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Aussies take command as wickets fall

cricket Updated: Sep 02, 2011 02:25 IST

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Unheralded Australian debutant Nathan Lyon took a stunning 5-34, including a wicket with his first ball, as Sri Lanka's batsmen capitulated in the dramatic first Test in Galle today. Sixteen wickets fell on the dusty, deteriorating track during an eventful second day's play which ended with the tourists enjoying a commanding lead of 283 runs with four wickets in hand.

Seamer Shane Watson claimed three wickets in 10 balls and another newcomer Trent Copeland struck in his first over as Australia, restricted to 273 on the first day, skittled Sri Lanka out for 105 by tea.

Coming in for their second innings the Australians also found runs hard to come by, collapsing to 115-6 when bad light forced stumps to be drawn.

The tourists lost Watson first ball and former captain Ricky Ponting for four, before skipper Michael Clarke (60) and Michael Hussey (15) put on 49 for the fourth wicket. Left-arm spinner Rangana Herath spiced up the contest further when he removed both batsmen in two balls and dismissed Brad Haddin in his next over as Australia slipped from 110-3 to 112-6.

Brief scores: Australia 273 (M. Hussey 95; S. Lakmal 3-55, R. Herath 3-54) and 115-6 (M. Clarke 60; R. Herath 3-51) v Sri Lanka 105 (N. Lyon 5-34, S. Watson 3-11)