Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 2: Patterson’s maiden century keeps Australia on top

Kurtis Patterson 114 not out Australia Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 2 Canberra cricket

Kurtis Patterson celebrates after scoring his maiden Test century

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Australia batsman Kurtis Patterson scored a career-best 114 not out to keep his side in complete control against Sri Lanka on the second day in Canberra.

Starting off the day on 384/4, Australia lost Joe Burns early on as he was clean bowled by Kasun Rajitha for a career-best 180, which came off 260 balls and included 27 boundaries.

Patterson and Tim Paine made up for the loss of Burns with an unbeaten 130-run partnership, during which Patterson brought up his hundred, before Australia declared on 534/5.

Patterson ended up making 114, which came off 192 deliveries and included 14 boundaries and a six, while Paine remained unbeaten on 45, which came off 114 balls and included three boundaries.

Vishwa Fernando was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Rajitha and debutant Chamika Karunaratne chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Trailing by 534 runs, Sri Lanka got off to an excellent start as openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne amassed an 82-run partnership before Karunaratne, who made 46, was struck on the back of the neck by a 142kph delivery from Pat Cummins and had to be stretchered off the field.

Thirimanne went on to score 41 before he was caught by Usman Khawaja at slip off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Kusal Mendis fell shortly after as he was clean bowled by Cummins for six runs.

Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal didn’t last long at the crease either as he was caught behind off the bowling of Mitchell Starc for 15.

Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva ensured Sri Lanka didn’t lose anymore wickets as they forged an unbeaten three-run partnership before stumps was called.

Kusal finished on 11, which came off 30 balls and included two boundaries, while De Silva remained undefeated on one.

Cummins, Starc and Lyon claimed one wicket each.

Sri Lanka ended day two on 123/3 and will continue batting on Sunday at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (the previous day).

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