Written by Staff Writer
14 Aug, 2016 | 9:49 pm
Australia recovered from a shaky start to their first innings of the third and final test against Sri Lanka to close day two on a positive 141 for 1. The Australia who are down 2-0 in the series trail Sri Lanka by 214 runs.
Sri Lanka commenced day two today at the Sinhalese Sports Club on an overnight score of 214 for 5.
Youngster Dhananjaya de Silva’s patient innings was brought to a close in the first session of the days play for 129, bringing an end to the 211 run partnership with Dinesh Chandimal.
The stand between De Silva and Chandimal was incidentally the highest partnership between a Sri Lankan pair for the sixth wicket previously held by Asanka Gurusinghe and Arjuna Ranatunga.
Following the dismissal of De Silva and Dilruwan Perera, Dinesh Chandimal batted on to score his 7th international test century with a single off his pads to fine leg.
Rangana Herath’s innings was cut short as he retired hurt after being hit off a delivery of Mitchel Starc which caused Sri Lanka to lose their final two wickets for just seven runs.
After being 26 for five before the first session on day one, Sri Lanka managed to put on a total of 355 all out in their first innings.
Commencing their first innings, Australia suffered yet another early blow to their batting line up as they lost opener David Warner for 11 runs with the total on 21.
Shaun Marsh who came in for Joe Burns to open the batting batted on to score his 5th test half century while skipper Steven Smith reached his 18th test half century.
The pair were left unbeaten on 64 and 61 respectively at stumps.
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