The veteran Australian batter, David Warner was at his athletic best athletic skills once again as he took a brilliant catch to dismiss Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne on Day 1 of the first Test. Moreover, Warner showed great awareness by taking the catch; while all the Australia cricketers turned to appeal for a leg-before wicket, Warner, who was standing at first slip, made a gigantic leap to catch the ball instead. As it turned out, the ball took the inside edge before hitting the pad, and Karunaratne was adjudged out.
The Sri Lankan skipper was the only glue in the first innings for the hots as they kept on losing wickets at the other end, with his opening partner Pathum Nissanka (23) and Kusal Mendis (3) being dismissed cheaply. As it turned out, Dimuth Karunaratne’s dismissal triggered a batting collapse for Sri Lanka as the side lost its next couple of wickets within 23 runs, and lost a sixth at a score of 139.
Here is the video of the brilliant catch from David Warner:
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The series is being played for the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy named after the two brilliant spinners in Test history with 1,508 combined wickets in the format. This is the first series for the trophy after legendary Australian spinner, Shane Warne died in March from a heart attack while vacationing in Thailand.
A brief remembrance was held for Warne before the match. The Australian leg spinner who took 708 wickets in the longest format of the game and he is only behind Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan’s 800, took his 500th Test wicket at the same venue in 2004 and later helped rebuild the ground after it was destroyed by the Asian tsunami later that year.
Sri Lanka’s Karunaratne had won the toss and opted to bat in the game. Mitchell Starc and skipper, Pat Cummins are the pacers in the Australia XI for the game, while Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Swepson are the only pacers.