A remarkable five-wicket haul for Nathan Lyon has put Australia in a
commanding position at the end of day two of their opening Test against
Lyon claimed 5-34 off 15 overs, including a wicket off
his first ball in Test cricket, as Sri Lanka crumbled to be all out for
105 in their first innings at Galle.
At stumps Australia were
6-115, a lead of 283, with Michael Clarke dismissed shortly before the
close of play following a well-made 60 off 80 deliveries.
Herath (3-51) was the man to get the Australian skipper out when he
top-edged a sweep for an easy catch to wicketkeeper Prasanna
Jayawardene, with Herath dismissing Michael Hussey (15) with the
The Sri Lankan left-arm off-spinner couldn’t complete a hat-trick but did remove Brad Haddin (0) in his following over.
But the day belonged to Lyon, as bowlers dominated to claim 16 wickets across the three sessions.
23-year-old off-spinner’s display was his first five-wicket haul in his
short career and is the best bowling performance on Test debut by an
Australian since Jason Krejza’s 8-215 in Nagpur in 2008.
debutant Trent Copeland began Australia’s bright day, dismissing Sri
Lanka skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan (4) with just his second ball in Test
But Lyon quickly went one better, becoming just the
second Australian since Arthur Coningham in 1894-95 to claim a wicket
with his first ball at this level.
The 23-year-old South
Australian off-spinner got a ball to turn sharply out of the rough to
key Sri Lanka batsman Kumar Sangakkara (10) and captain Michael Clarke
snared the edge off Sangakkara’s bat at slip low to his left.
morning was completed for the debutants when Copeland had a hand in the
run-out dismissal of key Sri Lanka batsman Mahela Jayawardene (11) when
Lyon was bowling.
Mitchell Johnson was unlucky not to get
amongst the wickets, trapping Tharanga Paranavitana first ball after
lunch but the Sri Lanka opener reviewed the decision and TV replays
revealed the delivery was a no-ball.
But that decision mattered
little as Shane Watson (3-11) ripped through Sri Lanka’s middle-order
with three wickets in short time, trapping Thilan Samaraweera (26),
Prasanna Jayawardene (0) and Tharanga Paranavitana (29) all LBW.
then returned to clean up the tail, ending the innings with an athletic
caught-and-bowled, as Sri Lanka lost their last seven wickets for just