Canberra: Usman Khawaja found his scoring touch and fast bowler Mitchell Starc returned to his fiery best as Australia moved within sight of victory in the second test against Sri Lanka at the Manuka Oval on Sunday.
After Australia, on course for a first series win since beating England early last year, set the tourists an improbable 516 for victory openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne survived some nervy moments to take Sri Lanka to 17 before bad light ended the third day's play early.
Starc picked up his 10th five-wicket haul - his first since his 5-34 against South Africa in Durban last March - as Australia bundled out Sri Lanka for 215 to take a first-innings lead of 319.
Australia, who won the opening test in Brisbane by an innings and 40 runs, did not get off to an extraordinary begin in their second innings as they lost Marcus Harris, Joe Burns and Marnus Labuschagne inexpensively.
Be that as it may, Khawaja and first-innings centurion Travis Head consolidated for a remain of 159 as Australia pronounced their second innings shut on 196-3.
Skipper Tim Paine called the batsmen in after Khawaja finished his eighth test hundred.
The left-hander delighted in the occasion, having scored just a single fifty in the home summer. He stayed unbeaten on 101 while Head made 59 not out.
Prior, Starc, who got the wicket of Sri Lanka chief Dinesh Chandimal on day two, bowled with pace and animosity to get the initial two to fall on Sunday, at that point returned after lunch to finish the tail and completion with figures of 5-54.
Kusal Perera did not come back to bat for the visiting side in the wake of being hit on his head protector and leaving the field.
In the wake of opening batsman Karunaratne was compelled to resign hurt on the second day in the wake of being hit by a Pat Cummins bouncer on the back of his neck, the ball was in Perera's court to leave the field on the third morning.
He resigned hurt on 29 after a hit to his protective cap by quick bowler Jhye Richardson while endeavoring to dodge under a short conveyance. He took the effect flush in favor of his cap with the neck defender taking off.
The left-hander kept batting after twice being taken care of by the group specialist yet at long last strolled off an over later.
Karunaratne came back to the wrinkle after Perera's flight and finished an abrasive 50 years before edging Starc to Kurtis Patterson at ravine to be out for 59.
Starc took 15 wickets in five tests amid the India arrangement and the opener against Sri Lanka however confronted substantial analysis for some wayward bowling that incited calls for Paine to take the new ball off his hands.
The tall left-arm speedy was back taking care of business on Sunday, in any case, and tried the batsmen with short-pitched conveyances, one of which represented Dhananjaya de Silva.
The batsman lost his parity while going for a draw shot and wound up dislodging a safeguard with his bat to be out for 25. Starc expelled Dilruwan Perera and Vishwa Fernando in his first over after lunch to finish his initial five-wicket pull.