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  • 5:23 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 312/8 vs Australia – Suranga Lakmal 0, Dhananjaya de Silva 44: Sri Lanka end the day on a high! They are ahead by 288 runs and have a great opportunity to inflict a clean sweep over Australia. It’s stumps on the fourth day, and we will have to wait to see if the hosts decide to declare overnight.

  • 4:52 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 276/6 vs Australia – Rangana Herath 0, Dhananjaya de Silva 17: WICKET! Australia finally have something to smile about as late in the day, they have the batsman who kept defying them throughout. Kausal Silva has been caught in the first slip after a splendid innings of 115, off 269 balls which has taken Sri Lanka to a commanding position.

  • 4:42 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 270/6 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 109, Dhananjaya de Silva 17: Australia have taken the new ball but they have not been able to create any impact with it. Dhananjaya de Silva is batting in the same manner as he was in the first innings, cracking boundaries at will and giving his tired partner enough room to breathe. Sri Lanka’s lead in the second innings is of 246 runs now.

  • 4:15 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 246/6 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 103: And just when Sri Lanka thought they were cruising, Nathan Lyon has provided a jolt to them. He comes around the wicket, pitches one in line of leg stump that straightens up and Chandimal fails to get bat on it. The umpire had to reverse the decision when Australia asked for the intervention. Good call.

    OUT! Dinesh Chandimal 39 lbw Nathan Lyon 43 (98)

  • 4:11 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 242/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 103, Dinesh Chandimal 39: Century No. 3 in Test cricket for Kaushal Silva, and Sri Lanka continue to find centurions and keep mauling the Australians. The lead is now inching close to 250 runs, it will not be a surprise if Sri Lanka have that many by the end of the day. But then, Silva has stood like a wall for the Sri Lankans, defying everything that the Australians have thrown at him.

  • 3:50 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 227/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 93, Dinesh Chandimal 34: Sri Lanka have taken their lead in the second innings past 200, and it will be safe to say Australia are being outplayed from the contest here. Silva is nearing a much-deserved century, an Chandimal has resumed in the same mood he was in the first innings.

  • 3:30 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 208/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 83, Dinesh Chandimal 26: Slowly but steadily, Sri Lanka are inching towards a position from where it can be said Australia have been outbatted. The lead is inching close to 200 runs, and if they add another 70 by the end of the day today, Sri Lanka might as well declare and challenge Australia to bat out the final day. Meanwhile, Silva and Chandinmal have added more than 50 runs so far.

  • 2:51 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 187/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 78, Dinesh Chandimal 10: Dinesh Chandimal and Kaushal Silva have taken Sri Lanka to safety at tea, with the overall lead for the hosts surging to a daunting 163 in this third and final Test. Full credit goes to Kaushal Silva, who did not throw away his wicket like the others and has given Sri Lanka an upperhand here.

  • 2:27 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 181/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 74, Dinesh Chandimal 8: Dinesh Chandimal and Kaushal Silva have dropped the anchor and Sri Lanka will want these two to continue till the tea break. Sri Lanka’s lead is past 150 runs now, and runs are flowing in smoothly for the hosts.

  • 1:34 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 156/5 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 57: A big, big wicket for Australia here. Angelo Mathews perishes going for a sweep and getting a top edge, and Nathan Lyon has bagged his second wicket. Australia will be sensing an opening here, they need another 2-3 wickets to put Sri Lanka completely on backfoot.

    OUT! Angelo Mathews c Steven Smith b Nathan Lyon 26 (43)

  • 1:22 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 148/4 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 51, Angelo Mathews 24: Kaushal Silva’s aggressive approach post lunch has helped him raise his 12th half-century in Test cricket. It has been a fine innings from the right-hander, who has done his job well. Sri Lanka find themselves in a much-better position with their lead surging towards 150-run mark.

  • 1:04 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 128/4 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 44, Angelo Mathews 11: Sri Lanka have resumed in a positive mood post lunch, and have taken their lead past 100-run mark in no time. Silva has looked to score runs, which is a contrasting approach keeping in mind how he had batted earlier in the first session. Sri Lanka lead by 104 runs.

  • 12:05 PM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 109/4 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 32, Angelo Mathews 4: So far so good for Silva and Mathews as they have not allowed the tourists to cause any further damage. Sri Lanka take lunch with a lead of 85 runs, knowing that the job is far from done here in the final Test at Colombo. See you soon!

  • 11:37 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 98/4 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 26, Angelo Mathews 0: Big, big wicket for the Australians close to the lunch break. Starc has trapped Mendis right in front of the middle stump on a fuller delivery which the batsman wanted to work on the leg side but missed out to connect. BIG blow this for Sri Lanka, Angelo Mathews is in.

    OUT! Kusal Mendis lbw Mitchell Starc 18 (14)

  • 11:22 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 87/3 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 21, Kusal Mendis 12: For Australia to win this Test, a target less than 150 will be achievable. It means, They will have to spark a batting collapse and not allow the boundaries to flow for Sri Lanka as smoothly as they have so far in the last few overs. Sri Lanka’s present lead is of 63 runs.

  • 11:07 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 69/3 vs Australia – Kaushal Silva 15, Kusal Mendis 0: Live by the sword and die by it. Perera goes for another reverse sweep, this time off Jon Holland, and a short delivery brushes the thick edge of his bat before ricocheting off his hand. All that Peter Nevill had to do was to get in the front and take an easy catch. Sri Lanka in trouble.

    OUT! Kusal Perera c Peter Nevill b Jon Holland 24 (25)

  • 10:58 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 67/2 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 15, Kusal Perera 22: Kusal Perera is taking the attack to the opposition, as he knows Sri Lanka need runs desperately and if he is able to add a few in quick succession, his side will feel a lot more comfortable. The left-hander has so far hit 5 boundaries — two top edges — and has raced to 22 not out. Sri Lanka are ahead by 43 runs at the moment.

  • 10:51 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 57/2 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 14, Kusal Perera 13:

    That was one dramatic wicket for Sri Lanka. Silva was given an lbw and review asked by the Lankans. Well, well, well Sri Lanka can heave sigh of relief. Silva is safe.

    Jon Holland comes next and what, Kusal and Silva are paying it back with three boundaries. That was big over for Sri Lanka bringing their fifty.

  • 10:38 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 44/2 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 14, Kusal Perera 0:

    The dilemma continues for Sri Lanka of wickets crumbling and Karunaratne goes for 22. Quick stumping by Nevill and Lyon gets his first wicket.

    The age old question mark on this opening pair continues. Well, Kusal Perera enters the crease.

  • 10:19 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 34/1 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 6, Dimuth Karunaratne 20:

    Australia are keeping very tight security to get wickets soon. There has been appeals, boundaries so far since 15 minutes.

    Starc or Lyon, none have got the required wickets. This is a good partnership from Karunaratne and Silva, who have been unable to do so over the last few games as opening partners. Another boundary for Karunaratne. Let’s hope this pair shuts the critics with their best game in this series. Dot to end the over.

  • 10:02 AM IST

    Live: Sri Lanka 26/1 vs Australia– Kaushal Silva 6, Dimuth Karunaratne 12:

    Good Morning and what a start for Sri Lanka already. Boundary from the second ball of Lyon by Karunaratne. Oh, slight edge and safe.

    Single to end the over.

Australia

Greetings everyone! Welcome to CricketCountry’s live match coverage of the Day Four of the third Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Tuesday. Day Three has left the game pretty much balanced anything can happen in the next two days as no team has gone out of sight with the match till now. Australia were in complete command of the Day Three with skipper Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh secured their centuries and put up highest partnership of 246 runs to keep their side in the series. It slightly tilted towards the end when Sri Lanka’s veteran Rangana Herath once again claimed the maximum wickets and bowled out Australia for 379. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

Australia took lead of 24 runs and are trailing by just 2 runs. Herath’s six-wicket haul has taken him past legendary Muttiah Muralithran holding 27 wickets against Australia. Skipper Angelo Mathews called Dilruwan Perera up the order along with Dimuth Karunaratne as Kaushal Silva had stitches on his hand. With Mitchell Starc drawing the first blood, Sri Lanka ended their day at 22 for 1 and Kaushal Silva making his way to the crease after Perera was picked for 4. Sri Lanka’s yet another experimentation went into vain.

Sri Lanka’s usual openers will now look to shut the critics and aim for whitewashing the Australians to claim the series title. In contrast, Australian bowlers will bring their A game forward and bowl out Sri Lanka soon to end their campaign on positive note.

Squads:

Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews (c), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Rangana Herath, Lakshan Sandakan, Suranga Lakmal

Australia: David Warner, Shaun Marsh, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Nathan Lyon