Heavy winds disrupt the first test between Sri Lanka and Australia, leaving a glass panel in tatters.
Australia vs. Sri Lanka: On Thursday, the Galle International Stadium was decimated by persistent rain and strong winds.
The second day of the current first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia was delayed on Thursday due to persistent rain and strong winds leaving a trail of destruction at the Galle International Stadium. The wind caused an enclosure in the stadium to collapse, and a glass panel cracked and fell to the ground. Fortunately, nobody inside the stadium was wounded, according to sources. The start of the game has been postponed for more than two hours due to rain.
Situation now at Galle #SLvsAUS pic.twitter.com/4NBbulUEQn
— Anjana Kaluarachchi (@Anjana_CT) June 30, 2022
Another video posted to Twitter shows Galle ground crew fumbling with the covers.
Herculean efforts here from Galle groundstaff to get this cover down #SLvAUS pic.twitter.com/4wIjFiMVdg
— Louis Cameron (@LouisDBCameron) June 30, 2022
On Wednesday, Dimuth Karunaratne, the captain of Sri Lanka, won the toss and decided to bat.
However, the first day was dominated by the Australian bowlers, led by Nathan Lyon’s 20th Test five-wicket haul.
As Sri Lanka was bowled out for 212, leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson also claimed two wickets, while pacemen Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc both claimed one.
The lone gain for the hosts from their first innings was Niroshan Dickwella’s easy 58.
Then, after a promising start with the bat for Australia, Ramesh Mendis managed to dismiss David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne for scores of 25 and 13, respectively.
After a terrible mix-up with Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith was then ejected from the game.
So Usman Khawaja and Travis Head were at the wicket at Stumps as Australia reached 98/3 at the end of Day 1.
Australia’s trip in Sri Lanka will come to an end with the two-match Test series.
Australia had triumphed in the T20I series by a score of 2-1, while Sri Lanka had won the ODI series by a score of 3-2.
Since 1992, Sri Lanka have not defeated Australia at home in an ODI series.
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