Australia dismisses Sri Lanka for 212 in first Test in first Test in Galle . Usman Khawaja scores 47 not out, while Travis Head is on six at end of day one .
COLOMBO: Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 212 but had to deal with a top-order wobble before clinging to 98-3 in response to a tense, spin-dominated day one of the first Tests in Galle on Wednesday.Usman Khawaja rode his luck to an unbeaten 47, while Travis Head was on six at the end, with Australia currently 114 behind in what promises to be a low-scoring conTest.Until two avoidable dismissals in the final session, the tourists may have been in a better position.David Warner realized the futility of lingering and scoring at a run-a-ball rate on a pitch where spinners dictated terms from the first session.Marnus Labuschagne was out for 13 after a terrible reverse-sweep shot to the only fielder on the vast off-side, and Steve Smith was out for six after a collision with Khawaja.Khawaja used a scoring review to reverse a lbw decision against him and also took a missed stumping opportunity as he increased his score.Niroshan Dickwella, a tenacious 58, rescued Sri Lanka who had been on 97-5 in the second session.After choosing to bat, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne (28) and Pathum Nissanka (23) gave the hosts a good start. When Kusal Mendis nicked Mitchell Starc, Australia captain Pat Cummins dismissed Nissanka and Alex Carey took the second of his four catches behind the stumps.Warner took a dive at the gully to bring back Karunaratne before Swepson twisted the knife, combining drift and turn.The leg-spinner fired identical loopy leg-breaks to keep Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal off successive deliveries, but Dickwella denied him a hat-trick.Angelo Mathews made 39 before slipping into Lyons leg-slip trap, but Dickwella decided that violence was the best defence. When he bent forward to scoop a Cummins delivery over his own and the wicketkeepers turned for a boundary, his Dilscoop, a shot named after compatriot Tillakaratne Dilshan, became even more impressive.After the tea break, Lyon wrapped things up nicely, dismissing Ramesh Mendis and Dickwella in successive overs.The off-spinner scored his 20th test five-for on debut in Galle, eleven years after taking his first Test five-for-two debut in Galle, at the same venue as Khawaja took a stunning catch at wide mid-on.