SL vs Aus 3rd Test: Sri Lanka 428/6 at ...

SL vs Aus 3rd Test: Sri Lanka 428/6 at Stumps on day 3

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Published on: Sep 18, 2011

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Angelo Mathews top-scored with an unbeaten 85 on Sunday to put Sri Lanka in command of the third Test against Australia, as the hosts reached 428-6 at stumps on the third day.

Angelo Mathews top-scored with an unbeaten 85 on Sunday to put Sri Lanka in command of the third Test against Australia, as the hosts reached 428-6 at stumps on the third day.

Sri Lanka has a first-innings lead of 112 runs in reply to Australia's 316. DebutantShamindaEranga, who took 4-65 in the first innings, is also at crease, unbeaten on 5.

Though no one scored a hundred, captain TillakaratneDilshan (83), Kumar Sangakkara (79) and MahelaJayawardene (51) all got half-centuries as Australia tried to contain the runs.

Normally an opener, Dilshan dropped himself to No. 5 in the batting order and faced 131 balls, hitting 14 boundaries in an aggressive innings.

Dilshan shared 121 runs with Mathews for the second century-partnership of the innings, putting Sri Lanka in position for a series-leveling win.

Dilshan was finally out caught behind by Brad Haddin off seamer Trent Copeland (2-70).

Mathews then shared an 81-run sixth-wicket partnership with PrasannaJayawardene (47), before the latter was also dismissed by Copeland.

Earlier, Sri Lanka resumed the day on 166-2, and lost MahelaJayawardene caught behind by Haddin off seamer Shane Watson. He faced 120 balls and hit nine boundaries.

Peter Siddle (2-55) then snared Sangakkara in the same fashion after 176 balls and 10 boundaries.

Sangakkara and Jayawardene shared 101 runs for the third wicket.

The Australian bowlers toiled on a batting-friendly pitch without a wicket for most of the second session, with captain Michael Clarke even using part-time bowler and former captain Ricky Ponting.

Australia lead the three-Test series 1-0.

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