Marnus Labuschagne racks up 14th fifty in Tests

Riding on a half-century stand for the second wicket between Usman Khawaja and Marnus Labuschagne, Australia headed into Lunch at 99 for 2 on the opening day’s play of the second Test at the Galle International Stadium, on Friday, July 8.

Electing to bat, Australia went for the jugular early – an approach that paid rich dividends in the previous fixture between the two teams. Labuschagne and Steve Smith went to the break unbeaten in a session where the tourists lost their openers, but would still be pleased with the runs on the board.

Brief Scores: Australia 99/2 (Marnus Labuschagne 42*, Usman Khawaja 37; Kasun Rajitha 1-23) vs Sri Lanka.