Khawaja, Starc return to kind as Australia eye victory

Khawaja, Starc return to form as Australia eye victory
Khawaja, Starc return to form as Australia eye victory

CANBERRA: Usman Khawaja discovered his scoring contact and quick bowler Mitchell Starc returned to his fiery greatest as Australia moved close by of victory within the second Check in opposition to Sri Lanka on the Manuka Oval on Sunday.

After Australia, on target for a primary sequence win since beating England early final yr, set the vacationers an inconceivable 516 for victory openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne survived some nervy moments to take Sri Lanka to 17 earlier than unhealthy gentle ended the third day’s play.

Sri Lanka bowling coach Rumesh Ratnayake instructed reporters his aspect needed to take it ‘stage by stage, session by session’.

“The boys are conscious that they’ve to interrupt it down into parts and take it hourly and attempt to bat as constructive as they may,” he stated.

Starc picked up his 10th five-wicket haul, and his first since his 5-34 in opposition to South Africa in Durban final March, as Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 215 to take a first-innings lead of 319.

Australia, who gained the opening Check in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs, didn’t get off to a terrific begin of their second innings as they misplaced Marcus Harris, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne cheaply.

However Khawaja and first-innings centurion Travis Head mixed for a stand of 159 as Australia declared their second innings closed on 196-Three.

Captain Tim Paine referred to as the batsmen in after Khawaja accomplished his eighth Check hundred.

The left-hander loved the second, having scored just one fifty within the residence summer season. He remained unbeaten on 101 whereas Head made 59 not out.

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Earlier, Starc, who bought the wicket of Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal on day two, bowled with tempo and aggression to choose up the primary two to fall on Sunday, then returned after lunch to shine off the tail and end with figures of 5-54.

Kusal Perera didn’t return to bat for the touring aspect after being hit on his helmet by a supply from quick bowler Jhye Richardson. He retired damage on 29 however Ratnayake recommended he might return on Monday.

Karunaratne, who was taken to hospital on Saturday after being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer, returned to the crease after Perera’s departure and accomplished a gritty half-century earlier than edging Starc to Kurtis Patterson at gully to be out for 59.

Starc took 15 wickets in 5 Exams in the course of the India sequence and the opener in opposition to Sri Lanka however confronted heavy criticism for some wayward bowling that prompted requires Paine to take the brand new ball off his fingers.

“I’ve been working a good bit in the previous couple of weeks … I’m my greatest coach. I do know what works for me greatest,” Starc stated. “Wickets are an exquisite factor, they assist every thing else.”

The left-arm fast was again to his greatest on Sunday, testing batsmen with short-pitched deliveries, certainly one of which accounted for Dhananjaya de Silva, who misplaced his steadiness going for a pull shot and dislodged a bail along with his bat to be out for 25.

Starc dismissed Dilruwan Perera and Vishwa Fernando in his first over after lunch to finish his first five-wicket haul.

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AUSTRALIA (1st Innings) 534-5 declared (J.A. Burns 180, T.M. Head 161, Ok.R. Patterson 114 not out; M.V.T. Fernando Three-126).

SRI LANKA (1st innings, in a single day 123-Three):

F.D.M. Karunaratne c Patterson b Starc 59
H.D.R.L. Thirimanne c Khawaja b Lyon 41
L.D. Chandimal c Paine b Starc 15
B.Ok.G. Mendis b Cummins 6
M.D.Ok.J. Perera retired damage 29
D.M. de Silva hit wkt b Starc 25
N. Dickwella lbw b Labuschagne 25
C. Karunaratne c Starc b Lyon Zero
M.Ok.D. Perera c Paine b Starc 10
C.A.Ok. Rajitha not out Zero
M.V.T. Fernando b Starc Zero

EXTRAS (B-1, LB-Four) 5

TOTAL (all out, 68.Three overs) 215

FALL OF WKTS: 1-90, 2-101, Three-120, Four-180, 5-181, 6-182, 7-215, Eight-215, 9-215.

NOTE: F.D.M. Karunaratne (46) retired damage at 82-Zero and resumed at 157-Three; M.D.Ok.J. Perera retired damage at 157-Three.

BOWLING: Starc 13.Three-2-54-5; Richardson 15-Four-49-Zero; Cummins 14-Three-32-1; Lyon 24-6-70-2; Labuschagne 2-1-5-1.

AUSTRALIA (2nd Innings):

M.S. Harris c Mendis b Rajitha 14
J.A. Burns c Mendis b Fernando 9
U.T. Khawaja not out 101
M. Labuschagne c Dickwella b Rajitha Four
T.M. Head not out 59

EXTRAS (W-Three, NB-6) 9

TOTAL (for 3 wkts, 47 overs) 196

FALL OF WKTS: 1-16, 2-25, Three-37.

BOWLING: Fernando 11-1-43-1 (1w); Rajitha 13-2-64-2 (4nb, 2w); M.D.Ok. Perera 15-Three-52-Zero; C. Karunaratne Four-1-18-Zero (2nb); de Silva Four-Zero-19-Zero.

SRI LANKA (2nd Innings):

F.D.M. Karunaratne not out Eight
H.D.R.L. Thirimanne not out Eight


TOTAL (for no wkt, six overs) 17

BOWLING (to-date): Starc Three-1-6-Zero; Richardson 2-Zero-9-Zero; Lyon 1-Zero-1-Zero.

Printed in Daybreak, February 4th, 2019

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