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Watch: Glass panel broken as Sri Lanka vs Australia 1st Test match disrupted



Incessant rain and strong winds wreaked havoc at the Galle International Stadium on Thursday due to a delay in the start of the second day of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. A fence of the stadium collapsed due to the wind, while a panel of glass broke and fell to the ground. However, as per the reports, thankfully no one was hurt in the stadium. The start of the game has been delayed by more than two hours due to rain.

In another video shared on Twitter, the groundstaff at Galle can be seen struggling with the cover.

Sri Lanka captain Dimuth Karunaratne won the toss on Wednesday and elected to bat.

However, it was the Australian bowlers who dominated the first day, with Nathan Lyon registering his 20th Test five-wicket haul.

Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson also took two wickets, while pacers Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc shared one each as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 212.

Niroshan Dickwella’s knock of 58 was the only positive achievement in his first innings for the hosts.

Australia got off to a strong start with the bat before Ramesh Mendis took the wickets of David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne for 25 and 13 respectively.

Steve Smith was then run out after a terrible mix-up with Usman Khawaja.

Australia ended Day 1 on 98/3 with Usman Khawaja and Travis Head at the crease at stumps.

The two-match Test series will conclude Australia’s tour of Sri Lanka.


Australia won the T20I series 2–1, while Sri Lanka emerged victorious in the ODI series by a margin of 3–2.

It was Sri Lanka’s first home ODI series win against Australia since 1992.

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