the third time we have got out cheaply. We tried to  survive in the first 10-15 overs as we knew the ball was going  to move. But unfortunately we lost three wickets in the first 10  overs.”

Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera led a Sri Lankan recovery  in the first session, adding 43 runs for the fourth wicket, but    Samaraweera fell for 17, caught by Haddin off Harris in the  24th over when the Sri Lanka total was only 57.

Sri Lanka had won the toss and elected to bat first as  left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh and spinner Seekuge Prasanna  made their debuts for Australia and the home team respectively.

Australia won the first test in Galle by 125 runs and lead  the three-match series 1-0.


Sri Lanka first innings:     
T. Paranavitana c Haddin b Harris               0
T. Dilshan b Copeland                                         4
K. Sangakkara c Hughes b Hussey               48
M. Jayawardene c Hussey b Copeland        4
T. Samaraweera c Haddin b Harris             17
P. Jayawardene c Harris b Lyon                 18
A. Mathews c Haddin b Johnson                 58
S. Randiv c & b Lyon                                           4
S. Prasanna b Harris                                            5
S. Lakmal not out                                                 7
C. Welagedara c Copeland b Johnson          2
Extras (b 2 lb 4 nb 1)                                         7
Total (all out; 64.1 overs)                           174  
Fall of wickets: 1-2 2-10 3-14 4-57 5-76 6-128 7-133 8-150  9-166
Bowling: R. Harris 16-7-38-3, T. Copeland 12-5-24-2, S.  Watson 10-5-17-0, M. Johnson 15.1-1-48-2 (1nb), N. Lyon  10-2-41-2, M. Hussey 1-1-0-1

Australia first innings 
S. Watson not out                                      36
P. Hughes not out                                     23
Extras (nb 1)                                                  1
Total (no wicket; 17.4 overs)              60   
Bowling (to date): C. Welagedara 5-0-27-0, S. Lakmal  2-0-10-0, (1nb), S. Prasanna 6.4-1-18-0, T. Dilshan 2-1-1-0, S.  Randiv 2-0-4-0
Still to bat: S. Marsh, M. Clarke, M. Hussey, U. Khawaja, B.  Haddin, M. Johnson, R. Harris, T. Copeland, N. Lyon
(Reporting by Shihar Aneez; Editing by Toby Davis)

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