Saturday 5 January 2013 

Wade Century Gets Australia Closer To Clean Sweep

Wade Century Gets Australia Closer To Clean Sweep
Wade Century Gets Australia Closer To Clean Sweep
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Sri Lanka 294 & 225-7 (Karunaratne 85) v
Australia 432-9 dec. (Wade 102no)
Third Test, Sydney, day three
Scorecard | Day One | Day Two
Report by John Pennington

Matthew Wade scored his second Test century and Mitchell Johnson took a brace of wickets as Australia moved nearer to a victory on day three of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Wade was unbeaten on 102 when Australia declared on 432 for seven - a lead of 138 - before Sri Lanka closed on 225 for seven, with a modest lead of 87.

Wade began the day on 47 and quickly moved onto his half-century but with excellent support from Victoria team-mate Peter Siddle (38), he was able to play confidently, hitting nine fours in his 159-ball knock.

Siddle helped him add 77 for the seventh wicket and although Rangana Herath (4-95) dismissed Mitchell Starc (4) and Nathan Lyon (2), ensuring some nervy moments for Wade as he approached three figures, Jackson Bird hung around for long enough, making six, for the wicket-keeper to register his first century on home soil.

The declaration gave Sri Lanka a couple of sessions to try to get back into the lead and although they managed it, they paid a high price - six top-order wickets and that of Dammika Prasad, leaving Dinesh Chandimal unbeaten on 22.

Dimuth Karunaratne scored an excellent 85 in 109 balls, with 10 fours and a six, as he and Mahela Jayawardene (60) put on 108 together for the second wicket to overcome the early departure of Tillakaratne Dilshan for five.

Karunaratne's dismissal was soon followed by that of Lahiru Thirimanne (7) and Thilan Samaraweera (0) as Sri Lanka edged into the lead.

Angelo Mathews was run out for 16 and with no addition to the score, the hammer blow came when Jayawardene was caught by Michael Clarke off Siddle, having faced 128 balls.

Sri Lanka battled past 200 before Prasad was caught behind off Mitchell Starc, leaving Chandimal to see out the day alongside Herath, who had seven when stumps were drawn.

Australia lead the series 2-0 and will be expected to wrap up a 3-0 clean sweep early on the fourth day. With even the draw looking out of Sri Lanka's reach, their wait for a Test win in Australia looks set to continue.

© Cricket World 2013

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