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Severe weather caused a stand to collapse at the Galle cricket stadium.

Rain and strong winds caused a serious delay on Thursday during the opening Test between Australia and Sri Lanka.

The port city of Galle was battered by south-westerly winds across the Indian ocean and led to broadcast equipment as well as one of the sightscreens being upended.

The storm also brought down the makeshift roof of one of the ground’s smaller stands. Luckily no one was injured.

Because of the strong winds, the rain covers kept flying away. The entire field has since been covered with rubber tyres holding them down.

The Test is going well for the visiting side. So far Australia ended the first day on 212.

News24 reports Usman Khawaja, on 47, and Travis Head, on six, were batting at the close of play after Sri Lankan spinner Ramesh Mendis took two wickets and Steven Smith was run out.

With the wickets taken on the first day, Lyon managed to claim his 20th Test five-wicket haul.

This is the first of two Tests between the two nations. Australia ended the second day with a lead of 101 runs. Weather permitted, play will continue again tomorrow for day three.

Image credit: Sporting News

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