Kumar Sangakkar joined the elite club of 10, 000 runs scorer in tests as he was the major contributor towards his side’s 156 runs in the first innings of Boxing Day test played at MCG. He became only the 11th batsman in cricket history to achieve the milestone by scoring 58 runs. No other batsman was able to build a partnership with the left handed batsman. After his wicket fell at 147, the remaining batsmen were unable to capitalize on his efforts. Mitchell Johnson was the most impressive taking four wickets for 63. He also took his 200th test wicket.
In response to a low total posed by Sri Lanka in the first innings, Australian openers gave a solid start and the hosts reached 95 without any loss. However, Warner was out at 62 by Angelo Matthews. He was caught at deep mid wicket by Dhammika Prasad. Later Phillip Hughes was run out for 10 and Cowan caught behind for 36. The brief collapse was halted as Captain Clarke and Shane Watson played watchfully. Both were given a second life with drop catches by Dilshan and Sangakkara. Clake is at 20 and has completed 1500 runs in tests this year. At stumps, Australians were 150 for the loss of 3 wickets.
At the moment, Australians are in command of the match. Sri Lankans need to take some early wickets on the second day to have a chance to come back in the test.