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Honours even in Sri Lanka

Published:Friday | August 5, 2016 | 12:00 AM

GALLLE, Sri Lanka (AP) Sri Lanka seam bowler Vishwa Fernando took a wicket from only his second ball in Test cricket yesterday as Australia reached 54 for two at stumps on the first day of an evenly balanced second Test.

Fernando had Joe Burns caught by Kusal Perera, with the tourists still to score. Fernando is making his Test debut in place of the injured Nuwan Pradeep.

Sri Lanka were earlier all out for 281 in their first innings and lead Australia by 227 runs.

David Warner, who showed signs of returning to form with a 41-ball 42, was dismissed off the last ball of the day caught by Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews off spinner Dilruwan Perera.

Kusal Mendis continued his good form, top-scoring with 86 for Sri Lanka and sharing 108 runs for the third wicket with Kusal Perera (49) and 67 runs with Mathews (54) after Sri Lanka slumped to 9-2.

Mendis scored 176 his maiden Test hundred in the first Test.

Starc said losing Warner close to stumps was a setback but called it a "pretty even day."