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Kaushal Silva century puts Sri Lanka in the driver's seat

Kaushal Silva scored a century despite batting with stitches on his hand.
Kaushal Silva scored a century despite batting with stitches on his hand.
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Sri Lanka 355 & 312-8 (Silva 115) v
Australia 379 (Shaun 130)
Third Test, day four, Colombo

A patient century from Kaushal Silva pushed Sri Lanka to 312 for eight at stumps on day four of the third Test against Australia in Colombo, extending the team’s lead to 288 runs with two wickets in hand.

Sri Lanka began on the overnight score of 22 for one. Nathan Lyon (4-123) and Mitchell Starc (2-58) troubled Sri Lanka at the start of the first session and built the pressure. This resulted in Lyon having Dimuth Karunaratne (22) stumped in the 14th over.

An over later, Lyon had Silva (115) out lbw but the batsman survived after a review showed that the ball was missing the stumps.

Four overs later, Australia went up for a review against Kusal Perera (24) for a caught behind. After watching many replays, the third umpire reversed the onfield call of not-out.

Australia continued to chip away at the wickets column as Starc trapped Kusal Mendis (18) LBW. Angelo Mathews (26) and Silva took Sri Lanka to the lunch break with the score at 109 for four.

In the second session, Mathews and Silva took their partnership past the 50-run mark. A little while after Silva completed a fluent fifty, Mathews was undone by Lyon and was caught in the slip cordon.

With the ball beginning to reverse, Australia seemed like they had a chance to clean up the lower order but Dinesh Chandimal (43) and Silva came up with a solid 90-run stand which put Sri Lanka in a strong position at the tea break with the score at 187 for five.

In the final session, the run rate went up slightly as Sri Lanka’s lead went past the 200-run mark. Silva reached his third Test ton in the 79th over.

However, in the next over, Chandimal was trapped on the pads by Lyon. The original call was not out but Australia successfully reviewed it.

Six overs after taking the second new ball, Jon Holland (2-72) struck with the wicket of Silva. A little while later, Lyon took his fourth scalp by removing Rangana Herath (5).

Suranga Lakmal (0 not out) joined hands with Dhananjaya de Silva (44 not out) and took Sri Lanka to the end of the day’s play with the score at 312 for eight.

Sri Lanka stretched their lead to 288 runs with two wickets in hand.

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