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Australia take charge of Second Test

2nd February 2019, 12:43 by Craig Smithson

Australia reduced Sri Lanka to 123-3 in response to their first innings of 534-5 declared on day two of the second Test match.

Joe Burns and Travis Head had already ended the Baggy Greens' four-month wait for a Test century at Canberra on Friday before Kurtis Patterson got in the act to secure a maiden ton on day two, smashing 14 fours and a six to reach 114.

Burns' wicket went with him on 180 while it was Tim Paine unbeaten on 45 alongside Patterson when the declaration came just after lunch.

Sri Lanka's opening pair of Chamika Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne held off Australia's attack for 30 overs, adding 82, before Karunaratne retired hurt on 46 after being caught on the back of the neck by Pat Cummins.

That sparked a late surge of wickets as Thirimanne edged off-spinner Nathan Lyon to slip on 41 before Cummins' removed of Kusal Mendis on six with a fine delivery. Mitchell Starc then got captain Dinesh Chandimal out for 15.

Kusal Perera was not out on 11 and Dhananjaya de Silva on one at stumps, so Sri Lanka will resume on Sunday still 411 short of Australia's first innings total.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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