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Sri Lanka Top-order Collapse against Australia in 1st Test in Pallekele

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Sri Lanka Top-order Collapse against Australia in 1st Test in Pallekele

July 26
11:50 2016

slNew Delhi, Tuesday, July 26 – Steven Smith will lead Australian side on their tour of Sri Lanka for ODIs, Tests and T20 Internationals. Three Test matches will be played between the two nations. The first one is to start in a while at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele. All arrangements to host it successfully from July 26 to July 30 have been done. Galle International Stadium in Galle and Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo are the venues to host second and third Test matches from August 4 to August 8 and August 13 to August 17, respectively.

Australia and Sri Lanka will contest in five One Day International matches as well, serving great entertainment to the cricket fans, who wish to catch each bit of the action between heavyweights at different time intervals. Australia’s stint in Sri Lanka is to last approximately for one and a half months. As far as venues for 50-50 over matches are concerned then the first two ODIs are to take place at R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday, August 21 and Wednesday, August 24. Third and fourth ODIs will be held at Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium in Dambulla on Sunday, August 28 and Wednesday, August 31. The final one is scheduled to take place at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele on Sunday, September 4.

The dates have been picked in a manner that the battle between bat and ball can be watched by scores of people. More to the point, Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele and R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo are to host the 2-match T20 series on Tuesday, September 6 on Friday, September 9. Cricket lovers across the planet and fans of Australia and Sri Lanka cricket team have geared up to watch the matches between these two cricket playing countries and not ready to miss the action. Smith being the young man housing the strength to play in a manner that keeps his team on track, Australia think of staying positive throughout the series. From whom Australia expect to do well are David Warner, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jackson Bird, Josh Hazlewood, Moises Henriques, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Adam Voges, Mitchell Starc, and Joe Burns.

To cut a long story short, expectations are up from the entire team that flew for Sri Lanka. The home side is to be captained by Angelo Mathews. He would certainly want his squad, which has Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lakshan Sandakan, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Roshen Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Vishwa Fernando, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Asitha Fernando and Rangana Herath, to excel in all departments of cricket and not let opponents shine in any way. This will help Sri Lanka overlook humiliating defeats during the tour of England that begun from May 19 and ended on July 5. Being travellers, they did not taste success in any of the matches scheduled at different grounds of England. As a matter of fact, they strove for victory on the English soil this year and failed to send England cricketers on the back foot. In view of the fact that England gave all their best to outshine in the tournament, Sri Lanka had no chance of bouncing back.

The moment they defeated Ireland 2-0 in the ODI series held from June 16 to June 18, it appeared as if they got some confidence back as this was necessary to contest against England once again. Nonetheless, Sri Lanka dream to return home with winner trophies in three formats did not turn true. Post being winless in English conditions, focus of Mathews’ men will be to do better now and grow more with each passing game. They would certainly dislike losing in the home as similar to any other team. But Sri Lanka will have to pour more than one hundred percent to be victorious.

Updates from 1st Test – The first Test began a few minutes ago. Those in Sri Lanka Playing XI are Kaushal Silva, Kusal Mendis, wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Nuwan Pradeep and Lakshan Sandakan. The players to sit on bench are Roshen Silva, Vishwa Fernando, Asitha Fernando and Suranga Lakmal. At the same time, Shaun Marsh, Jackson Bird, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Moises Henriques are the players in extra from Australian team. Those selected to perform in the opening Test are David Warner, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Steve O’Keefe, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja and Steven Smith.

The host won the toss and decided to bat first. They have lost three wickets, giving a clear idea that it may be a good toss to lose for Australia. The opener Dimuth Karunaratne was the first to lose his wicket being lbw by Starc when playing at a score of 5 off 12 balls. Second wicket fell in the next over in the form of Kusal Mendis, who also got his leg before wicket when Hazlewood was delivering his spell. Mendis showed some hope by hitting a couple of four but was out early perhaps misjudging the longest format of cricket as ODI or 20-20 games. Losing two wickets on 15 runs put Sri Lanka under pressure. The opening batsman Kaushal Silva was trying to take his time and settle on the crease but Hazlewood bowled in a length that showed him the way back to the dressing room soon. He could only score 4 runs off 25 balls. Now, Sri Lanka hope Dinesh Chandimal and Angelo Mathews to stay strong on the pitch and take their time to get set. The wicket-keeper is batting at a score of 5 off 13 deliveries (4 x 1) and the captain at a score of 15 off 22 balls (4 x 2).

The team has scored 33 runs for the loss of three wickets in 13 overs. Hazlewood has got a couple of wickets already, while Starc got one. Smith is likely to introduce other bowlers after a certain span of time to make sure there remains variation in Australian bowling. Support for the host is bigger as compared to the visiting squad. This might be helpful for Sri Lanka but they got to perform, making best use of experience learnt recently. If same mistakes are made, thinking of a rise will next to impossible, especially when Australia are the opponents. Here is to mention that the ongoing match is the real test of Sri Lanka. If they rise from this situation, Australian cricketers may feel the heat. The way Australian players have marked an impression in the first few hours of the play, it shows they have come with great skills to confidently face the rivals. Playing safe can’t be an option for Mathews- led side. He and his teammates have the talent to do unbelievable things. Batting collapse has emerged as a big problem as of now and some good innings are required at this point of time. Sri Lankan fans are keenly looking forward to a few good partnerships that will help the squad gain some ground.


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