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Australia 98-3 at stumps on Day 1 of 1st test vs. Sri Lanka

June 29, 2022 GMT
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the day one of their first test cricket match with Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the day one of their first test cricket match with Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the day one of their first test cricket match with Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the day one of their first test cricket match with Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne plays a shot during the day one of their first test cricket match with Australia in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, June 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Nathan Lyon took his 20th five-wicket haul to bowl Sri Lanka out for 212 before Australia reached 98-3 at stumps Wednesday on the opening day of the first cricket test.

Sri Lankan off spinner Ramesh Mendis dismissed David Warner (25) lbw and had Marnus Labuschagne (13) caught by Asitha Fernando in Australia’s innings to finish the day on 2-35.

Steven Smith was run out for 6 after a mix-up with Usman Khawaja, who refused to run after calling Smith for a single. Khawaja was batting on 47 with Travis Head 6 not out.

Earlier, Lyon returned bowling figures of 5-90 and leg spinner Mitchell Swepson had 3-55 to help Australia bowl Sri Lanka out to a modest score.

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On Wednesday, Lyon went past former New Zealand great Richard Hadlee’s wicket tally of 431 to position himself 12th on the list of highest test wicket takers.

“I am not really sure where I stand on that list (it’s) something I don’t really look at,” Lyon said. “The top end of the wicket takers across world cricket has some amazing names. To be overtaking a few guys on whatever number it’s very special.”

Niroshan Dickwella top-scored for Sri Lanka with 58, his 21st test half-century. He added 42 runs for the sixth wicket with Angelo Mathews (39) after Sri Lanka lost five wickets for 97 runs, and 54 runs for the seventh wicket with Mendis (22).

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“We always about talked the importance of trying to knock over the tail as quickly as we can. Look at the way Dickwella played . . . he put the pressure back on us in that middle session,” Lyon said.

Sri Lanka coach Chris Silverwood said his team should have posted a bigger score after choosing to bat first.

“We would have liked to have put more runs on the board,” Silverwood said. “Again we have lost wickets after breaks which is certainly something to work on, It happened in Bangladesh too.”

Lyon trapped Mendis lbw with just two runs added to to the tea-time score to end his partnership with Dickwella.

Dickwella edged Lyon to wicketkeeper Alex Carey and had Lasith Embuldeniya (6) as his fifth wicket.

Earlier, he dismissed Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Angelo Mathews (39), both caught by David Warner.

Australia’s second spinner Mitchell Swepson took two consecutive wickets in the 37th over with identical deliveries. The leg spinner got the first delivery of the over drifting toward right-handed Dananjaya de Silva’s leg stump and the bouncing ball took a fine outside edge for a catch to wicketkeeper Carey.

De Silva made 14.

Dinesh Chandimal was dismissed first ball when the ball turned, bounced and rebounded to Warner at second slip from wicketkeeper Carey’s glove.

Captain Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka opened the batting for Sri Lanka and scored 38 runs for the first wicket.

Fast bowler Pat Cummins forced an edge off Nissanka (23) with a rising delivery to wicketkeeper Carey and four runs later Starc had No. 3 batsman Kusal Mendis (3) driving far from his body for an edge to Carey.

The series is being played for the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, named after the two top bowlers in test history with 1,508 combined wickets. This is the first series for the trophy after Australian great Shane Warne died in March from a heart attack while vacationing in Thailand.

A brief remembrance was held for Warne before the match.

The Australian leg spinner — who took 708 test wickets behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800 — took his 500th test wicket at this ground in 2004 and helped rebuild the stadium after it was destroyed by the Asian tsunami later that year.

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