Australia vs Sri Lanka Sydney Test, Day 2: As it happened...
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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.