Second Sri Lanka batsman retires hurt

Ross Houston
February 3, 2019

Sri Lankan batsmen Dimuth Karunaratne immediately slumped to the ground after being hit near the head by a Pat Cummins bouncer before being taken away in an ambulance.

Sri Lanka's campaign has already been crippled by injury with pacemen Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal, Lahiru Kumara and Dushmantha Chameera all breaking down in Australia.

At stumps, the visitors were 17 without loss, chasing 516 to win with two days remaining after Tim Paine declared Australia's second innings at 196 for three.

Coincidentally, Perera was replaced by Dimuth Karunaratne, who had retired hurt on day two after he was struck in the neck.

Mitchell Starc, who nabbed 15 wickets in five tests during the India series and opener against Sri Lanka, has come in for criticism for some wayward bowling and while he was regularly clocking over 150 kph during his opening spell the Australia pace spearhead once again lacked direction.

It is the first time Australia have gone past 400 since the Ashes Test against England in Sydney 13 months ago.

The hosts, who lead 1-0 lead after winning the first test by an innings and 40 runs at Brisbane last week, may have done enough to bat Sri Lanka out of the match and seal their first series win since a 4-0 Ashes victory against England a year ago.

Earlier, Kurtis Patterson became Australia's third century-maker of the first innings, scoring an unbeaten 114.

Perera ducked into a ball from Richardson in the first session of day three and received treatment on the field, with play stopping for several minutes. He lay still on the popping crease, as the Sri Lanka physio and the Australian team doctor rushed on to the field.

Patterson, who smacked 14 fours and a six in his knock, and Paine then continued to plunder runs at will with an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 130.

In the next over debutant Chamika Karunaratne fell Nathan Lyon and Niroshan Dickwella was out lbw to Labuschagne on the last delivery before lunch.

Wicketkeeper Niroshan Dickwella was out lbw for 25 on the last ball before the break, and with Perera unsure of returning, could be eight wickets down.

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