Sri Lanka🇱🇰 are firmly in 💪control of the Test match at the end of just the 2⃣nd day at Galle. Chasing a mammoth total of 413 in the 4⃣th innings, the Aussies were 25/3 at stumps😱.
The spin duo of Rangana Herath💫 & Dilruwan Perera wrecked👊 the Australian batting order in the 1st innings, with the former becoming the 2nd Sri Lankan bowler to bag a Test hattrick🎉. Overnight batsmen, Usman Khawaja & Steve Smith were castled😖 by Herath & Dilruwan respectively before the veteran left-armer sent Voges, Nevill & Starc back to the pavilion of consecutive deliveries👏. The visitors slumped😳 to their lowest total(106) against Sri Lanka and conceded a first innings lead of 175.
In the 2nd innings, the Australian new ball bowlers removed the openers early. However, a clever counter attack from the likes of Mathews⭐, Perera, Dhanajaya de Silva kept the scoreboard ticking at quite a rate⏱. The bowlers chipped away at the wickets before Perera's vital half century😃 pushed the lead past 400. ⚡Starc's fiery spell at the end ensured that the Lankan tail didn't wag as he finished with the best figures by an Australian bowler(6/50)👏 in the island nation.
Australia had 6⃣ overs of spin😫 to face in the fading light🌆 and ended up losing 3⃣wickets. Herath had Burns caught at covers in the 1⃣st over while Perera dismissed nightwatchman Lyon & Khawaja. Captain Smith⭐ and Warner are at the crease.
Sri Lanka are on course for a memorable series win🎊 against the no.1 ranked team in the world🌎.
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