Australia produced a first-rate performance with the bat and ball to beat Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the opening game of the series at The Gabba, Brisbane. The day-night game saw outstanding performance from pace bowler Pat Cummins, who picked up 10 wickets to see Australia register a comfortable win and take 1-0 lead in the two-match series.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka looked completely out of shorts in their batting as they were dismissed for 144 and 139 runs respectively. Pat Cummins was standout bowler for Australia in the second innings and picked up six wickets to see Australia win the game inside three days.
Debutant Jhye Richardson was excellent with his new ball performance in this game. He took five wickets in the game and clearly looked ready for the rigors of red-ball cricket. It is certainly a good situation as injured Josh Hazlewood struggled during the four-match Test series played against India earlier this season.
The Islanders clearly were behind the game and never looked to put up a fight as they produced an abject display with the bat. Pacer Pat Cummins ran through the top-order in his probing new-ball for Australia.
Wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella was the only batsman, who showed some form with the bat. He scored 64 and 32 in the opening game of the series in Brisbane. Experienced players like Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis and Dimuth Karunaratne had a poor game with the bat as Sri Lanka were dismissed for paltry scores in the game.
Pace bowler Pat Cummins picked up his maiden ten wicket-haul to see Australia beat Sri Lanka in the first day-night Test played at The Gabba, Brisbane
Earlier this game, Australia included Joe Burns, Jhye Richardson, Kurtis Patterson in their playing XI. Burns could not do much with the bat and perished for just 15 runs. Opener Marcus Harris played well and scored 44 runs off 88 balls with the help of six fours. The team management will be concerned as Usman Khuwaja once again failed to produce a good score in this game.
Travis Head played exceedingly well and came to the crease at a crucial stage when Australia slumped to 82 for 4 after 28.2 overs. He put on 166-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne to lead fightback for Australia in the game.
Labuschagne also showed good temperament and composure to score 81 runs off 150 balls with the help of three fours. Head was by far Australia’s best player in the batting lineup and scored 84 runs off 187 balls with the help of ten fours. Debutant Kurtis Patterson came in at no.7 and played with positive intent. He scored 30 off 82 balls with the help of three fours. Mitchell Starc’s late blitz made sure Australia post 323 runs in their first innings and take a big lead of 179 runs going into Sri Lanka’s second innings.
For Sri Lanka, Medium-pacer Suranga Lakmal was standout bowler with five wickets to his name. Dushmantha Chameera also bowled well for Sri Lanka in this game.
The second and final game of the series will be played at Manuka Oval, Canberra from Friday.