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Herath's six-wicket haul limits Australia after Smith, Marsh centuries

Rangana Herath picked another six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka
Rangana Herath picked another six-wicket haul for Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka 355 & 22-1 (Karunaratne 8no) v
Australia 379 (Shaun 130)
Third Test, day three, Colombo

After Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith struck fluent centuries, Rangana Herath’s six-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka bowl Australia out for 379 runs in their first innings on day three of the third Test in Colombo.

Later on, Mitchell Starc accounted for Dilruwan Perera as Sri Lanka scored 22 for one in their second innings from five overs and ended the third day trailing Australia by two runs with nine wickets in hand.

Australia resumed on the overnight score of 141 for one. Early in the day, Shaun (130) was handed a reprieve when Angelo Mathews (0-5) dropped a tough chance in the slip cordon.

As the Sri Lankan spinners rushed through their overs, Smith (119) and Shaun continued scoring at a decent nick, taking Australia past the 200-run mark in the 63rd over.

Shaun completed his hundred a few minutes later and soon came up the 200-run stand between the pair. It was the first stand of 200 or more for Australia in Asia since 2011.

Soon, Smith also went past his hundred and Australia went into the lunch break with the score at 235 for one.

In the third session, Australia were largely untroubled until Sri Lanka took the second new ball. Straight away, Shaun edged a Suranga Lakmal (1-54) delivery to gully but it was put down.

However, Lakmal castled Shaun in his next over while Herath (6-81) had Smith stumped in the 86th.

Moises Henriques (4) failed to make an impact on his Test comeback but Mitchell Marsh (53) kept the runs flowing from one end. Mitchell and Adam Voges (22) took Australia to 316 for four at tea.

The third session began with Herath trapping Voges LBW. Peter Nevill (14) was also given out LBW an over later, but he successfully reviewed it and the call was overturned after an inside edge was spotted.

A brief rain interruption later, Dilruwan (2-129) removed Nevill but Mitchell kept fighting from one end and soon went past his fifty.

Australia lost Mitchell, Nathan Lyon (3), Josh Hazlewood (0) and Jon Holland (1) in the space of seven overs as Herath completed his six-wicket haul. Australia were bowled out for 379 runs in 125.1 overs and managed to take a slender lead of 24 runs.

Dilruwan (8) began the innings with two boundaries in the first three balls but Starc (1-19) dismissed him LBW in the very first over.

Kaushal Silva (6 not out) and Dimuth Karunaratne (8 not out) saw out the remaining four overs in the day and took Sri Lanka to 22 for one at stumps on day three.

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