Pallekele (Sri Lanka), Sep 8: Australia's seamers took advantage of the early life in the Pallekele wicket to rip through Sri Lanka's top order on the opening day of the second cricket Test today.
The hosts, electing to bat after winning the toss, slipped to 14-3 by the eighth over before struggling to 76-5 by lunch at the Pallekele International Stadium. Ryan Harris and Trent Copeland picked up two wickets apiece as Australia, leading the three-match series after winning the first Test in Galle by 125 runs, dominated the Sri Lankan batsmen once again.
Kumar Sangakkara and Thilan Samaraweera led a brief revival with a 43-run partnership, but wickets continued to tumble even on a pitch that rolled out in favour of the batsmen after providing some early seam movement.
Samaraweera was dismissed 20 minutes before lunch, caught behind off Harris for 18, while Prasanna Jayawardene threw away his wicket just before the break.
Jayawardene smashed off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a six and four, but holed out in the deep off the last ball of the over. Sangakkara was unbeaten on 29, after being given a life two runs earlier when Shane Watson spilled a catch at first slip.
Harris struck the first blow in his second over when he forced Tharanga Paranavitana to edge a catch to wicket-keeper Brad Haddin.