2nd Test, Day 2: Karunaratne, Mendis lead Sri Lanka’s fight against Australia

Karunaratne and Mendis put on a 152-run stand for the second wicket for Sri Lanka, who were 184/2, leaving Australia behind by 180 runs at stumps on the second day.

Starting the second day at 298/5, Australia were in a commanding position but the Sri Lankan bowlers, especially debutant Prabhat Jayasuriya, had other plans. Wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, attempting an audacious reverse-sweep against Jayasuriya, was the first to be dismissed for 28.

Jayasuriya took his five-wicket haul, with Mitchell Starc taking a lead at first slip for 1. Captain Pat Cummins also couldn’t last long, as Kasun Rajita trapped him lbw for 5. Jayasuriya’s debut Test became even more memorable as he took his first wicket. Sixth by scaling Lyon to 5.

Sri Lanka’s heroic fight came to an end when Mitchell Swepson was dismissed for 3 against Mahesh Thikshana, Australia were bowled out for 364. Steve Smith was left stranded at the other end, unbeaten on 145.

In reply, Pathum Nissenka’s struggle against the pace continued as he was dismissed for 6 by Mitchell Starc, going for a tempting strike.

However, skipper Karunaratne and Mendis took a fine stand, with the Australian bowlers looking largely helpless against the pair’s patient approach. Both players completed their half-centuries as the Aussies looked desperate to break the stands.

With the day on its final leg and the total crossing 160, the visitors were now in dire need of a breakthrough and the solid stand between Karunaratne and Mendis was finally broken by Mitchell Swepson.

The Sri Lankan captain was beaten for speed by the leg-spinner and a plumb was trapped in front of the stumps. Karunaratne reviewed the call, but to no avail, played a fine innings of 86 runs. The wicket gave Australia some respite before the end of the game. Mendis and Angelo Mathews (6 not out) ensured that the hosts did not lose any more wickets.

Brief Scores: Australia 364 (Steve Smith 145 not out, Manus Labuschagne 104; Prabhat Jayasuriya 6-118, Kasun Rajita 2-70) put Sri Lanka 184/2 (Dimuth Karunaratne 86, Kusal Mendis 84 not out) by 180 runs.

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