Day three of the first test saw Sri Lanka demolish Australia after a massive 169 runs made by Kusal Mendis.
After only making 117 runs in 34.2 overs in the first innings, Sri Lanka clawed their way back into the match and sat on 6/282 at Pallakelle, with Australia yet to bat in the second innings.
Sri Lanka are currently in front by 196 runs while Australia need to claim another four wickets. Mendis will go back to the crease today and is expected to claim his maiden double century. Mendis tore into the Australian bowling, cracking 20 fours, brought up his century with a six and brought up his 150 with another boundary.
Australia had a day of differences. Spinner Nathan Lyon claimed his 200th test wicket and his second of the innings when he dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva for 36. However, they lost Steve O’Keefe, who suffered a hamstring injury and hobbled off the pitch.
Australia will need to dismiss Mendis early today if it hopes to retain any chance of winning this match. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Kusal Mendis raising the bat in celebration yesterday from Sri Lanka Cricket’s Twitter feed.