Australia vs Sri Lanka Sydney Test, Day 2: As it happened...
Zeenews Sports Bureau
Sydney: Australia ended Day 2 at Australia 342/6 in the 1st innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 294. They were leading by 48 runs with 4 wickets remaining. Wicket-keeper Matthew Wade was unbeaten on 47 while Peter Siddle was on 16 when stumps were drawn for the day.
Australia have taken the lead in the first innings. Australia reached 295/5 in 77.1 overs when Mathew Wade pushed Herath for a single on the off side. Australia would now look to stretch their lead as far as possible.
Soon after reaching his fifty, Michael Clarke uncharacteristically threw his wicket away. Clarke tried to sweep one from left-arm spinner Rangana Herath but got the top edge which was taken by Karunaratne at mid-wicket. Clarke’s 75-ball 50 was consisted of 5 fours and a six. Australia were 271/5. They were still 23 runs behind with five wickets remaining.
Australian captain Michael Clarke’s brilliant form continues as he completed yet another fifty in Tests when he pushed it wide of cover off Lakmal for a single. Clarke needed 73 balls to reach the milestone with the help of 5 fours and a six. Australia were 271/4 in their first innings in reply to Sri Lanka’s 294 all out.
Mike Hussey, playing his last Test match, was run out for 25 when Karunaratne made a direct hit to the striker’s end. If Australia don’t need to bat in this Test again, it will be his final innings in Test cricket. It would have been a sad end to his brilliant Test career! Australia are 251/4, still 43 runs behind Sri Lanka’s first innings with 6 wickets remaining.
After Warner, Phillip Hughes also missed out on a well deserving ton as he was removed by Rangana Herath for 87. Hughes’ 143-ball knock was consisted of 9 fours. Australia were 195/3.
David Warner was looking all set to complete a hundred but a sudden rush of blood saw him throwing his wicket away to part-time off-spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan. Warner made a quickfire 85 off only 84 balls which was laced with 10 scorching boundaries. Australia were 166/2.
Australia made a solid start to their first innings. After losing opener Ed Cowan (4) early through run-out, David Warner and Phillip Hughes steadied the Australian ship and took the team to 127/1 at lunch. Both the batsmen dominated the Sri Lankan bowling and completed their half-centuries in style.
Warner played a typical attacking knock and raced to his fifty off just 37 balls with the help of 8 fours. Hughes reached his half-century off 85 balls with 6 hits to the fence.
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