Hazlewood, Lyon take 3 wickets each; Sri Lanka out for 117
PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood and spinner Nathan Lyon took three wickets each Tuesday to help Australia dismiss Sri Lanka for 117 on the first day of the three-test series.
Lyon returned 3-12 and Hazlewood, who seized early momentum for Australia, had 3-51. Seamer Mitchell Starc and spinner Steve O'Keefe also picked two wickets each to ensure the Sri Lankans were all out not long after lunch on day one after winning the toss and electing to bat.
Dhananjaya de Silva, who got off the mark in his test debut with a six, top-scored for Sri Lanka with 24 from 38 balls.
Starc trapped opener Dimuth Karunaratne (5) lbw in the fifth over to give Australians to start the batting collapse.
Hazlewood had No. 3 Kusal Mendis (8) out lbw and Kaushal Silva (4) caught by Adam Voges as Sri Lanka slipped to 19-3 and then returned to have Dinesh Chandimal (15) caught behind by Peter Nevill to end a 24-run stand with de Silva.
Left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe had Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews (15) caught by Australia skipper Steve Smith at slip and the hosts went to lunch at 84-5.
The innings lasted less than seven overs after the interval, with Lyon striking twice in the over after lunch and doing most of the damage.
Sri Lanka handed test caps to de Silva and left-arm spinner Lakshan Sandakan as they went into the match with three specialist spinners. Rangana Herath and Dilruwan Perera are the other two spinners playing for Sri Lanka.
Nuwan Pradeep is the sole specialist seam bowler, with Mathews expected to back him up with short spells of seam because Suranga Lakmal was injured on eve of the match.
Sri Lanka has lost three frontline seamers in the recent months to injury, and another is banned by the International Cricket Council after his bowling action was found to be illegal.