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PHOTOS: Australia grab handy lead on rain-hit Day 2

Last updated on: July 27, 2016 17:30 IST

IMAGE: Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath, 2nd right, celebrates a wicket on Day 2 of the first Test against Australia in Pallekele, on Wednesday. Photograph: Cricket Australia/Twitter

Australia grabbed a handy 86-run lead in the first innings over Sri Lanka and dealt an early blow with the new ball before rain washed out the entire final session for the second consecutive day in the first Test at Pallekele on Wednesday.

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The hosts, bundled out for 117 in the first innings, lost opener Kusal Perera to fast bowler Mitchell Starc when rain forced an early tea and eventually the second day's play was called off.

Kaushal Silva was batting on two with Sri Lanka still 80 runs behind in the bowler-dominated first match of the three-Test series.

IMAGE: Australia captain Steve Smith is stumped by Dinesh Chandimal off Rangana Herath's bowling, on Day 2 of the first Test, in Pallekele, on Wednesday. Photograph: Cricket Australia/Twitter

Earlier, the local spin duo of veteran Rangana Herath (4-49) and debutant Lakshan Sandakan (4-58) shared eight wickets between them to keep Sri Lanka in the contest despite their capitulation in the first innings.

Resuming on 66-2, Australia lost both the overnight batsmen to Herath who quit limited-overs cricket in April to focus on the longest format of the game.

Australia skipper Steve Smith (30) threw his wicket away in the second over of the day, dancing down the track to try and slog the left-arm spinner only to miss the line and be stumped.

Herath returned to dismiss Usman Khawaja (26) in his next over, trapping him leg-before with a turning delivery.



IMAGE: Rain interrupts play on Day 2 of the first Test, in Pallekele, on Wednesday. Photograph: Cricket Australia/Twitter

Adam Voges (47) survived a vociferous leg-before appeal in the very first delivery he faced from Herath but went on to make the highest individual score so far in what appears to be a low-scoring match.

Mitchell Marsh (31) ran hard between wickets and helped himself to five boundaries before becoming left-arm Chinaman bowler Sandakan's maiden Test victim.

Paceman Nuwan Pradeep, who had dismissed Australia opener David Warner for a duck on Tuesday, claimed the crucial wicket of Voges.

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