Kurtis Patterson opened his Test account with runs on the board off the bat.
His partner, Travis Head continues to lead on 75* as Australia 5-262 & leads by 118 runs.
Suranga Lakmal fired back to split this partnership when he dismissed Head on 84.
Lakmal bowled very straight with some spice to make the batsman play which proved correct.
Head couldn’t execute the flick shot well when he began to lose its shape as the ball tagged his knee roll.
The next ball, he got rid of the skipper in Tim Paine for a first ball duck as Australia 7-267.
The bowler continued to make the ball click when he bowled very straight to scare off Paine at high speed.
Paine couldn’t believe it when he hesitated by shaking his head as well as letting his bat edge towards Kusal Mendis at 2nd slip.
Dushmantha Chameera claimed Australia’s 7th wicket loss when he got rid of Pat Cummins via a 20 ball duck.
Nice length of foundation to begin with before swinging in straight at high speed to make Cummins edge off the stumps.
Cummins had to take his eyes off the ball as well as not reacting fast as Niroshan Dickwella took the catch.
Kurtis Patterson continued to bat and made back to back boundaries through being flexible in the crease.
With both cross-bat shots in play, Patterson rotated the strike nicely as he presented the full face of the bat.
It’s how Patterson stayed for extended periods thanks to his excellent use of keeping the head still.
Australia lead by 158 runs as they passed the 300 run mark with 40 minutes to go of play for the night.
Suranga Lakmal achieved his 5fer for the third time in his career where he dismissed debutant Patterson via LBW on 30.
Lakmal bowled with a great foundation to plant that length in the middle before it went straight to tag Patterson’s front knee roll.
Patterson tried to review it, but the Umpire still gives him out as it matched the stumps.
Perera ended the 2nd Innings play when Jhye Richardson whacked too thick before it scooped towards Dimuth Karunaratne at cover.
Final 2nd Innings score: Australia 323 & leads by 179 runs.
Dimuth Karunaratne & Lahiru Thirimanne fired off slow and steady in the middle.
They initially stayed on for the six overs required to finish off the 2nd Day of the 1st Test.
But on the final ball of Day 2, Pat Cummins struck gold when he dismissed Karunathe for three.
Karunathe didn’t retain the head still and letting it edge not knowing where the ball went which carried to Tim Paine’s gloves.
Pat Cummins did a great job as long as the ball swings from an excellent foundation in the middle before making the batsman play from the off-stump.