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WATCH: Storm in Galle takes out makeshift stand and glass panels during Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test

Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon had a great day one performance as he picked up his 20th fifer in Test cricket on Day 1.

Abhishek Sandikar Author

Updated - 30 June 2022 6:05 pm

The second day of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka got to an unforeseen start because of the huge rains that led to the delay. The rains also had an undesired impact as they took out one of the makeshift stands at Galle’s stadium as the entire structure crumbled. On the other side of the ground, a glass panel collapsed in front of the Australian team’s dugout. Thankfully, reports say no players, ground staff or spectators were harmed.

On the opening day of the Test match, Sri Lanka’s posted a score of 212 in the first innings, thanks to crucial knocks by Niroshan Dickwella, who scored 58 runs in 59 balls with six fours and Angelo Mathews who put 39 runs in 71 balls with three fours. But the star of the first innings was Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon who picked up his 20th fifer in Test cricket while giving away 90 runs in 25 overs.

I see this game as even, there’s still a lot of work to do: Lyon

While addressing his performance, Lyon said, “We always talk of the importance of trying to knock over the tails as quick as we can and you look at the way Dickwella played, he played an incredible inning, he put the pressure right back on us as bowlers. I was really proud of the way we came back after tea and stuck to our plans and we were able to get the late rewards and knock them over. Saying that, I see this game as even, there’s still a lot of work to do.”


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