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Sri Lanka set Australia Test target of 268

Sri Lanka set Australia Test target of 268

PALLEKELE: Australia were set an objective of 268 to win the downpour hit first Test in the wake of knocking down some pins out Sri Lanka for 353 in their second innings on the fourth day in Pallekele Friday.

Sri Lanka, 282 for six overnight, lost top run-scorer Kusal Mendis (176) in the morning session, which went on for only 45 conveyances because of downpour and terrible light.

Number nine batsman Rangana Herath then offered some great resistance with his 34-ball 35, including six limits, to baffle the meeting knocking down some pins assault in a diversion which looks equitably adjusted.

Australian pace initiate Mitchell Starc, who took the prized wicket of Mendis, drove the accuse of four wickets as new ball accomplice Josh Hazlewood and off-spinner Nathan Lyon stowed two each.

Brief Scores:

Sri Lanka 117 and 353 hard and fast in 93.4 overs (Kusal Mendis 176, Dinesh Chandimal 42; Mitchell Starc 4-84)

Australia 203 hard and fast in 79.2 overs (Adam Voges 47; Rangana Herath 4-49, Lakshan Sandakan 4-58)