Honours even after Herath’s five-fer


Day three of the third Test between Sri Lank and Australia was a fairly even one in the end, as the hosts ended the day on 22 for one, just two runs behind, after Rangana Herath again bamboozled the visitors.

Centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith, and a half ton from Mitchell Marsh, were the highlights for the Aussies as they made 379, but Herath's five-fer made sure that they fell from 267 for one to all out a little over 100 runs later.

As such, Australia held a small lead of 24 runs, given Sri Lanka made 355 in their first dig. Dilruwan Perera, the nightwatchman, was the wicket to fall in the late afternoon, to Mitchell Starc.

The day began with Smith and Shaun Marsh in the middle and well set in the 60s, and they continued to do well. Marsh's ton came off 214 balls, while Smith's came off 179, and both were still batting at lunch.

But both departed soon after the interval, within 16 balls of each other. Marsh fell to Suranga Lakmal, bowled, and then Smith was stumped by Kusal Perera off Herath. Moises Henriques was stumped a few balls later too.

This left the younger Marsh to rally the tail, and he did so for a while with Peter Nevill at the other end. But Nevill fell for 14 to Dilruwan, and the rest of the lower order were all removed for single figures.

This left Sri Lanka needing to bat for five overs before stumps, and they sent Dilruwan in to open. He struck two nifty fours before Starc got annoyed and trapped him plumb in front before the first over concluded.

Sri Lanka have already won the series and lead two nil.