Head hails ‘large’ Karunaratne wicket as Australia seize command



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25 Jan 2019, 21:58 IST
Pat Cummins and Australia have a good time the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne

Travis Head hailed Pat Cummins’ dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne with the final ball of day two as “large” after Australia took command of the primary Check in opposition to Sri Lanka.

Head was instrumental in serving to Australia construct an enormous lead within the day-night Check at The Gabba, top-scoring with 84 – his greatest effort within the five-day recreation – because the hosts have been bowled out for 323 in response to Sri Lanka’s meagre first-innings complete of 144.

The vacationers then placed on 17 earlier than Cummins, who took 4-39 within the first innings, tempted Karunaratne with an outswinger that the opener edged to Tim Paine to depart Sri Lanka with simply 9 wickets and nonetheless trailing by 162.

“Huge wicket,” Head mentioned. “Figuring out that we will get a end result there underneath lights, it is good to get them one down and good to interrupt the left-handers up.

“We get left and proper now and the way in which Jhye [Richardson] and Pat bowled in opposition to the right-handers yesterday, swinging the ball away, we will put them underneath strain within the morning.

“Hopefully the ball swings and Starcy [Mitchell Starc] will get us again up on the road and we get begin.”

A 166-run fifth-wicket partnership between Head and Marnus Labuschagne (81) was essential for Australia, who had been struggling on 82-4.

“It was essential for the staff,” Head added. “To place us in a fantastic place main into day three, main by 160 runs – it is incredible.

“It was satisfying batting on the market with Marny. He left the ball fantastically, he is aware of The Gabba very well and the way in which he performed was excellent.”

Suranga Lakmal was the primary vibrant spot for Sri Lanka as he posted figures of 5-75, and he’s optimistic they’ll flip the sport on its head.

“We’re nonetheless within the recreation and we have to bat so long as we will and take a lead and put some strain [on Australia] after tomorrow,” Lakmal mentioned.

“I treasure the Australian 5 [wickets] as a result of I all the time had a dream of reaching a five-wicket haul in Australia and it is a dream come true.”

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