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1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in Brisbane

first_img Reuters BrisbaneJanuary 24, 2019UPDATED: January 24, 2019 18:14 IST Australia vs Sri Lanka: Mitchell Starc claimed his 200th Test wicket (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins and debutant Jhye Richardson starred as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 144Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64Australia were 72-2 at stumps on day one with Marcus Harris and Nathan Lyon at the creaseBrief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 144 in just over two sessions before their new-look batting order reached 72 for two to put the hosts in a commanding position on day one of the series opening day-night test at the Gabba on Thursday.Mitchell Starc also claimed his 200th test wicket to add to a satisfying day for the Australians who came into the two-match series on the back of a 2-1 series loss to India.Marcus Harris was 40 not out at close with nightwatchman Nathan Lyon yet to score with Australia trailing by only 72 runs at a venue where they have not lost a test in 30 years.Pat Cummins was the pick of the Australian bowlers claiming 4-39 while Jhye Richardson (3-26) made an impressive debut as Australia rolled Sri Lanka in 56.4 overs after touring captain Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to bat.”The way the guys performed as a collective today, credit to them,” Richardson said.”Credit to Patty (Cummins), credit to Starcy (Starc) who bowled really aggressively, you can’t fault anything they’ve done.”They were a big help for me.”Only Niroshan Dickwella offered stubborn resistance for Sri Lanka scoring an enterprising 64 with six boundaries and a six.Classic! With Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble, Niroshan Dickwella pulled out this spectacular shot!#AUSvSL | @MastercardAU pic.twitter.com/FM3dfY4Zjocricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019advertisementIN THE SWINGCummins and Richardson set the early tone, striking in successive overs to remove Lahiru Thirimanne (12) and Chandimal (five) in the first hour before Lyon claimed Dimuth Karunaratne (24) to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 56-3 at tea.After the break, Richardson produced a near unplayable delivery to bowl Kusal Mendis for 14 and then had Dhananjaya de Silva caught behind for five to leave Sri Lanka reeling at 66-5.”To see the ball swing that’s a big key for me,” Richardson, 22, said.”If the ball is swinging I’m instantly more confident in what I’m doing and to get that first wicket it releases a lot of emotion.”Roshen Silva (nine) lasted 56 deliveries before he edged Cummins to wicketkeeper Tim Paine.In Cummins’ next over, Dilruwan Perera received a nasty blow to his right thumb from a rising ball and was forced off the field.Sri Lanka eventually reached 100 in the 46th over, before Suranga Lakmal was caught by Marnus Labuschagne at slip giving Starc his landmark 200th test wicket.Starc is the 17th Australian to achieve the feat.Enjoy a look back at Mitchell Starc’s milestone wickets from his Test career so far… A few at the Gabba! #AUSvSL pic.twitter.com/44tdPDFmkycricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 24, 2019Perera (one) returned to the field but survived only minutes before becoming Starc’s (2-41) second victim, offering another catch to Labuschagne.Cummins dismissed Dickwella and Chameera in the same over shortly after the dinner break, leaving Australia’s new opening pair of Joe Burns and Harris with 25 overs to bat in tricky conditions under lights.Burns made 15 in his return to the test team before edging to slip off Lakmal (1-27) and Usman Khawaja (11) fell just minutes before close when he played on to his stumps from Perera to give Sri Lanka a much-needed boost ahead of day two.”We need to dry up the runs,” said Karunaratne. “Otherwise if they score freely it’s really tough for us.”If we can get a couple of early wickets and if Dilruwan (Perera) can bowl really well, I think we’re in the game.”Also Read | BBCI lifts Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul suspension, Koffee with Karan controversy continuesAlso Read | Umesh Yadav’s 7-wicket haul puts Vidarbha on top vs KeralaAlso Read | Manish Pandey stars as Karnataka fight vs Saurashtra on Day 1Also Read | Watched a bit of the men’s ODI and decided to keep things simple: Smriti MandhanaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australia vs Sri LankaFollow 1st TestFollow Day-night TestFollow Brisbane 1st Test: Bowlers put Australia in control vs Sri Lanka in BrisbaneAustralia made it to stumps on day one of the series opening day-night Test on 72-2 after dismissing Sir Lanka 144. Brief scores: Australia (72/2 in 25 overs) at stumps, trail Sri Lanka (144-all out) by 72 runs. Marcus Harris (40*), Dilruwan Perera (1/4), Suranga Lakmal (1/27)advertisementlast_img read more

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We are working with authorities on increasing vigilance Richardson

first_imgBirmingham: ICC Chief Executive David Richardson said that the global body is working with the authorities to ensure that there are no further untoward incident like the clash between Afghanistan and Pakistan fans during a World Cup match in Leeds on Saturday. Two persons were evicted from the stadium after fans of both countries clashed outside the stadium, requiring intervention from the Yorkshire Police. This was after an aircraft flew over the Headingly Stadium with a “Free Balochistan” banner. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together Balochistan is the largest province in Pakistan in terms of land area and it borders to the north of Afghanistan. Richardson said that ICC is in process of upping the security and ensure no such political slogans are raised at the ground. “We are working with various security teams to beef up the security. Obviously, it is very difficult to get hold of every person present at the ground. But our security team would be looking for any person, who is trying to raise any political slogan or banner,” Richardson told mediapersons during a brief interaction. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open Meanwhile, ICC has asked the curators not to produce belters. The tracks on offer in the ongoing World Cup have not exactly been batting belters and that’s exactly what the curators were told before the start of the tournament, said Richardson. English pitches over the years have been traditionally batsmen-friendly with the World Cup hosts producing tall scores but the current edition has seen scores of 265-270 proving to be challenging for the batsmen. “We didn’t have any specific instruction for the curators. All that was told to them was to prepare firm even paced wickets,” Richardson said. “We didn’t want it to be exactly batting tracks and there should be something for the bowlers. Also a bit of turn on offer for spinners,” said the former Proteas wicketkeeper. That the wickets are not loaded in favour of batsmen was something that England captain Eoin Morgan and opener Jonny Bairstow acknowledged on various forums. Asked about the slowish tracks at Southampton and Manchester, where India’s batting line-up struggled, Richardson termed it more about weather conditions that led to wickets being a bit slow. In fact, India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said that he felt that the track at Manchester started deteriorating as he was batting. The Sunday’s match between India and England game has been billed as ‘One Day 4 Children’ as part of ICC’s tie-up with the UNICEF. Some of ICC’s sponsors like UBER and booking.com will be donating to the fund for each boundary scored and wickets taken respectively. The funds will be used for children’s education.last_img read more