COLOMBO: Rain washed out the final session of play on the opening day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia on Tuesday, with the visitors 66 for two at stumps.
Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith stitched together an unbeaten 59-run third-wicket partnership after the visitors lost openers David Warner (0) and Joe Burns (3) early in response to Sri Lanka’s 117 all out.
Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep and Rangana Herath shared one wicket each after their batsmen lost the plot to Josh Hazlewood and Nathan Lyon, who picked up three wickets each.
The visitors trail Sri Lanka by 51 runs in the first innings.
Sri Lanka 117 in 34.2 overs (Dhananjaya de Silva 24; Josh Hazlewood 3-21, Nathan Lyon 3-12)
Australia 66-2 in 20 overs (Usman Khawaja 25 not out, Steven Smith 28 not out; Nuwan Pradeep 1-3, Rangana Herath 1-15)