Rain has stopped play within the second ODI with Sri Lanka on 9-220 after 47.4 overs having been despatched in to bat.
Sri Lanka was wobbling following the lack of 7-103 by the center overs however its Tenth-wicket partnership between Dushmantha Chameera and Maheesh Theekshana pulled the hosts in direction of a good complete on a tough wicket.
Pathum Nissanka (14) was the primary batter to fall with a brilliantly flighted supply from debutant Kuhnemann drawing an out of doors edge.
Kuhnemann’s sizzling begin continued within the ninth over when he was on the tip of a superb outfield catch that noticed Pat Cummins dismiss Danushka Gunathilaka for 18.
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Just three overs later, Kusal Mendis (36) was unlucky to float his attempted sweep shot straight back to Glenn Maxwell.
Charith Asalanka never got going in his 27-ball 13 as Maxwell turned the screws, taking another wicket as the batter picked out Kuhnemann in the deep.
Sri Lanka continued to collapse — and Kuhemann’s debut kept getting better — when Chamika Karunaratne holed out for 18. Mitchell Swepson then took his first as Dasun Shanaka (34) skewed an attempted slog.
Jaffrey Vandersay (7) nicked off to Cummins in the 41st over to give the Test captain his third, before Dunith Wellalage (20) chopped on for the quick’s fourth.
Earlier, the first few overs saw David Warner make some uncharacteristic mistakes in the field. On back-to-back balls, he threw three overthrows, and then misfielded a simple ball to allow another three runs.
“This is so unusual,” Russell Arnold said in commentary.
Warner wasn’t the only one, however, with Australia making a number of errors in the field during the first half of the innings.
“It’s been a bit slippy in the field today,” Brad Haddin said in commentary. “Australia has just been a bit behind the game with their fielding.
“It’s been a bit lazy fielding. I know Australia prides itself on creating intensity in the field and making life uncomfortably for the opposition with the intensity they create inside that ring.”
Left-arm Kuhnemann enjoyed a breakthrough season last summer for Queensland. No spinner took more wickets in the 2021-22 Sheffield Shield than the 25-year-old, who claimed 25 at 31.88.
He has been replaced by Jeffrey Vandersay.
Australia leads the series 1-0 after some Glenn Maxwell magic saw the tourists chase down 7-300 with nine balls remaining.
There is a big threat of the second ODI being interrupted by rain with gloomy skies in Pallekele. Nonetheless, rain held off at the toss and play will start as scheduled.
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Sri Lanka XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana
Australia XI: David Warner, Aaron Finch (c), Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Alex Carey (wk), Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Swepson, Josh Hazlewood, Matthew Kuhnemann
Australia has made three adjustments for Thursday evening’s second ODI towards Sri Lanka after its harm disaster deepened after sport one.
Marcus Stoinis (facet), Ashton Agar (facet) and Jhye Richardson (omitted) have all come out of the XI that received sport one by two wickets on Tuesday.
Of their place comes debutant spinner Matthew Kuhnemann, Travis Head and Mitchell Swepson.
Stoinis (facet pressure) and Agar (facet pressure) had been the most recent gamers to go down in Australia’s two-wicket win in Pallekele on Tuesday.
Stoinis is now out for the remainder of the tour, becoming a member of collection casualties Kane Richardson (hamstring) and Sean Abbott (finger) on the long-term harm listing, whereas Mitchell Starc (finger), Mitchell Marsh (calf) and Agar hope to return later within the ODI collection or within the two-Check collection that follows.
With Adam Zampa unavailable, Kuhnemann was been referred to as into Australia’s ODI squad together with Head with each gamers pulled out of the corresponding Australia A four-day sport.
Cameron Inexperienced was one other choice to play on Thursday, though there’s a reluctance to bowl him earlier than the two-Check collection, that means his inclusion would have affected Australia’s steadiness.
Head as a substitute slots into Australia’s XI as he presents additional overs by his part-time spin.