COLOMBO (Reuters) – Dinesh Chandimal’s unbeaten 153 helped Sri Lanka stretch their lead to 135 on day 4 of the second test towards Australia in Galle on Monday.
Five of Sri Lanka’s prime six batsmen smashed 50-plus scores because the hosts reached 499-8 at lunch on the Galle International Stadium.
Prabath Jayasuriya, who marked his test debut by claiming 6-118, was but to open his account.
Chandimal’s affected person knock included 12 fours and a six.
After the hosts resumed on 431-6, Mitchell Swepson trapped Ramesh Mendis, then on 26, plumb in entrance of the wicket.
Australia’s lbw attraction, nevertheless, was turned down and the vacationers couldn’t problem the choice having wasted all three opinions on Sunday.
Mitchell Starc lastly ended the 68-run stand quickly after the primary hour’s play, swinging again a fuller supply to take away Mendis lbw for 29.
Pat Cummins uprooted Maheesh Thiksana’s off-stump for his first wicket of the match however their lack of ability to shortly polish off the tail means Australia will face a frightening activity batting final on this pitch.
Sri Lanka opener Pathum Nissanka examined constructive for COVID-19 and was substituted by Oshada Fernando, who had performed an identical position when Angelo Mathews examined constructive in the course of the collection opener.
(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; enhancing by Peter Rutherford)