Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the Day Three of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia. Day Two had brought a much needed comeback from the Australians, after it took almost five sessions to end the hosts’ first innings at 355/9. A Dinesh Chandimal-show infused with glorious shot-making and patience, was responded by a solid second wicket partnership from Steve Smith and Shaun Marsh. The spin-nightmare never looked light it would haunt them. The spin trio did create a few opportunities, but were perhaps a bit unlucky. Credit though cannot be taken away from the batsmen, their execution was better. The game is for now, hung in balance. Let’s see what Day Three has in store for us. Stay tuned! LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

If Day Two was more about Dinesh Chandimal’s gritty, patient century knock, finishing at 132 off 356 deliveries, Day Three could well revolve around Australia’s resistance, and their propensity to fight back and retain their No.1 Test crown, while batting positively in the middle. Smith and Marsh, have looked good so far.

Smith in particular has used his feet against the spinners. Although there have been moments, where he was beaten by turn and a few straight ones as well from the Lankan spin twins, Dilruwan Perera and Rangana Herath, but he has managed not to give them a chance of sneaking into the Australian middle order. He also reached a personal milestone. Smith became the fourth fastest Australian to reach 4,000 runs in Test cricket. But that perhaps, would have never been on his mind when he came out to bat on Day Two.

Marsh on the other hand, playing his first game in the series, has solidified the top-order, which once looked fragile. He has played some exquisite shots in his innings so far. He would want to convert his fifty into a big one though.

LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

Live Updates

  • 5:37 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 22/1 vs Australia– STUMPS! Day Three of the third Test between Austrlia and Sri Lanka
    ended with the hosts trailing visitors by only two runs with nine
    wickets in hand. The match is very well balanced and anything can happen
    in the next two days as no team has gone out of sight with the match
    till now.

  • 5:08 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 8/1 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 0, Dimuth Karunaratne 0: SL have lost their first wicket as Mitchell Starc continues to cause problems for the hosts. What a form he is having with the ball on pitches conducive for spin. Dilwuran Perera departs for 8.

  • 4:21 PM IST

    Live: Australia 365/6 vs Sri Lanka– Mitchell Marsh 50, Mitchel Starc 0: Four wickets left for AUS with junior Marsh battling it out for the visitors. AUS are 10 runs ahead at the moment but have certainly lost the momentum after a great platform set by Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith.

  • 3:49 PM IST

    Live: Australia 350/5 vs Sri Lanka– Mitchell Marsh 39, Peter Nevill 12: Rain stops play at the moment. AUS have got very close to SL’s total. With just 5 runs behind and 5 wickets left. SL will want to rap it up soon as AUS’s lower-middle-order is too inexperienced against spin.

  • 3:32 PM IST

    Live: Australia 337/5 vs Sri Lanka– Mitchell Marsh 29, Peter Nevill 9: After senior Marsh laid the platform for his team for a big score, his team has gone back to square one with the middle-order collapsing. But junior Marsh, i.e. Mitchell Marsh, is still there at the crease for his side. AUS still behind SL by 18 runs, with five wickets remaining. A big lead looks out of sight but a significant one still possible.

  • 3:20 PM IST

    Live: Australia 320/5 vs Sri Lanka– Mitchell Marsh 21, Peter Nevill: After Tea, Voges departs soon. Peter Neville survived a close call but there was a big edge from his bat. AUS will like to get a lead but they are struggling now after he platform set by Smith and Marsh.

  • 2:48 PM IST

    Live: Australia 316/4 vs Sri Lanka– Adam Voges 22, Mitchell Marsh 17: And that is Tea here! AUS have lost three wickets in this session. They have lost a bit of momentum after the start and platform given by Marsh and Smith. Nonetheless, they still have 39 runs to level the first innings score of SL, with 6 wickets in hand. Join us after the tea break.

  • 2:26 PM IST

    Live: Australia 302/4 vs Sri Lanka– Adam Voges 15, Mitchell Marsh 12: AUS have lost three wickets in this session so far as Lakmal dismissed Marsh and Herath joined the party with a two-wicket spell from the other end. He dismissed Smith and Henriques quickly as AUS are doing a rebuilding here. Voges needs to bat for long for them as Mitchell Marsh is out there to give him company. They still trail SK by 53 runs.

  • 1:40 PM IST

    Live: Australia 275/3 vs Sri Lanka– Adam Voges 4, Moises Henriques 0: SL have staged a comeback in this session. Both the centurions and the set batsmen have now departed. Smith gone for 119 as he was totally deceived by spin off Ranagana Herath as the wicketkeeper does a good job to stump his wickets with his legs slightly put of the line. Now over to Henriques and Voges to avoid a collapse and get close to SL’s first innings score.

  • 1:21 PM IST

    Live: Australia 267/2 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 116: And finally Lakmal provides the much needed breakthrough for his side as Shaun Marsh departs for a well made 130. He gets played down as he was looking to leave the delivery by Lakmal to decided to play at the last moment. Smith standing tall from the other end on 116 as Adam Voges comes out to bat. A big innings needed from him as well after all the hard work as been done by Smith and Marsh.

  • 1:18 PM IST

    Live: Australia 262/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 116, Shaun Marsh 128: The partnership adds on to 242 as both the players unscathed by the SL bowlers. Marsh blazing with confidence and looking set for further milestones coming his way. Smith composed at the other end with no hurry as his partner is carrying on well from the other end.

  • 12:58 PM IST

    Live: Australia 244/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 108, Shaun Marsh 115: SL would hope they get through the middle and lower-middle order of AUS soon as Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh have added a lot of runs for their side. Both batting good and showing no signs of lapse of concentration even after lunch break. How long can this pair carry on?

  • 12:23 PM IST

    Live: Australia 230/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 104, Shaun Marsh 110: And that is lunch on Day 3 of the 3rd Test. SL have not got any breakthrough in the enitre morning session as both the batsmen, Marsh and Smith, have got to their respective hundreds. This is Steven Smith’s 7th Test ton after being appointed as AUS’s Test captain whereas it is his 15th ton overall. The 2nd wicket stand is at 214. How much will they add on after the break? Will SL get some momentum back in the second session? Join us after the break.

  • 12:03 PM IST

    Live: Australia 235/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 104, Shaun Marsh 110: And that’s lunch! Australia are in command at the break. Both Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith too have scored centuries and Australia now trail Sri Lanka by just 120 runs. Crucial second session for both teams coming up. Join us then!

  • 11:38 AM IST

    Live: Australia 225/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 99, Shaun Marsh 106: AUS looking to make a mockery of the SL total. Marsh has reached his fourth Test ton, second against Sri Lanka. He is looking set for few more milestones as skipper Smith is batting on 99. Smith has a knack of scoring big centuries and will he do the same today?

  • 11:11 AM IST

    Live: Australia 198/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 84, Shaun Marsh 94: The duo have added 177 runs together for the second wicket. Marsh closing on his hundred whereas Smith is batting at 84. What a comeback this has been for Marsh. He is not only nearing his fourth Test ton but also scripting a great fightback by Australia in the last Test.

  • 10:55 AM IST

    Live: Australia 185/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 78, Shaun Marsh 87: No issues for both the batsmen as of now. Marsh survived a close call few overs back when he tried to sweep Dilwuran Perera. He has been playing that shot way too back it seems. Can cost hi his wicket as he is nearing another Test ton.

  • 10:43 AM IST

    Live: Australia 176/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 77, Shaun Marsh 79: AUS happy to take it slow at the moment. Both the players have looked comfortable against Angelo Mathews’ ploy of bringing on his spinners early in the proceedings. Marsh has used his sweep shot a lot since the play started and has been effective as of now. Will both of them get a century? Smith has a habit of getting one in every series.

  • 10:30 AM IST

    Live: Australia 171/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 77, Shaun Marsh 74: There have been half chances, here and there, for the hosts so far on Day Three but Australia have still managed to not lose any wicket. The partnership between Smith and Marsh stands at 150 runs, with both looking comfortable at the crease. Big score on the cards?

  • 10:17 AM IST

    Live: Australia 156/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 69, Shaun Marsh 67: Marsh is taking his time and has all the time in the world too, at the moment. Smith playing a little freely compared to his partner. A big one is due from the skipper and he looks set for a ton.

  • 10:12 AM IST

    Live: Australia 150/1 vs Sri Lanka– Steven Smith 63, Shaun Marsh 67: Shaun Marsh and captain Steven Smith start the proceedings for visitors. They are trailing SL by 205 runs at the moment. The partnership for the second wicket is at 129 runs. Both the players looking well set but this is a new day. Will Herath produce the breakthrough for the hosts?