As many as 13 wickets fell on the opening day of the ongoing first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia in Galle, with spinners completely dominating the proceedings. Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson shone for the visitors, picking up eight wickets between them as Sri Lanka’s top-order crumbled.
Lyon picked up a brilliant five-wicket haul as the hosts were bundled out for 212. The right-arm spinner gave away 90 runs in 25 overs, including two maidens. Swepson also supported his fellow spinner, taking three scalps for 55 in 13 overs.
For the Islanders, Niroshan Dickwella was the only batter who could stand tall in front of the Aussie bowling attack. Dickwella scored 58 off 59 deliveries. Angelo Mathews (39) and captain Dimuth Karunaratne (28) played some handy knocks.
At Stumps, Australia were 98/3 with Usman Khawaja leading the charge with 47 not out, as the tourists are trailing by 114 runs. Ramesh Mendis picked up a couple of wickets for 35 in 11 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 29, 2022
Most five-wicket hauls by visiting bowlers on first day of a Test in Asian soil:
3 – Nathan Lyon 🇦🇺
2 – Andy Roberts🏝️
No spinner apart from Lyon did it more than once.#SLvAUS
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) June 29, 2022
— Cricket Australia (@CricketAus) June 29, 2022
Nathan Lyon led the Australia attack with a five-for 💪
— ICC (@ICC) June 29, 2022
Five wickets for Nathan Lyon 👏
— 7Cricket (@7Cricket) June 29, 2022
Patty worked hard for that wicket 👏
Pitch is slow and low 🐢
Bowled straight then wider/quicker/bouncy delivery to get Nissanka caught on cease playing away from body🎯#SLvAus pic.twitter.com/EDSshzvGhU
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) June 29, 2022
9th five-wicket haul for Nathan Lyon in Asia in Test cricket, one of the best from Australia in longer format. pic.twitter.com/SDZUKCk6oh
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) June 29, 2022
Most career Test wickets:
9. Dale Steyn – 439
10. Kapil Dev – 434
11. Rangana Herath – 433
12. Sir Richard Hadlee – 431
13. Nathan Lyon – 429👈
14. Shaun Pollock – 421#SLvAUS
— 🏏Flashscore Cricket Commentators (@FlashCric) June 29, 2022
Most wickets for Australia in away Tests:
— Cricket Updates (@TheCricPerson) June 29, 2022
There is no other country in world cricket that has the ability to waste a review like Australia does. Doesn’t matter the captain or the format. #SLvAus
— Jarrod Carey (@jbutcher9) June 29, 2022
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