Head and Labuschagne put Australia in command

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25 Jan 2019, 17:06 IST
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Australia batsmen Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne

Travis Head and Marnus Labuschagne made their highest Take a look at scores whereas Pat Cummins struck with the final ball on day two to place Australia on the right track for victory over Sri Lanka on the Gabba. 

A fifth-wicket stand of 166 between Head – who made 84 after being dropped on 29 – and Labuschagne (81) put Australia firmly on high earlier than Suranga Lakmal claimed a 3rd five-wicket Take a look at haul in an eventful closing session. 

Lakmal completed with 5-75 as Australia misplaced their six wickets for 75 runs to put up 323 all out in reply to Sri Lanka’s meagre 144 in Brisbane. 

The vacationers – with out Lahiru Kumara for a protracted spell within the area as a consequence of harm – had been in serious trouble on 17-1 at stumps – nonetheless trailing by 162 – after Cummins eliminated Dimuth Karunaratne below the lights.

Sri Lanka had been in want of early wickets when Australia resumed on 72-2 they usually picked up two in fast time, Marcus Harris (44) slicing Kumara to Lahiru Thirimanne at level earlier than Lakmal eliminated nightwatchman Nathan Lyon.

Head and Labuschagne consolidated, nonetheless, discovering the gaps and rotating the strike nicely, and Australia moved into the lead when the previous stylishly eased Lakmal by means of midwicket.

But their stand ought to have ended within the first over after the break when Head nicked Lakmal behind, however wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was unable to hold on with one hand.

Head moved to 50 courtesy of a mistake within the area and the assured Labuschagne raised his bat for the primary time at Take a look at degree, each gamers prospering throughout their century partnership.

They continued to tick alongside in stubborn vogue till Labuschagne threw his wicket away, providing a easy probability to Thirimanne at quick mid on making an attempt to hit Dhananjaya de Silva excessive.

Australia ended the second session in a sturdy place on 249-5 and Head moved into the 80s with an aesthetic back-foot drive when Lakmal bought his line barely flawed, however Sri Lanka’s spearhead made an influence with the second new ball in his subsequent over.

The paceman bought one to form again in and lure Head lbw and then noticed off Tim Paine along with his subsequent supply, Kusal Mendis diving ahead to take a advantageous catch.

Kumara was absent as a consequence of a mix of again and hamstring troubles, however Dushmantha Chameera got here again following a brief spell off the sector to get Cummins caught behind for a 21-ball duck.

Debutant Kurtis Patterson – who made two a whole lot for a Cricket Australia XI in opposition to Sri Lanka final week – regarded assured on the crease in reaching 30 till he turned Lakmal’s fifth sufferer.

Mitchell Starc smashed a speedy unbeaten 26 earlier than Cummins had the ultimate say, conjuring up a peach of a supply to get Karunaratne caught behind and go away the house workforce heading into Australia Day scenting an emphatic victory. 

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