Australia 150-3 after dismissing Sri Lanka for 156

Kumar Sangakkara

David Warner smashed a quick-fire half century as Australia ended the first day of the second test against Sri Lanka at 150-3 after dismissing the visitors for a paltry 156 at tea on Wednesday.

Warner drove six boundaries as he made 62 from 46 balls to give the Australians a solid platform to their run chase.

Mitchell Johnson (4-63) earlier claimed four wickets as the Australian bowlers dominated a Sri Lankan batting lineup whose only redeeming feature was Kumar Sangakkara's defiant 58 that including his 10,000th test run.

After Warner was caught by Dhammika Prasad off Angelo Mathews, Phil Hughes was dismissed in an embarrassing run out when he found himself at the same end as batting partner Ed Cowan, who was out the next over off a Prasad ball.

Captain Michael Clarke, who was a last-minute inclusion after declaring himself fit Wednesday, set about guiding the Australian innings to stumps and was on 20 with Shane Watson on 13.

Wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene didn't take the field following tea after injuring his right thumb while batting during Sri Lanka's innings. Sangakkara took his place behind the stumps.

Warner made an explosive start to the innings, displaying his full range of strokes until the 18th over when, tempted by Mathews to swing at a shorter delivery, he lofted the ball into the hands of Prasad at deep mid-wicket.

Fellow-opener Cowan turned a Rangana Herath delivery toward mid-wicket, but the ball was quickly fielded by Tillakaratne Dilshan. Hughes ran for Cowan's end while watching the fielder, as Cowen stood his ground, and found himself in the wrong crease when the stumps were broken.

Cowen was out the next over when he offered a thick edge to Prasad's angling delivery, which was caught by Mahela Jayawardene at second slip.

Left-armed paceman Johnson (4-63) narrowly missed a hat trick earlier when he had Prasanna Jayawardene caught by Hughes at third slip for 24 while fending off a short ball, then had Prasad caught behind the next ball.

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