Dimuth Karunaratne, Mahela Jayawardene lead Sri Lankan fight back

Dimuth Karunaratne scored a half-century as he put on an unbeaten stand of 106 runs with skipper Mahela Jayawardene on Day Three © Getty Images

Sydney: Jan 5, 2013

After a scintillating century from Australia’s Matthew Wade that gave Australia a lead of 135 runs, Sri Lanka’s Dimuth Karunanatne and Mahela Jayawardene showed great resolve to take Sri Lanka just eight runs short of the Australia total at Tea on Day Three of the Sydney Test.

Continuing from 18 for no-loss at Lunch, Mitchell Johnson got his first wicket of the match when dismissed opener Tilakaratne Dilshan for just five runs, leaving Sri Lanka at 24 for one.

Karunaratne was then joined by Jayawardene and the duo slowly but steadily built the innings to reduce the deficit to just eight runs before going for Tea break.

Karunaratne scored a brisk half-century and is batting on 83 off just 99 deliveries while skipper Jayawardene is giving him a good stand with 38 runs to his name. The duo added 106 runs for the third wicket.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 294 and 130 for 1 (Dimuth Karunaratne 83*, Mahela Jayawardene 38*; Mitchell Johnson 1 for 14) trail Australia 432 for 9 dec. (Phil Hughes 87, David Warner 85, Matthew Wade 102*, Michael Clarke 50; Rangana Herath 4 for 95) by 8 runs

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