11.1: D Perera to Warner, FOUR! CRACKING STROKE! Warner is on the rampage! Floats it up outside off, Warner charges down the track and crunches it through the covers as the ball rockets to the fence.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 16(25b 3*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 6-1-33-1
10.6: R Herath to Smith, No run.
10.5: R Herath to Smith, No run.
10.4: R Herath to Smith, Smith dances down the track and decides to defend it.
10.3: R Herath to Smith, Around middle and leg this time, spins significantly. Smith had no choice but to play at it and he gets beaten all ends up.
10.2: R Herath to Smith, That’s a ripper! Herath tosses it up outside off, Smith plays at it but the ball takes sharp turn and beats Smith convincingly.
10.1: R Herath to Warner, Around off, Warner goes back and defends it towards cover point for a single.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 16(20b 3*4 0*6)Dilruwan Perera 5-0-22-2
9.6: D Perera to S Smith, Flighted fuller outside off, blocked off the front foot towards point.
9.5: D Perera to Warner, HAD TO HURRY! Flighted outside off, Warner pushes at it with soft hands as the ball goes off the outer half towards point for a quick single.
9.4: D Perera to Warner, Floats it up on middle and leg, Warner leans into it and defends it well.
9.3: D Perera to Warner, Drops it a bit short outside off, punched off the back foot to cover-point.
9.2: D Perera to Smith, Floats it up on middle and leg, Smith steps out and clips it to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Perera switches to around the wicket.
9.1: D Perera to Smith, FOUR! SHOT! Lovely from Smith! Flighted full outside off, Smith steps out to drive it sweetly through extra cover as the ball races to the fence. Very positive start from the Aussies this morning.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 11(17b 2*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 5-1-32-1
8.6: R Herath to Smith, Similar delivery, Smith steps down the track and hits it to mid on for a single.
8.5: R Herath to Smith, FOUR! WRISTY SHOT! Tossed up around middle, Smitch dances down the track and flicks it uppishly through mid-wicket. That was timed well and the ball runs down to the boundary quickly. Good stuff from Smith!
8.4: R Herath to Warner, Flighted delivery, Warner advances down the track and hits it straight down to Herath who fumbles and allows the batsmen to come through for a quick single.
8.3: R Herath to Warner, Tossed up outside off, Warner looks to play it off the front foot but the ball hits the rough and turns sharpy, takes an inside edge of his bat and hits him on the pads.
8.2: R Herath to Warner, FOUR! Tossed up around middle, Warner goes down on one knee and paddle sweeps it through fine leg for a crafty boundary!
8.1: R Herath to Warner, Flat and shortish around middle, Warner goes deep into the crease and punches it through the covers for a couple.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 6(15b 1*4 0*6)Dilruwan Perera 4-0-16-2
7.6: D Perera to Smith, Flighted on off, Smith reaches out and works it to the leg side.
7.5: D Perera to Warner, Drifting away on a length outside off, Warner drives it towards deep point for a single.
7.4: D Perera to Smith, Flighted on middle and off, Smith uses his feet and clips it to deep square leg for a single.
7.3: D Perera to Smith, Two Leg byes! Floats up the off break on middle and leg, Smith goes across to flick but the ball goes off the pads down the leg side to fine leg. A couple of leg byes taken.
7.2: D Perera to Warner, Floats it up on off, Warner looks to work across the line and gets a leading edge through the legs of silly point for a single.
7.1: D Perera to Warner, FOUR! SMASHED! Warner isn’t going to hold back for sure! Floats it up around off, Warner steps out to convert that into a low full toss and drills it through wide mid off for a boundary.
It shall be DILRUWAN PERERA to bowl from the other end.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 5(12b 1*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 4-1-20-1
6.6: R Herath to Smith, Around off, spins a bit. Smith goes back and defends it confidently.
6.5: R Herath to Smith, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
6.4: R Herath to Smith, Flighted delivery, Smith gets to the pitch of the delivery and blocks it.
6.3: R Herath to Smith, FOUR! THAT’S THE FIRST BOUNDARY OF THE DAY! Flatter and shorter around middle, Smith goes back and glides it behind square leg for a well worked boundary.
6.2: R Herath to Smith, Tossed up around middle, Smith advances and plays it to mid-wicket.
6.1: R Herath to Smith, Floated around off, Smith leans forward and defends it solidly.
The players and umpires are out there in the middle. STEVEN SMITH and DAVID WARNER to resume their overnight stand. Crucial first session for the Australians. It shall be the wily RANGANA HERATH to start proceedings on day 3.
PITCH REPORT – Russel Arnold feels that the track is dry and there are some cracks developing but insists that it is still decent to bat on. The Australians have more often been undone by the odd turning ball as that has affected their approach to the straighter balls. Ends by saying that the approach will be key for the tourists.Hello and welcome to the day three coverage. Sri Lanka need 7 wickets to take an unassailable lead in the series. The Australians need another massive 388 runs to level the series and the way they have played spin this series, that looks a long, long way away. One can’t help but feel that it’s only a matter of time before Sri Lanka complete the formalities today. However, heroes are born from such situations. Can Australia find theirs? Stay tuned as the action isn’t far away.
…..DAY 3, SESSION 1…..
That completes our coverage of an action-packed day. Tomorrow in all probability could be the final day of this match unless Australia produce a superhuman batting effort. Another 388 runs needed with 7 wickets left. No prizes for guessing who the favorites are to win from here on. Tune in at 1000 IST tomorrow for the day 3 action. Until then, it’s goodbye from us.Just 6 overs were left for the Australians to survive but they ended up losing 3 wickets in the brief period. Burns departed cheaply to Herath while D.Perera removed nightwatchman Lyon and Khawaja off successive balls. Warner attacked and Smith hung in there to prevent further damage but the writing is surely on the wall for the Australians. Their batsmen just haven’t been able to adjust to the turning pitches.Sri Lanka were rattled early in their second innings as they lost three early wickets before lunch but their middle and lower order chipped in to ensure that the lead sailed past the 400-run mark. D.Perera followed up his bowling efforts with a half-century with help from Mathews, K.Perera and de Silva. Starc was once again the star for the Aussies with a 6-wicket haul. The spinners disappointed big time for the tourists.That completes a fast-paced day of Test match cricket with a whopping 21 wickets falling. Sri Lanka are in the driver’s seat and are poised to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. It all began in the bizarre morning session with 11 wickets falling, 8 of them Australians as the visitors slipped from 54/2 overnight to a paltry 106 all out. Herath’s hat-trick was the highlight for the Lankans with him and D.Perera finishing with 4 wickets apiece.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 1(6b 0*4 0*6)Dilruwan Perera 3-0-9-2
5.6: D Perera to Smith, CLOSE SHAVE FOR SMITH! Floats it up on a length on leg, Smith goes back to flick and the ball just flies past the forward short leg fielder for a brisk single. THAT SHALL BE STUMPS ON DAY 2.
Last ball of the day coming up. More close in fielders swoop in on Smith.
5.5: D Perera to Smith, Flighted on middle and off, Smith steps out and drives it back to the bowler.
5.4: D Perera to Smith, Flatter on middle and leg, tucked to the leg side.
5.3: D Perera to Warner, Fuller on off, clipped through mid-wicket for a single.
5.2: D Perera to Warner, Fuller on off, David uses his feet to work it away and gets a leading edge to the off side.
5.1: D Perera to Warner, Fuller on off, Warner steps out to drive and gets an inside edge on to the pads.
Last over of the day coming up.
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 0(3b 0*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 3-1-16-1
4.6: Herath to Smith, Fullish delivery, Smith leans forward and gets beaten and the ball hits him low on the pad. There is loud appeal from the Sri Lankans but the umpire is unmoved. That looked close to the naked eye!
4.5: R Herath to Warner, Warner flicks it through square leg for a single.
4.4: R Herath to Warner, The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
4.3: R Herath to Warner, FOUR! Floated outside off, Warner reverse sweeps it down towards third man for a well crafted boundary! That’s three boundaries on the trot for Warner!
4.2: R Herath to Warner, FOUR! Outside off, Warner dances down the wicket again and drives it beautifully through the covers for a superb boundary!
4.1: R Herath to Warner, FOUR! Tossed up outside off, Warner advances down the wicket and drives it down the wicket for a boundary!
BatsmanBowlerSteven Smith 0(2b 0*4 0*6)Dilruwan Perera 2-0-7-2
3.6: D Perera to Smith, Floats it up outside off, Smith steps out to that one and pushes it back to the bowler.
3.5: D Perera to Smith, Fuller on off, driven firmly towards mid on. Keeps out the hat-trick ball.
STEVEN SMITH walks out to bat. He’ll face the hat-trick ball.
3.4: D Perera to Khawaja, OUT! CLEANED HIM UP! Sri Lanka are in a hurry to finish this game it seems. Slider around off, Khawaja goes forward and leaves it alone as he expects it to turn but it doesn’t. Skids through after pitching to make a mess of the stumps. Golden duck for Khawaja and Perera is on a hat-trick now.
USMAN KHAWAJA walks out to bat.
3.3: D Perera to N Lyon, OUT! PERERA STRIKES! Flighted off break outside off, Lyon lunges into it to push as the ball lobs towards silly point where Silva takes it low diving to his left. There seemed to be bat pad but the umpires aren’t sure if the catch is clean. Replays show that there is faint bit of bat after the ball hit the pad first and Silva did well to take the catch cleanly as well. So, the nightwatchman departs without troubling the scorers.
Lyon seems to be caught at silly point. The umpires are checking if the catch is clean.
3.2: D Perera to D Warner, Slider on off, Warner plays for the turn but that one skids on off the deck. Gets a faint inside edge on to the pads and goes down the leg side for a single.
3.1: D Perera to Warner, Flatter outside off, Warner tries to cut but is beaten.
BatsmanBowlerNathan Lyon 0(6b 0*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 2-0-3-1
2.6: R Herath to Lyon, Lyon presents the full face of the bat and defends it off his front foot.
2.5: R Herath to Lyon, Quicker one and rushes Lyon on the crease. He strides in at the last moment and does well to keep it out.
2.4: R Herath to Lyon, Flighted delivery around off, Lyon leans forward and defends it.
2.3: R Herath to Lyon, Floated outside off, holds its line. Lyon pokes at it and gets beaten.
2.2: R Herath to Lyon, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
2.1: R Herath to Lyon, Tossed up outside off, turns sharply. Lyon lets it go through.
BatsmanBowlerDavid Warner 7(8b 1*4 0*6)Dilruwan Perera 1-0-6-0
1.6: D Perera to Warner, Drifting away outside off, jabbed from the crease towards point.
1.5: D Perera to Warner, Floats it up outside off, David gets back and blocks it out.
1.4: D Perera to Warner, FOUR! CRUNCHED! Short and outside off, can’t bowl there to Warner as he rocks back to slap to the deep cover fence for a boundary.
1.3: D Perera to Warner, Floats it up on a length outside off, cut away to the off side.
1.2: D Perera to Warner, Flatter on to the pads, Warner gets back to that one and clips it through mid-wicket for a brace.
1.1: Perera to Warner, Fuller on leg stump, Warner misses the flick and is struck on the pads.
DILRUWAN PERERA to share the new ball.
The nightwatchman NATHAN LYON walks out to bat.
BatsmanBowlerJoe Burns 2(4b 0*4 0*6)Rangana Herath 1-0-3-1
0.6: R Herath to Burns, OUT! CAUGHT! Floated around off, Burns advances down the track and pushes it uppishly straight to Dhananjay de Silva who takes an easy catch! That was loose from Burns and he falls in the first over again in this test match. He would be kicking himself!
0.5: R Herath to Burns, Flighted delivery around off, Burns gets to the pitch of the ball and defends it.
0.4: R Herath to Burns, Floated outside off, Burns steps down the wicket and pushes it through the covers for a couple.
0.3: R Herath to Burns, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
0.2: R Herath to D Warner, Tossed up again in the same channel, Warner defends it hesitantly and the ball rolls off through the slip cordon and the batsmen run a single.
0.1: R Herath to Warner, Tossed up on middle and leg, Warner leans forward and defends it