Australia vs Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1: Cummins, Richardson give Australia the upper hand

Pat Cummins four wickets Australia Sri Lanka 1st Test Day 1 Brisbane cricket

Pat Cummins finished with figures of 4-39 off 14.4 overs

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Pat Cummins and debutant Jhye Richardson took seven wickets between them as Australia punished Sri Lanka on the opening day of the first Test in Brisbane.

Opting to bat first, Sri Lanka got off to a disappointing start as opener Lahiru Thirimanne was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at third slip off the bowling of Cummins for 12.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal only mustered five runs before he was caught by Joe Burns at second slip off the bowling of Richardson.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who opened the batting with Thirimanne, managed to make 24 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Kusal Mendis was the next to go as he was cleaned up by Richardson, who also took out Dhananjaya de Silva for five runs.

Things went from bad to worse for Sri Lanka as Roshen Silva was caught behind off the bowling of Cummins for nine runs, while Dilruwan Perera was forced to retire hurt after he was struck on the glove by a delivery in Cummins’ next over.

However, Sri Lanka’s collapse didn’t end there as Suranga Lakmal was caught by Labuschagne at third slip to give Mitchell Starc his 200th Test wicket.

Dilruwan returned after Lakmal was removed, but didn’t last long as he too was caught by Labuschagne at third slip off the bowling of Starc.

Sri Lanka wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was the only batsman to put up a fight as he struck a 78-ball 64, which included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by debutant Kurtis Patterson at midwicket off the bowling of Cummins.

Sri Lanka ended up being skittled out for 144 when Dushmantha Chameera was caught by Patterson at gully off the bowling of Cummins for a duck.

Cummins was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Richardson snapped up three, Starc took two and Lyon chipped in with one.

Trailing by 144 runs, Australia lost opener Joe Burns early on as he was brilliantly caught by Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Lakmal for 15.

Usman Khawaja failed to have an impact with the bat as he was clean bowled by Dilruwan for 11 runs right near the end of the day.

Marcus Harris and Lyon, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, didn’t add any runs to their partnership, but managed to keep Sri Lanka at bay until stumps was called.

Harris finished on 40, which came off 82 balls and included five boundaries, while Lyon has yet to get off the mark.

Lakmal and Dilruwan claimed one wicket each.

Australia ended day one on 72/2 and will continue batting on Friday at 13:00 local time or 03:00 GMT.

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