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Lakmal takes five but Head, Labuschagne keep Sri Lanka at bay 


Marnus Labuschagne 


DM-16-208By Pathum Sri Wijeratne reporting from Brisbane 

Suranga Lakmal bagged a five-wicket haul but Australia are in full command in the first of the two match Test series against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane, Australia. 

Sri Lanka had a blistering start to the second day when Lakmal and Lahiru Kumara combined to dismissed the two overnight batsmen Marcus Haris and Nathan Lyon in quick succession to leave Australia at 82 for four.
However, the Australian middle order duo of Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne put up a sensational partnership of 166 for the fifth wicket taking the game away from the Sri Lankans.

Head who has had some success against Sri Lanka in the shorter format contributed with a fine half century scoring  84 runs in a very responsible innings which included 10 fours.

Labuschagne chipped in with 81 runs in a fine innings scoring just three boundaries. It was a very well complied innings as he absorbed the pressure especially in the first session before finding it easy to rotate the strike.

Kurtis Patterson who was brought into the Australian side after his heroics in the warm-up game got a start but pretty much ran out of partners towards the end of their innings before being dismissed by Lakmal.
Fast bowler Mitchell Starc smacked the Sri Lanka’s bowlers in a late cameo scoring 26 runs in less than a run a ball which also included four boundaries and a six.

Lakmal though made best use of the conditions bagging another five-wicket haul adding four more wickets on the second day.

Kumara though bowling exceptionally in the morning session had little luck as he was only able to pick up one wicket while Dushmantha Chameera and Dilruwan Perera claimed two wickets each putting an end to the Australian innings after they made 323 and earned a huge lead.

Sri Lanka appeared to have dealt with a tricky six-over period towards the end of day but their best batsman Dimuth Karunaratne was unfortunately dismissed in the last ball of the day off the bowling of Pat Cummins to leave them 17 for one, trailing by 162  runs.