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De Silva, Chandimal resist Australian dominance on day one

Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 64.
Dinesh Chandimal remained unbeaten on 64.
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Sri Lanka 214-5 (de Silva 116 no) v Australia
Third Test, day one, Colombo

Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal shared an unbeaten 188-run stand for the sixth wicket helping Sri Lanka reach 214 for five at stumps on day one after an early collapse saw the home side struggle at 26 for five in the third Test against Australia in Colombo.

Sri Lanka won the toss and elected to bat first with Suranga Lakmal replacing Vishwa Fernando while Australia replaced Usman Khawaja and Joe Burns with Shaun Marsh and Moises Henriques.

Sri Lanka managed to score just two runs in the first five overs and the pressure eventually got the better of Kaushal Silva (0) as he edged one of the bowling off Mitchell Starc (3-47) to the slips.

Nathan Lyon (2-72) was introduced as early as in the fifth over and in the 12th over of the day, he induced an edge of Kusal Perera (16), which was caught brilliantly by Steven Smith at first slip.

Things went from bad to worse for the home side as Starc and Lyon struck thrice in two overs to dismiss Dimuth Karunaratne (7), Kusal Mendis (1) and Angelo Mathews (1) leaving Sri Lanka reeling at 26 for five.

Three overs later, Australia reviewed a catch at short leg against de Silva (116 not out) but replays indicated that the ball had missed the bat completely much to the respite of the Sri Lankans. Both Chandimal (64 not out) and de Silva took Sri Lanka to 55 for five at lunch.

Three overs into the second session, Chandimal managed to score two boundaries off the outside edge with Starc being the unlucky bowler.

The momentum began to shift slowly as de Silva plundered Starc for three boundaries in the 33rd over to bring the 50-run stand with Chandimal. De Silva soon reached his maiden Test fifty with a boundary, needing 94 deliveries for it and moments later Australia reviewed a LBW decision unsuccessfully against him.

The duo brought the 100-run stand in the 54th over making it the second time in the history of the game, a pair has reached such a milestone after being 26 for five. Sri Lanka went into tea at 141 for five.

Australia bowled with extreme discipline at the start of the final session allowing Sri Lanka to score just 19 runs in the first 11 overs, but with a boundary in the 75th over, de Silva and Chandimal brought the highest partnership for the sixth wicket against Australia in Tests which is 146 runs.

The runs continued to come lot more freely in the final hour of the play with Chandimal scoring a determined half-century and in the next over de Silva brought his maiden Test ton.

The second new ball was taken immediately when it was available and Shaun provided a reprieve for de Silva when he dropped him at short cover off Starc.

With their unbeaten 188-run stand, Chandimal and de Silva took Sri Lanka to 214 for five at stumps on day one, leaving Australia wicketless in the final two sessions.

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