Steve Smith is leading Australia on their tour to Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)
Steve Smith is leading Australia on their tour to Sri Lanka © Getty Images (File Photo)

Australia captain Steven Smith crossed the 4,000-run mark in Test cricket, while batting against Sri Lanka on Day Two of the third Test in Colombo. He is also the fourth fastest Australian to do so. Smith came out to bat after the departure of David Warner, who came out with an attacking approach, but departed for just 11 (9) as the score read 21-1. Smith has scored 14 hundreds and 17 fifties in his career so far. Before the Colombo Test, the 27-year old had 3,972 runs in 43 Test matches. He has an impressive average of 58. He has a highest score of 215. Smith has not had the best of series’ with the bat so far. He had only 120 runs from four innings with a fifty at Pallekele in the second innings. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

Earlier, defiant centuries from Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva helped Sri Lanka post a challenging 355 all out against Australia on the second day of the third and final Test in Colombo on Sunday. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: Sri Lanka vs Australia, 3rd Test at Colombo

Chandimal’s overnight partner Dhananjaya de Silva advanced from 116 to 129 before falling in the first hour, but not before the pair had rescued the innings with a 211-run partnership.

Their sixth-wicket stand lifted Sri Lanka from a precarious 26 for five to a position of strength at the Sinhalese Sports Club ground, as the hosts look to complete a 3-0 series whitewash.

Chandimal top-scored with a gritty 132 before being caught behind off Mitchell Starc, who took five wickets, as the Sri Lankan innings folded in the afternoon session. Chandimal, who recorded his seventh Test ton, put together another crucial 73-run partnership with Rangana Herath, who made a brave 33 before being retired hurt.

(With inputs from AFP)