Shaun Marsh and Michael Hussey both scored centuries on a rain-truncated third day of the second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Pallekele.
Marsh, making his debut, converted his overnight 87 to an impressive 141 while Hussey powered his way to 142 before the tourists closed on 411 for seven.
Marsh and Hussey put on 258 for the fourth wicket but after Sri Lanka fought back to take four wickets on the day, no play was possible after an early tea was taken.
It was Thilan Samaraweera who finally broke the partnership when Hussey was caught by Kumar Sangakkara and Marsh fell when he was caught by Sangakkara off Suranga Lakmal.
Brad Haddin (1) and Mitchell Johnson (0) fell to consecutive Suraj Randiv deliveries but Sri Lanka were unable to make any further impression with Usman Khawaja unbeaten on 13 and Ryan Harris on nine when the rain arrived.
Australia are replying to Sri Lanka's score of 174 which took them just over 60 overs on the opening day after they had won the toss and chose to bat.
Australia lead the three-match series 1-0.
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