Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal put up 100-run stand for 6th wicket on Day 1 © AFP
Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal put up 100-run stand for 6th wicket on Day 1 © AFP

Sri Lanka, who were at downfall in first session, found their savior in form of Dhananjaya de Silva with his maiden half-century and Dinesh Chandimal complimenting him. Sri Lanka ended their second session at 141 for 5 on Day One of third Test in Colombo. Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon, who were stars for Australia in the first session, were found leaking runs with de Silva showing batting prowess with his aggressive boundaries. He got 11 fours while Chandimal secured 3 fours. Sri Lanka capitalised on their batting and both Chandimal as well as de Silva built 115-run stand for sixth wicket at the end of the second session. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

De Silva and Chandimal had built 29-run stand before they headed for Lunch. Starc and Lyon started leaking runs and by 32.3 overs, the batsmen had reached 50-run stand. Steven Smith used various bowling options and brought in Jon Holland along with Mitchell Marsh and Josh Hazlewood. Although, Marsh and Hazlewood were bowling on the line, they leaked tremendous runs keeping Australia on back foot. As for Sri Lanka, they continued their show and de Silva got his maiden fifty in Test cricket. Before heading for Tea, de Silva and Chandimal successfully completed 100-run stand, keeping Sri Lanka in command of Day 1. LUNCH REPORT: Starc, Lyon restrict Sri Lanka to 55/5 in 3rd Test

Earlier, bowlers Starc and Lyon decimated the Sri Lankan batting line-up as the hosts stood at 55 for five at Lunch. Sri Lanka, who elected to bat first on a bright sunny morning, were dealt early blows against an inspired Australian side which is looking for a consolation win. De Silva, batting on 23, and Chandimal, on 7 before heading for Lunch. Pace spearhead Starc, who took three wickets, bagged Kaushal Silva for a duck as the opener struggled to score after facing 15 balls. Off-spinner Lyon, who has been criticised for failing to benefit from turning tracks, soon combined forces with Starc to rattle the Sri Lankan top-order with two wickets.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka 141 for 5 (Dinesh Chandimal 37*, Dhananjaya de Silva 74*; Mitchell Starc 3 for 38, Nathan Lyon 2 for 47) vs Australia