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Evans puts Australia Under 19s in command after Day 2

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Australia Under 19s are in a dominant position heading at stumps on day two of their three-day match against Sri Lanka Under 19s in Hobart.

Despite losing three hours of play to rain, the Australians restricted Sri Lanka to 9-149 when stumps was called due to bad light at Kingston Twin Ovals, in reply to Australia’s 6-309 declared. 

Victorian fast bowler Zak Evans claimed the key wickets of Sri Lanka captain Kamindu Mendis (seven runs) and vice-captain Hasitha Boyagoda (10) in the opening session, with the 17-year-old finishing with figures of 3-57 off 12 overs.

The visitors were 1-38 at the start of play, and were just three wickets down when rain intervened in the morning session. But the Australians bowled superbly when play resumed after 3pm, with South Australian leg-spinner Lloyd Pope (2-21 off eight) and captain Will Sutherland (2-20 off eight) also reaping the rewards of some quality bowling.

Sri Lanka opener Vishva Chathuranga top-scored for his side with 39, while Krishan Sanjula chipped in with 22.

Play will resume at 9am local time tomorrow, due to time lost to rain today.