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10-Jul-2022 15:38:00 GMT
SL v AUS - 2nd Test, Galle, day 3

Chandimal Century put Sri Lanka Slightly Edge

Sri Lanka 431 for 6 (Chandimal 118*, Karunaratne 86, Kusal Mendis 85, Kamindu Mendis 61, Mathews 52,Starc 2-47, Swepson 2-90, Lyon 2-160) lead Australia 364 (Smith 145*, Labuschagne 104, Jayasuriya 6-118) by 67 runs

Galle: Sri Lanka finished the third day of the second and final Test against Australia at Galle with an upper hand over the visitors, posting a total of 431/6 at the end of the day's play, with century from Dinesh Chandimal and fifties from Angelo Mathews, Kamindu Mendis pushing the hosts 67-runs ahead of Aussies in the game.

At the end of the day, Kamindu Mendis (118*) and Ramesh Mendis (7*) stood unbeaten at the crease.

Sri Lanka resumed the day at 184/2, with Kusal Mendis (84*) and Angelo Mathews (6*) standing unbeaten at the crease.

Spinner Nathan Lyon delivered his side an early breakthrough in the start, trapping Kusal Mendis leg-before-wicket for 85.

Following that, Dinesh Chandimal came to the crease.

Chandimal went on to have an 83-run stand with Mathews. The duo made Aussies struggle for a good period of time, with Mathews bringing up his fifty.

Pacer Mitchell Starc ended the partnership by dismissing Mathews for 52, with Marnus Labuschagne taking a catch at short-leg.

Kamindu Mendis, the all-rounder was next up on the crease. He stitched a 133-run stand with Chandimal, which pushed SL beyond the 400-run mark.

Chandimal brought up his 13th Test ton.

This stand was broken by spinner Mitchell Swepson, who dismissed Mendis for 61 by castling his stumps.

Wicketkeeper-batter Niroshan Dickwella was next on the crease but fell cheaply to Lyon after skipper Pat Cummins caught him at mid-on for 5.

Ramesh Mendis and Chandimal took Lankans through the remainder of the day without any loss of wicket further.

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