Kaushal Silva celebrates his Third Test ton on Day Four of Third Test © AFP
Kaushal Silva celebrates his Third Test ton on Day Four of Third Test © AFP

A game that seemed evenly poised on Day Three, have turned around as Sri Lanka took charge of Day Four as they built a lead of 288 against Australia at the SSC in Colombo on Tuesday. The day saw lots of drama and enthusiasm with  Kaushal Silva’s century, who played on despite a split web, Dimuth Karunaratne’s “hit-wicket” and Mitchell Starc’s fine form with the ball. With the lead built by Sri Lanka, the game very much keeps the hosts on driver’s seat, although Australia fought back and acquired wickets at regular intervals in the latter stages of the day. Let’s have look at some of the moments that made the day a nail-biting event: FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

Kaushal Silva’s return to form: When was the last time Kaushal was seen showing grit and determination? His maiden Test ton was against Bangladesh at Dhaka and went on to score 139. His last Test century was against Pakistan at Galle, which Sri Lanka lost despite Silva scoring 125. After a year and being ridiculed for his performance in the current series against Australia, Silva was back in full form taking away the game from Australia with his calm and composed third Test ton that came off 251 deliveries. That built the base for Sri Lanka to get a lead of 288. Day report: Kaushal Silva slams ton as Sri Lanka’s lead surges to 288 vs Australia in 3rd Test

Mitchell Starc’s tale of records: What Richard Hadlee did in New Zealand in 1984 grabbing 23 wickets, has now been broken by Starc in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. He beat Hadlee to become the leading wicket-taker by a non-Asian in Sri Lanka. Starc has picked up 24 wickets in total this series. Starc has already the record of three consecutive five-wicket haul while bowling out Sri Lanka on Day Two for 355. Indeed this is a dream run for Starc, after pro staying due to prolong injury. ALSO READ: Mitchell Starc goes past Richard Hadlee

Peter Nevill’s quick keeping:  Sri Lanka resumed play on Day Three at 22 for 1. Nathan Lyon struck in the first hour of play when Dimuth Karunaratne was stumped for 22. That stumping needed precision and was achieved with the help of Peter Nevill. Nevill almost did an MS Dhoni when he waited for Karunaratne to lift his leg and dislodged the bails. The umpire, not surprisingly, went to the third umpire as he was not sure. The stumping was too quick and Karunaratne’s show came to an end. ALSO READ: SL vs AUS 3rd Test Day 4 Video highlights: Nevill’s sharp ‘keeping

Dhananjaya de Silva’s not so apparent hit-wicket: Last four overs remaining and the game had slight dramatic twists. Josh Hazlewood’s delivery tucked by de Silva, hit his thigh. De Silva, who was swinging the bat casually, hit the wicket with his bat and the bails were dislodged. That’s when the square leg umpire went upstairs to check for hit-wicket. De Silva had already completed his shot and the bails’ coming off later was not a matter of worry. De Silva remained unbeaten at the end of Day Four’s play at 44.

The bar that was set with Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh’s centuries on Day Three, swung back in Sri Lanka’s favour with help of Silva’s century keeping them alive in the game. Dinesh Chandimal could have added more runs, but was trapped leg before by Nathan Lyon. Despite that, the ball lies in hosts’ court. Sri Lanka will look to go all guns blazing with four wickets to spare and pile on lead, waiting to whitewash the No. 1 Test team.

(Shruti Hariharan is Content Writer with CricketCountry. You can follow her on Twitter at @Shruti_2890)