COLOMBO (Reuters) – Australia misplaced each their openers on Friday en path to 99-2 at lunch on the opening day of the second test towards a revamped Sri Lanka in Galle.
Marnus Labuschagne, batting on 42, may have been again in the pavilion too however for a missed stumping alternative.
Steve Smith was batting on the different finish on 13.
Electing to bat, Australia misplaced David Warner (5) cheaply after the opener had his off-stump pegged again by an angling Kasun Rajitha supply.
Usman Khawaja mixed with Labuschagne in a 55-run stand to assist Australia overcome the early loss.
Khawaja had his moments of discomfort towards Ramesh Mendis and the off-spinner ultimately dismissed the left-hander for 37 with a supply that spun previous the opener’s bat to hit the off-stump.
Labuschagne swept with confidence however practically threw away his wicket when he charged out to Mendis solely to overlook the ball.
Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella couldn’t gather the ball permitting Labuschagne, then on 28, to scamper again.
Sri Lanka have been compelled into making 4 modifications to the squad after 5 COVID-19 instances in their camp, together with a trio of gamers who featured in their 10-wicket defeat in the opener.
Prabath Jayasuriya, Kamindu Mendis and Maheesh Theekshana made their test debut as an alternative.
Angelo Mathews, who was withdrawn after the primary innings in the collection opener after testing constructive for COVID-19, returned to strengthen Sri Lanka’s bid for a series-levelling victory.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)