4th January 2013, 02:50 AM
Warner and Hughes steer Australia
Lunch Australia 1 for 127 (Warner 68*, Hughes 50*) trail Sri Lanka 294 by 167 runs
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David Warner and Phillip Hughes gave Australia a strong start as they replied to Sri Lanka's 294 on the second day at the SCG. At lunch, Australia had reached 1 for 127 and Warner was well set on 68, while Hughes had also looked good for his 50, and the only success Sri Lanka had celebrated during the first session was the run-out of Ed Cowan for 4.
Cowan had nobody to blame but himself for his dismissal as he ambled through slowly for the first run after Warner pushed the ball between midwicket and mid-on. Warner was quick between the wickets but Cowan's sluggish first run and a hesitation when he turned for a second cost him as Nuwan Pradeep's throw was collected at the bowler's end by Dhammika Prasad, who whipped the bails off.
That left Australia at 1 for 36 and Warner had done most of the scoring in the opening stand, including with three consecutive boundaries off Pradeep. He continued to score briskly after Cowan's departure and reached his half-century from his 37th delivery with a boundary through backward point when Pradeep dropped short, and it was typical of his innings.
Warner was especially strong through the off side, latching on to any width from Sri Lanka's seamers and by the time lunch came around he had nine boundaries, none of which came on the leg side. Hughes was also enjoying Sri Lanka's off-side line and he had managed five boundaries from backward point to extra cover, as well as one that he pulled forward of square off Pradeep.
Hughes brought up his half-century from his 85th delivery in the over before lunch with a boundary through point, using the pace off Suranga Lakmal's bowling. Tillakaratne Dilshan had caused Hughes a few problems, though there were no realistic chances, and strangely Rangana Herath was not given a chance to bowl before lunch.
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