The Aussie batter Steve Smith was at his cheeky best against Sri Lanka as he appreciated the spinner Prabath Jayasuriya after getting beaten in his defence on a delivery from the left-arm spinner. Australia and Sri Lanka are currently locked in a battle in the 2nd Test at the Galle International Stadium, Galle. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first.
Batting first, Australia posted a decent total of 364 courtesy of centuries from Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith. The former skipper held one end while wickets kept falling around him. He returned unbeaten after the end of the first day following a magnificent hundred.
Steve Smith applauds the Sri Lankan spinner Prabath Jayasuriya for an unplayable delivery
The left-handed spinner made his debut against the Aussies and was bowling the 77th over of the innings. He bowled a flighted delivery outside the off-stump that pitched and turned away sharply to go past the edge of Steve Smith who came forward to defend it. Soon after the batter was beaten, he showed a big thumbs up to the bowler to applaud his bowling.
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Steve Smith 😂 pic.twitter.com/2bMqe1TdHT
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Meanwhile, Australia were cleaned up quickly by the home side on the 2nd day. The visitors lost their last 5 wickets of 35 runs, while Smith remained unbeaten for 145 on the other end. At the same time, the debutant Prabath Jayasuriya finished with 6 wickets in his account.
In reply, Sri Lanka did well with the bat as the skipper Dimuth Karunaratne led from the front. He added 152 runs for the 2nd wicket alongside Kusal Mendis before getting out for 86 runs. At the same time, Kusal Mendis is still batting at a score of 84.
At the close of day two’s play, Sri Lanka are 184/2 and only trailing Australia by 180 runs.