Australia vs Sri Lanka SCG Test: cricket live scores, updates (Day 2)

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    Australia v Sri Lanka


    3rd Test - AUS v SLA

    Sri Lanka 1st Inn 294 All Out
    Australia 1st Inn 9/432
    Sri Lanka 2nd Inn 278 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 5/141
    Australia won the toss and elected to bowl
    Australia won by 5 wickets
    Australia Over:42.5  RR:3.29
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    MEK Hussey 27 42 2 0 64.29
    MG Johnson* 1 7 0 0 14.29
    Sri Lanka
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    HMRKB Herath* 16.5 0 47 3 2.79
    TM Dilshan 18.0 2 57 1 3.17
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    Last Wicket: Wade, 9 (BWD:Herath)
    Current Partnership: 9 runs, 24 balls, RR:37.50

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    Lahiru Thirimanne’s near century pulled Sri Lanka out of trouble but Jackson Bird claimed four to bowl the visitors out on the first day of the Sydney Test match.

    We’ll bring you the live scores of the action throughout this game, with the second day starting at 10.30 am AEST on January 4.

    It was a much better performance with the bat from Sri Lanka than their Boxing Day showing but on a reasonably placid Sydney track, they would rue that they only got to 294.

    Thirimanne, in only his eighth Test match, showed maturity beyond his average of 19.84 and was ably supported by captain Mahela Jayawardene.

    But both of them fell when they had a century for the taking and the rest of the batsmen displayed an abhorrence to sticking to the wicket, Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 34 being the highest score otherwise.

    Michael Clarke’s decision to field first on a drier than usual SCG pitch evoked surprise but with five bowlers at his disposal he was able to rotate them around without the recent worry of fitness issues. Jackson Bird, in only his second Test, was a standout and looked the real deal.

    Bird had both openers, one caught top-edging a pull and another nicking it to the ‘keeper, before returning in a later spell to run through the lower-order. Mitchell Starc grabbed three more and the waywardness of Mitchell Johnson wasn’t felt too much.

    Going into the second day, Sri Lanka will hope for a better show from their bowlers, after having conceded two scores of more than 450 in the series already. A sub-300 score, however, may not be the best buffer for their rejigged bowling, requiring them to dig deep into their resources.

    Rangana Herath has continued to impress cricketing pundits throughout the series but how their second-string attack consisting of Suranga Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep go will go a long way deciding the result.

    Early wickets could put some pressure on a shortened Australian batting line-up but given the recent form that they have shown with the bat, it is difficult visualise such an eventuality.

    We will bring you the live score throughout the game from the SCG and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

    Geoff Lemon is a writer, editor and broadcaster covering sport for The Roar, The Guardian and ABC, as well as writing on politics, literature and history for a range of outlets.

    He tweets from @GeoffLemonSport.

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    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 6:00pm | ! Report

      aaaaaand… STUMPS

      The Australian lower order doing well – 35 runs in this partnership, after Johnson and Wade put on 36. Wade has held things together well and scored briskly, and will resume tomorrow on 47. Siddle has 16.

      So, Australia’s day, but Sri Lanka have tried hard, and have had their successes as well. Initially it looked like Australia would dominate, despite losing Cowan early to a silly run-out. Warner and Hughes were motoring along at a great rate and the pitch looked very friendly.

      But both those batsmen contrived to get themselves out within sight of a century, Michael Clarke made a very smooth 50 and got himself out as well, and before that he also ran out Mike Hussey. Hussey was applauded to the centre via an honour guard provided by the Sri Lankans, which was a wonderful scene, but he was out for 25 on a short single.

      Herath battled manfully, bowling 22 overs to take 2/69. Dilshan and Pradeep took a wicket, but Sri Lanka’s bowlers aside from Herath were not able to make any real impact. Sri Lanka’s endeavour in the field though was excellent, effecting two run outs and sticking to their task despite the difficulties. It paid off as they started reeling the Aussies in.

      So it’s evenly poised – the Aussie lead is 48, so if the lower order can get that above 100, Australia will be odds on to win. But if the Lankans can take care of Siddle, Starc, Lyon and Bird for less than 100, they could bat well enough in their second dig to set a challenging target.

      This pitch is starting to turn a little, it will be turning a lot more by the fourth innings, and Herath is a last-innings specialist. Could be exciting times ahead!

      A big thanks from me for the excellent conversations that have taken place today on the comment boards, it’s been a lot of fun having you all involved.

      Join me again from the start of play tomorrow morning, and let’s do it all again. Now for one of Atawhai Drive’s cold beers.

      • 6:02pm
        The 12th Man said | 6:02pm | ! Report

        I’d have that as Australia in front, prob need another 40 or so to be confident given Herath bowling on the last day will be dangerous

      • Roar Rookie

        Hazey the Bear said | 6:03pm | ! Report

        Australia in front…just. Wade and co just need to eek out a bigger lead somehow – patience, determination, freakish luck, whatever. The Aussies don’t want to be chasing a total on day five.

        Thanks for the entertaining day, gents – Will see you tomorrow…probably for the afternoon session and beyond.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:59pm | ! Report

      Well, given Siddle has outscored Johnson, does he cop a promotion for the second innings?

      • 6:03pm
        Red Kev said | 6:03pm | ! Report

        Johnson should cop a demotion out the side, so effectively, yes.

      • Roar Guru

        The Bush said | 6:14pm | ! Report

        At least a bat next to his name on the team sheet 😉

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:59pm | ! Report


      Nicely nudged away by Siddle, a late cut for one.


      Siddle has 16, he’s going pretty well.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:58pm | ! Report


      Dilshan back and that’s a ripper delivery first up – turned a mile and beat the left-handed keeper by a margin.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:56pm | ! Report



      Classic tailend shot! Siddle top-edges the hook from Lakmal and it flies over the keeper for four.

      6/340. This lead is getting handy.

    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:48pm | ! Report



      Great shot from Wade! Square drive, was a man out there but it was too well struck. He now has 44, and is handling his promotion well. Had plenty of luck early, but is making the most of it.

      Lakmal bowled a maiden to Siddle before this over from Pradeep.


    • Columnist

      Geoff Lemon said | 5:40pm | ! Report



      Nice shot from Wade, off his toes, driving Pradeep through midwicket. A couple of 3s in the over as well, this is expensive. 11 from the over.


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