Sri Lanka have edge as rain halts Aussie chase
Pallekele, Sri Lanka: Rain and terrible light constrained umpires to call another early end to play in the principal Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Pallekele on Friday, with the guests dubiously put at 83 for three in their 268-run pursue.
Australia require another 185 keeps running for triumph to lead the pack in the three-match arrangement after play couldn’t be continued after tea on day four in a match that has as of now been gravely hit by downpour.
Lanka’s forefront spinners, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perea and Lakshan Sandakan stowed a wicket each to put the Aussies in a bad position before captain Steven Smith (26 not out) steadied the boat.
A great lady century by Kusal Mendis (176) brought Sri Lanka again into the diversion after the hosts lingered behind the main Test side for the initial three days.
Sri Lanka, beginning Friday on 282 for six, oversaw 353 in their second innings to turn things to support them against firm top choices Australia.
Sri Lanka 117 and 353 hard and fast in 93.4 overs (Kusal Mendis 176, Dinesh Chandimal 42; Mitchell Starc 4-84)
Australia 203 and 83/3 in 27 overs (Steven Smith 26 not out, Adam Voges 9 not out; Rangana Herath 1-35, Lakshan Sandakan 1-13)