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Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3: Play called off due to bad lights, Sri Lanka lead by 196 runs at stumps

Sri Lanka vs Australia, 1st Test, Day 3: Sri Lanka lead by 196 runs at stumps.

Kusal Mendis still playing at 169* during the course of Sri Lanka’s second innings in Pallekele. (Source: AP)

A rain-affected Test match is never a rare site when the encounter is hosted by Sri Lanka. The 1st clash of this Test series between Australia and Sri Lanka have had a similar story. Both days were called off early due to rain in Kandy. Sri Lanka in first innings were bundled out for a mere 117 runs and in reply the visitors took a 86-run lead in the first innings. The first day’s play didn’t see a singlr ball being bowled after Tea while the second day’s entire final session was also washed away by rain. Sri Lanka now begin Day 3 with a deficit of 80 runs having 9 wickets at their disposal. Earlier on Day 2, Australia after grabbing a first innings lead secured an early blow in the second. Mitchell Starc trapped Kusal Perera in front to hand over Australia their first breakthrough. Starc bowled just two deliveries of his second over when the day was called off due to drizzle. Sri Lanka were 6/1 at stumps.

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Sri Lanka vs Australia: As it happened

1600 hrs IST: STUMPS! Play called off due to bad lights, Sri Lanka lead by 196 runs at stumps

1540 hrs IST: WICKET! Lyon removes Silva after Khawaja takes an easy catch at mid off

1520 hrs IST: Sri Lanka batsmen have built upon the lead in a very efficient manner

1452 hrs IST: TEA! Sri Lanka go into tea at 253/5, lead by 167 runs (Mendis 157*)

1450 hrs IST: FOUR! Kusal Mendis goes past 150-run mark with a boundary

1440 hrs IST: A huge appeal from Hazlewood but that is a bat and pad


1430 hrs IST: That’s another one chance going down… Was a half chance though

1419 hrs IST: Josh Hazlewood is back into the attack

1415 hrs IST: Is it aother chance going down and yes it has… Steve Smith read that one nicely but he over ran a bit

1412 hrs IST: You have 6 people on the on side and the fielding is done by Mitchell Starc at deep third man


1410 hrs IST: Nicely pushed into the off side and Sri Lanka move to 210/5

1402 hrs IST: WICKET! And finally Chandimal has been sent back by Marsh for 42… SL 203/5 

1359 hrs IST: Australians feel that took an outside edge but neither the batsman nor umpire have the same thought… Three in three for the deputy skipper

1358 hrs IST: Another loud appeal against Chandimal but outside the line of off-stump

1355 hrs IST: Edged but falls short and Mendis gets another life

1354 hrs IST: 200 up for Sri Lanka with a couple


1350 hrs IST: It’s good to see that some other batsman has come up to take the responsibility to anchor the Sri Lankan innings

1347 hrs IST: 100 run partnership comes up between Chandimal and Mendis. Pressure is mounting on Australia. Hosts take lead over hundred too


1335 hrs IST: A boundary after a catch went down and Sri Lanka are in a state of dominating the game

1325 hrs IST: Mitchell STarc is trying to create different angles to get a wicket


1320 hrs IST: This has been an irritating partnership for Australian bowler… They got early scalps but are now struggling

1310 hrs IST: Surprisingly, We haven’t seen Mitchell Marsh since morning

1300 hrs IST: Another hundred runs from here can causes serious damage to Australia’s hopes of taking a lead in the series

1250 hrs IST: SIX! What a way to bring up a maiden Test ton… Mendis slogs Lyon for a maximum… SL 140/4


1245 hrs IST: FOUR! Brilliant timing from Kusal Mendis and that push on the backfoot takes him into the nineties

1243 hrs IST: A slight appeal from the slip fielders but the umpire as well as the bowler didn’t look interesting

1240 hrs IST: A loud appeal from Australian fielders and bowler but maybe height could have been the problem

1235 hrs IST: We are back with live action with I’Keefe bowling and facing him is Mendis

1157 hrs IST: That would be lunch and Sri Lanka are 116/4 at the end of session one on day 3… They lead by 30 runs

1155 hrs IST: That one just came in from Nathan Lyon

1154 hrs IST: That’s a ripper to end the over from Warner

1150 hrs IST: David Warner brought into the attack but he has been dispatched for a four first up

1145 hrs IST: And that could have been tricky for Chandimal… Good delivery from Lyon

1140 hrs IST: Majority of runs have come from Mendis’ bat and this is something to worry about for Sri Lankans

1126 hrs IST: Dinesh Chandimal comes to the crease. Sri Lanka take lead. Score moves to 88 for four

1125 hrs IST: WICKET! Big wicket for Lyon. Deceives the Sri Lankan captain with good turn and bounce. Joe Burns makes no mistake

1121 hrs IST: Mathew picks up one. Scores are level now

1120 hrs hrs IST: NOT OUT! Australia have lost a review. Third umpire stays with the on-field decision.

1118 hrs IST: REVIEW! Smith calls for review. Mathew misses O’Keefe’s delivery. There is no inside edge. Might be clipping leg stump

1115 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are just one run away from taking over the lead. Score moves to 85 for 3

1108 hrs IST: Mendis picks up three of the last delivery from O’Keefe. Good work in the deep by Mitch Marsh. Sri Lanka move to 81 for 3

1107 hrs IST: Big  shout for LBW..smith doesn’t review it. Relief for Mendis

11:03 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis not allowing Lyon to settle down, sweeps it for four

1058 hrs IST: Mendis picks up one. Moves to 49 now. Sri Lanka are 66 for 3

1057 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis sweeps it for four..cuts the two fielders in the deep.

1056 hrs IST: Smith lookinf for wickets. Brings Nathan Lyon into the attack

1050 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis picks up an easy boundary. Starc bangs it a little short and Mendis guides it towards the short leg boundary using the pace of the ball..Sri Lanka move to 61 for 3

1045 hrs IST: FOUR! Mendis pulls O’Keefe’s short delivery towards mid on…a rare bad ball from the Aussie spinner

1043 hrs IST: Mendis picks up one and that’s 50 up for Sri Lanka

1042 hrs IST: What a beautiful delivery from Starc. He has been asking a lot of questions

1040 hrs IST: End of a decent over from O’Keefe. Sri lanka are 49 for 3, still trailing by 37 runs

1036 hrs IST: Mathew picks up two

1027 hrs IST: Angelo Mathews is the new batsman in for Sri Lanka

1025 hrs IST: WICKET! Steve O’ Keefe deceives Silva in the flight… SL 45/3

1022 hrs IST: FOUR! Back to back boundaries from Mendis… Starc loses his line and that one was guided way to fine leg boundary

1020 hrs IST: FOUR! Not a good delivery from Starc and Mendis slashes the ball to third man boundary

1019 hrs IST: A huge appeal from Keefe but that was drifting down the leg side and the umpires too turns down the appeal

1015 hrs IST: Mendis edges one but that’s safe as it falls away from Smith and has gone to third man boundary

1014 hrs IST: And that was a pretty good bouncer from Josh Hazlewood

1010 hrs IST: Spin has been introduced for the first time in the innings as O’Keefe is into the attack

1007 hrs IST: Hint of overcast conditions again at this venue

1004 hrs IST: FOUR! A good shot from Mendis, takes him to 13… Sri Lanka 22/2

1000 hrs IST: Yes-no call and in the end it was all safe for Sri Lanka

0956 hrs IST: FOUR! Hazlewood just misses his line and Mendis uses the pace of the ball brilliantly

0955 hrs IST: Australian quickers have been totally on the money this morning

0954 hrs IST: Meanwhile, that is a brilliant piece of bowling from Starc

0952 hrs IST: Steve O’Keefe seems to be in some pain but he’s back on fielding position

0949 hrs IST: A gully and two slips for Hazlewood

0947 hrs IST: Josh Hazlewood to start his first over of the morning

0946 hrs IST: End of the over spread for two days… SL 6/2

0944 hrs IST: WICKET! Starc traps another one in the same over and this time it’s Karunaratne who will walk back to dressing room

0942 hrs IST: That’s pretty close and the finger has gone up after a loud appeal from Starc but Karuratane has gone for review

0940 hrs IST: Good start from Starc… That was inches away from Karuratane’s bat

0939 hrs IST: Starc will continue with his over

0938 hrs IST: The Australian fielders are out in the middle, Sri Lanka batsmen are marching in the park and here we are with live action


0932 hrs IST: A lead of 175 runs from here on will surely be decisive

0930 hrs IST: Sandakan has been pretty impressive with the line he’s bowled

0928 hrs IST: The pitch is dry

0925 hrs IST: A beautiful sunny day at Pallekele without any clouds


Australia secure handy lead over Sri Lanka before rain halts play on Day 2

Sri Lanka Australia Cricket

Australia grabbed a handy 86-run lead in the first innings over Sri Lanka and dealt an early blow with the new ball before rain washed out the entire final session for the second consecutive day in the first Test at Pallekele on Wednesday.

Australian streaker jailed in Sri Lanka for ‘indecent exposur’ in Kandy Test


An Australian streaker has been fined and jailed for a week after running onto the field during the first day of the opening Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Kandy’s Pallekele.


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