Australia will look forward to strengthen their position when they take field against Sri Lanka on the third day of first Test at Pallekele on Thursday. Catch the live cricket score of the first Test between Sri Lanka and Australia from Pallekele here (SCORECARD | PLAY FANTASY CRICKET)Mitchell Starc (C) celebrates with teammates after taking a wicket on Day 2.Sri Lanka were 6/1 after resuming their second innings, before rain washed off the day’s playMitchell Starc gave Australia their first breakthrough when opener Kusal Perera was trapped leg-before for four.Earlier, Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan took four wickets each as Sri Lanka dismissed Australia for 203 in its first innings, giving the visitors a lead of 86 runs.

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5.5
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL MENDIS

Full on off, tucked to mid-wicket.

5.4
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL MENDIS

Perfect length ball outside off, Mendis looks to feel for it but leaves it.

5.3
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL MENDIS

FOUR! Flicked away! Serves it on the pads, Mendis with a cool head over his shoulders flicks it neatly through fine leg for a racy boundary. That was the first boundary of the innings.

5.2
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL MENDIS

Good length ball on off, a good solid block by Mendis.

5.1
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL MENDIS

Some runs! Full ball on off, Mendis plays a cover drive but the ball had no pace on it to reach the ropes. Brace taken.

4.6
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Short ball outside off, left alone.

4.5
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Silva does well to avoid that. Short and on off. A good bouncer after a fuller ball. Silva gets down in a jiffy to let that go to the keeper.

4.4
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

That ball held its line! Full outside off, Silva goes for a drive to that one but misses.

4.3
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL MENDIS

Misfield! Fuller on the pads, Mendis confidently flicks it to mid-wicket. O’Keefe dives for it but fumbles and a run is given. He looks in little discomfort.

4.2
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL MENDIS

Hurls it a bit fuller on off, Mendis off the back foot pushes it tamely to covers.

4.1
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL MENDIS

Length ball on off, angling away. Mendis with the full face of the bat plays it to the off side.

3.6
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Fuller ball on off, angling in. Silva blocks it watchfully.

3.5
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Perfect length ball outside off, Silva shoulders his arms.

3.4
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Bouncer! It is a well placed bouncer, left well to evade it.

3.3
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Tad fuller outside off. pushed to covers.

3.2
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Full ball on off, played to covers.

3.1
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Length ball on off, Silva looks at it and leaves it for the keeper.

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Josh Hazlewood will share the new ball.

2.6
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL MENDIS

Full ball outside off, defended to the off side.

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Kusal Mendis is the new man in.

2.5
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MITCHELL STARC TO DIMUTH KARUNARATNE

OUT! Starc straightaway in action! Full and angling in delivery. Karunaratne strides forward and looks to block it. The ball is angled in and beats him to strike the pads. The fielding side is asking questions for LBW and the umpire raises his dreaded finger. The southpaw goes for a review. The TV umpire checks for a no ball, looks fine. Then sees the pitching of the ball, it was pitched in line and was hitting the leg stump. The decision stays and Karunaratne has to go.

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Karunaratne has been given LBW out but he has taken a review.

2.4
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MITCHELL STARC TO DIMUTH KARUNARATNE

Perfect length ball on off, it nips away after pitching. Karunaratne leaves it for the keeper.

2.3
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MITCHELL STARC TO DIMUTH KARUNARATNE

Peach! Length ball on off, Karunaratne in his defense looks to block it but misses the line completely.

The Australian team is out there on the field with Steven Smith leading the way. Kaushal Silva and Dimuth      Karunaratne will be the Sri Lankan batsmen. Mitchell Starc will begin bowling for today to finish his over of    yesterday’s. Here we go….
Pitch Report – Russel Arnold reckons that the pitch will have uneven bounce as it has cracks. It will assist the  spinners. To end, it is a typical Sri Lankan pitch with the batsman needing proper defense to survive.
Hello and a warm welcome for Day 3 between Sri Lanka and Australia at Pallekele. Sri Lanka are out there for their  second innings and have already lost one wicket just before rain played spoilsport on day 2. As of now we have a  bright and sunny weather and hope for a clear forecast throughout. Also expect full quota of overs. Australia with  their lead over the hosts have an upper hand as of now. We will resume with Sri Lankan’s batting in a bit. Stay tuned.
…Day 3, Session 1…
Folks, once again we will have an early start tomorrow at 0945 IST to cover up for the overs lost on both days. Hope   the weather is good enough so that the cricketing action can go on full fledged. Until next time, it’s goodbye from    us! Cheers!
Update 1550 IST – Twice in a row this has happened now. The rain gods have shown no mercy and it’s continuously  bucketing down in Pallekele. PLAY HAS BEEN CALLED OFF ON DAY 2 AS WELL! Sri Lanka did well today to wrap  up the Aussies with some sheer class bowling from Herath and the debutant Sandakan. The duo was absolutely  thunderous but the tourists still have an upper hand at the end of the day as they gained an 86-run lead and have  also sent Kusal Perera back to the pavilion. The rains then had the last laugh to spoil the final session.
Update 1519 IST – Unfortunately, it has started to rain heavily again and the ground is now fully dressed with the covers on. We’ll keep you informed as and when there are more developments.
Update 1456 IST – Some good news. Rains have lessened out and there’s just a slight drizzle now. The groundsmen  have started to clear the water off the covers now. If things continue this way, play will be resumed shortly. Let’s  hope for the best. Stay tuned for more updates.
An ideal decision has been made by the umpires. Since the conditions aren’t looking pleasant, EARLY TEA HAS  BEEN TAKEN! More than anyone, Kusal Perera will be kicking himself as had he survived Starc’s over, Sri Lanka  would have gone into the break with all 10 wickets in hand. Sri Lanka in early trouble. Let’s hope the weather gets  cleared and we get a full final session. Stay with us for the updates!
Dimuth Karunaratne walked out to bat but has to go back to the dressing room. Not because he’s out or something  but because the dark angry clouds have opened up and the large a number of groundsmen are sprinting in with huge  covers. We have a delay here, maybe a long one.
2.2
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL PERERA

OUT! Starc strikes early on again! Fuller ball on middle and leg. Perera gets beaten by pace as he looks to flick that away. The ball goes on to hit the pads. The appeal for LBW is given out straightaway. The Sri Lankan doesn’t go for the review and starts to walk. The replays show that it was clipping the leg stump. The ploy of sending Perera up the order has failed for the home side.

2.1
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL PERERA

Fuller ball on off, Perera flicks it to mid-wicket.

1.6
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Hurls it on off, played to the ground.

1.5
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Tad fuller on off, defended to the off side.

1.4
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

That was a close one! Short ball on middle and leg, Silva tries to pull that away but it goes from the inner part of the bat towards the slip cordon. Very strange shot.

1.3
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Tad fuller ball on off, Silva strides ahead and defends it well to the off side.

1.2
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KAUSHAL SILVA

length ball outside off, Silva looks at it and leaves it for the keeper.

1.1
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JOSH HAZLEWOOD TO KUSAL PERERA

Full ball on middle and leg, flicked away through mid-wicket for three runs.

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Josh Hazlewood will share the new ball. It has gone very overcast at the moment.

0.6
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Hurls it outside off, Silva looks at it but leaves it for the keeper.

0.5
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Perfect good length ball outside off, Silva shoulders his arms.

0.4
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

Length ball outside off pushed to covers for a brace.

0.3
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MITCHELL STARC TO KAUSHAL SILVA

The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.

0.2
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL PERERA

Hurls it outside off, Perera steers it through covers for a single to get off the mark. Single taken.

0.1
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MITCHELL STARC TO KUSAL PERERA

Length ball outside off, left alone.