Smith FINALLY ends his century drought as Australia punishes Sri Lanka for their wastefulness.

July 8, 2022By fanu benks

After playing a methodical innings against Sri Lanka on Friday, Steve Smith finally achieved the century mark in 28 Tests, helping Australia reach day one stumps of the second Test on 5-298.

Australia was in complete control in Galle at 2-204 following Marnus Labuschagne's own century before tea, but three wickets fell during the following 20 overs.
However, Smith continued where Labuschagne left off to reach three figures late in the last session, preventing Sri Lanka from building on the momentum.

Alex Carey is unbeaten at 16, and Smith will continue batting on day two on 109.
Before tea, Smith reached the age of fifty, but he was not in the mood to rejoice; instead, he just gave a cold scowl as he considered reaching the long-awaited century.

Smith finally got it after 193 balls, which was a turning point in the Australian No. 4's career.
Smith hadn't hit three figures in a Test match since January 2021, and this is just his second red ball century since the 2019 Ashes series.

He went 32 innings and 16 Test innings without a century.

As Australia recovered from the loss of David Warner and Usman Khawaja in the first session, it was also a significant day for Labuschagne, who scored his eighth Test century and first away from home in 146 balls.

Australia hopes to win or tie the two-Test series, thus Pat Cummins won the toss and decided to bat first.
More than two hours would pass before Sri Lanka struck again, with Jayasuriya, making his debut, displaying amazing fortitude after a challenging start in which he had given up nine boundaries in 12 overs before claiming Labuschagne's wicket. Travis Head, whose problems on the road continued when a delivery slipped over the edge to clip off stump, was able to increase his total. The hitter missed a sweep as he then claimed Cameron Green with a questionable call. When Dickwella failed to stump Green once more, Green was awarded a life.

One may divide Jayasuriya's day into two segments: 12-0-54-0 and 16-2-36-3.

With Alex Carey by his side, Smith persevered over the finish line. Australia has refrained from altering the composition of their team by bringing back Glenn Maxwell at No. 8. In the next days, it will be evident whether he would have been more valuable than Mitchell Starc, but Australia is in a good position to aim for a 2-0 lead.

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