Monday, February 6, 2023

Sri Lanka extend lead after Mendis falls for 176

Sri Lanka extend lead after Mendis falls for 176
PALLEKELE - Kusal Mendis fell after a marathon 176 as Sri Lanka stretched their lead to 228 runs with three wickets in hand when rain forced an early lunch on day four of the first test against Australia on Friday. Sri Lanka were 314-7 at the interval with Dilruwan Perera (12) and Rangana Herath (17) in the middle when rain stopped play at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Persistent rain has already washed out the final sessions of the first two days of the test and allowed only 10 overs to be bowled after tea on Thursday. There was no respite on the penultimate day either, as steady drizzle delayed the start by an hour and allowed only 7.3 overs in the first session. Mendis, who scored his maiden test century in a match where no other batsman has managed a fifty, could add only seven runs to his overnight score before poking at a Mitchell Starc delivery to be caught behind. It was a tame end to the 21-year-old right-hander's 254-ball knock that included 21 boundaries and a six. Sri Lanka could have been in further trouble but Herath successfully reviewed a leg-before decision after he had been hit on the pad by a good length delivery from Josh Hazlewood that was shown in replays to have pitched outside his leg stump. Australia are without their hamstrung left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe, who hobbled off the ground on Thursday and is set to miss the rest of the three-test series.   SCOREBOARD
Sri Lanka 1st innings 117                                    
Australia 1st innings 203 (R. Herath 4-49, L. Sandakan 4-58) 
Sri Lanka 2nd innings    
K. Perera                     lbw b Starc                 4   
K. Silva                      lbw b O'Keefe               7   
D. Karunaratne                lbw b Starc                 0   
K. Mendis                     c Nevill b Starc            176 
A. Mathews                    c Burns b Lyon              9   
D. Chandimal                  lbw b M. Marsh              42  
D. de Silva                   c Khawaja b Lyon            36  
D. Perera                     not out                     12  
R. Herath                     not out                     17  
Extras                        (lb-11)                     11  
Total                         (for 7 wickets, 87.3 overs) 314 
Fall of wickets: 1-6 K. Perera,2-6 D. Karunaratne,3-45 K. Silva,4-86 A. Mathews,5-203 D. Chandimal,6-274 D. de Silva,7-290 K. Mendis
To bat: L. Sandakan, N. Pradeep
M. Starc                      16 - 4 - 62 - 3                 
J. Hazlewood                  16.3 - 3 - 54 - 0               
S. O'Keefe                    16.2 - 3 - 42 - 1               
N. Lyon                       26 - 2 - 98 - 2                 
D. Warner                     1 - 0 - 10 - 0                  
A. Voges                      1.4 - 0 - 3 - 0                 
M. Marsh                      9 - 1 - 33 - 1                  
S. Smith                      1 - 0 - 1 - 0                   
Umpire: Richard Kettleborough                                 
Umpire: Sundaram Ravi                                         
TV umpire: Chris Gaffaney                                     
Match referee: Chris Broad -Reuters