Continued rain and high winds left traces of damage at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday, delaying the start of Day 2 of the ongoing first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. A wall inside the stadium was blown over by the wind, and a glass panel shattered to the ground. Thankfully, no one was injured in the stadium, according to reports. The rain delayed the start of the race by more than two hours.
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In another video shared on Twitter, the ground crew in Galle can be seen fighting the cover.
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Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the match on Wednesday and opted to bat.
However, it was the Australian bowler who dominated the first day, with Nathan Lyon registering his 20th Test five-wicket.
Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson also took two wickets, while walkers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc shared one each as Sri Lanka were knocked out 212.
Niroshan Dickwella’s easy 58 was the hosts’ only positive gain from the first inning.
Australia started before Ramesh Mendis scored 25 and 13 wickets for David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne respectively Hit the ball hard.
Steve Smith was eliminated after a horrific confusion with Usman Khawaja.
Australia finished Day 1 at 98/3 with Usman Khawaja and Travis Head at the crease at Stumps.
The two Test series will conclude Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.
Australia won 2-1 in the T20I series while Sri Lanka won 3-2 in the ODI series.
It was Sri Lanka’s first home ODI series win over Australia since 1992.
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