2018-19 Domain Tests: Australia v Sri Lanka 1st Test, Third Session Review of Day 1 at The Gabba in Brisbane

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Niroshan Dickwella picked up his 50 himself who’s able to lift Sri Lanka bit on their thin bare batting.

Dickwella looked very creative with his shot selection as long as the head doesn’t lose its shape.

Plus most of his runs looked more from the full presentation of the bat as Dickwella seems to survive.

It took a while for Australia to break this partnership before dismissed Dickwella on 65.

Cummins made this short ball click towards the off-stump as Dickwella pulled it early.

Despite using the open bat face, mainly Dickwella’s head went sideways, and no footwork used to provide maximum bat power.

It’s how the ball went up high towards Kurtis Patterson at deep mid-wicket who kept it with both hands.

And Cummins ended Sri Lanka’s 1st Innings spell when he dismissed Dushmantha Chameera on a 20 ball duck.

Again, another short ball this time targeting the stumps with some spice.

Chameera backed away and pulled straight up high to the hands of Kurtis Patterson.

Final 1st Innings Score: Sri Lanka 144

Australia gets to bat with Marcus Harris opening alongside the returning Joe Burns.

Burns fired off well with the check drive towards the rope for four as he didn’t need to panic.

All he had to do is keep the head focused on perfecting the placement on using the open bat face.

But Suranga Lakmal captured him on 15 as Australia lose their first wicket for 37.

Lakmal produced a good length in the middle before it swung straight towards the off stump.

Burns lost the balance from his back foot having to lunge for the edge and take his eyes off the ball.

Unfortunately, Burns’ time in the middle became short-lived where Kusal Mendis took an unbelievable dive at 2nd slip.

Harris continued to bat patiently as the aggressor while Usman Khawaja fired off slow and steady as Australia reach past 50.

Sri Lanka soon added Australia’s 2nd wicket loss when Dilruwan Perera got rid of Khawaja on 11.

Khawaja, unfortunately, cut too hard and not letting his brain focus on executing that shot past the fielder.

D. Perera bowled a brilliant ball when he turned a ball bit in-line towards the stumps as the straight revs helped enter through the gate.

Stumps Day 1: Australia 2-72 & Trails by 72 runs.

Yes, Sri Lanka’s batting may still have problems to fix such as struggling to maintain their shape.

The head position and the way they defend doesn’t flow having let the bat edge rather than whack it with the open bat face.

However, the bowling has done okay this time.

They know how to attack the stumps with a change of pace and variation by keeping it simple and straight.

It’s the strategy that helped S. Lakman & D.Perera pick up two wickets for Sri Lanka for the night.

On the other hand, Australia’s short ball play looks right when Cummins’s able to put his some fire under his belly.

That’s how he scared off two of the Sri Lankan tail to wrap up the 1st Innings score under 150.

So the bowling is in good hands for the home side.

Let’s look at the 2nd Innings, the batting from Marcus Harris went off well in continuing to play classically on 40*.

There’s no need to rush from the young 26-year old Opener having read the bowler well in using the feet as well as the open bat face to make this placement perfect which saw him score a couple of boundaries.

But the Queensland pair of Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns didn’t do well despite their vast knowledge of this pitch.

They cannot score runs without knowing where the ball went as taking the eyes off the ball.

Plus unfortunate timing by playing it not late made the Sri Lankan bowlers go easy on them.

So it’s one of the weaknesses Australia has identified as Nightwatchmen Nathan Lyon will continue to bat tomorrow on zero not out off eight balls.

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