Cricket: Resilient sixth-wicket stand puts SL in fighting position against Aussies

Cricket: Resilient sixth-wicket stand puts SL in fighting position against Aussies

Cricket: Resilient sixth-wicket stand puts SL in fighting position against Aussies

Written by Tharushan Fernando

13 Aug, 2016 | 8:18 pm

Dhananjaya de Silva hammered a maiden century and partnered with Dinesh Chandimal to resurrect Sri Lanka’s innings after a poor start against Australia on the opening day of the third and final Test.

Sri Lanka, who have an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series, won the toss and opted to bat but were reduced to 26 for five, bringing De Silva and Chandimal together at the crease.

Australian left-arm paceman Mitchell Starc, the most successful bowler in the series, was at his devastating best in the morning and picked up three wickets, taking his tally for the series to 20.

For close to the next 74 overs in the day, Australia could not separate the pair as they added 188 for the sixth wicket with the hosts reaching 214 for five at the close, with De Silva 116 not out and Chandimal unbeaten on 64.

De Silva, playing only his third test match, got to his hundred with a boundary off Smith’s part-time leg-spin and followed it up with an emotional celebration. He ended the day, having hit 16 fours in his 240-ball knock.

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