Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, 2019
Venue: Manuka Oval, Canberra
Date: 01 February-05 February, 2019
RR: 2.92 | Australia beat Sri Lanka by 366 runs
Vishwa Fernando walks out at number 11.
Tim Paine thinks there is a feather in it, Starc thinks otherwise. The skipper goes for the review and it looked there was nothing off the bat.
Mitchell Starc back on.
Kasun Rajitha is the new man in.
Dilruwan Perera is the new man in. Pat Cummins is also back into the attack.
Time for some leg spin. Marnus Labuschagne to roll his arm over.
Nathan Lyon is called back on to bowl.
Chamika Karunaratne walks out to the middle.
Jhye Richardson to bowl from the other end.
Welcome back for the afternoon session. Kusal Mendis and Dhananjaya de Silva to resume their innings. Mitchell Starc to bowl the first over of the second session. Here we go...
... Day 4, Second Session ...
The day could not have started any worse for Sri Lanka. After ending the previous day without losing a wicket, it was hoped that the Lankan openers can be a nuisance to the Australian bowlers but it wasn't to be. Dimuth Karunaratne departed in the third over of the day, Dinesh Chandimal didn't last long either and the visitors kept losing wickets regularly in this session. Niroshan Dickwella, who surprisingly came in at number 4, looked promising but Mitchell Starc got the better of him. The Lankans are staring down the barrel here and now it looks a huge task to just see off the second session, let alone the day. The action resumes soon. Join us for that as it can be the last session of this Test.
The morning session clearly belonged to Australia. After failing to pick up any wicket in the final overs of Day 3, they started in brilliant fashion thanks to Mitchell Starc. The left-arm pacer has been spewing some venom from the first ball of the day and has picked 4 of the 5 wickets to fall in this session. Pat Cummins, Jhye Richardson and Nathan Lyon all bowled tight and kept the pressure from their end. Cummins was the one who got the other breakthrough.
Dhananjaya de Silva to face the hat-trick ball.
Kusal Perera walks out to the middle at number 6. It was not sure whether he was going to bat or not after being concussed yesterday but he is fine to do so.
Mitchell Starc back into the attack.
Kusal Mendis is the next batsman in.
Drinks. A good hour of play for the hosts. They have got rid of the skipper Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne. Mitchell Starc has been the best bowler so far in the day picking up two wickets. The Lankan batsmen will now have to bat out of their skins and play this session by session.
Pat Cummins into the attack as well.
Nathan Lyon is the first bowling change of the morning.
Run out appeal. Against Dickwella, but he looks to be safe.
Niroshan Dickwella replaces his skipper out in the middle.
Dinesh Chandimal has been caught in the slips but it's not clear whether the catch is taken cleanly or not. It's taken upstairs. The soft signal is out.
The skipper Dinesh Chandimal walks out at number 3.
We are all set to begin Day 4. Lahiru Thirimanne and Dimuth Karunaratne to resume their innings. Mitchell Starc to bowl the first over of the day.
Just a little FYI - there's forecast of intermittent showers through the day. We, like many, hope it doesn't come to ruin the party. However, the Sri Lankan fans might have started praying to the rain gods relentlessly. Will the affect the conditions? And how will Australia deal with the stop-start nature of the game (if that happens), could decide how this day goes.
Australia put up a massive target in front of the Lankans and that feat has come from a collective effort. Khawaja's first hundred of the summer, another Head fifty, their 159-run stand and Starc's 5-wicket haul have got them to this point. There's plenty to be done for the Lions, but approaching this task step by step would be the way forward. Their first task would be to try and see out the first hour without incurring any damage, ideally. Will they be able to? Against a potent Australian bowling attack with Starc firing away? We'll find out soon enough.
Arsenal couldn't hold off Manchester City. Leicester City couldn't ward off Manchester United's threat either. It wasn't a day of upsets in the footballing world, but maybe, just maybe, Sri Lanka could hold off the mighty Australians for a little while longer, even if defeat is inevitable. Sometimes the fight comes from the unlikeliest of places, and it wouldn't be too farfetched to say said place could be the Sri Lankan camp as of now. They need almost 500 to win, but a fortuitous show of resistance could instill a sense of confidence going forward. Welcome to what could, but don't hope for, to be the final day of this Canberra Test.
... Day 4, First Session ...
When the visitors came out to bat, the openers did well to negotiate the 6 overs and end the day with all their wickets intact. It is a tough task to chase this mammoth total down, almost impossible, but Sri Lanka are not going down without a fight. They will try to drag out a draw. And the Australian bowlers will look to wrap this Test match up on Day 4 itself. Join us for the action at 1030 local (2330 GMT, previous day). Till then, have a good time. Cheers!
A target of 516 was set with about 30 minutes of play remaining. The Sri Lankan bowlers worked hard but could not do much. They were all squeezed out for runs and only Kasun Rajitha and Vishwa Fernando got into the wickets column, with Rajitha scalping 2 and Fernando getting one.
So the umpires have decided the light isn't good enough. There was some time left, but that won't happen anymore. That means it's STUMPS ON DAY 3. A great day for the hosts. They started by bowling out Sri Lanka for 215, courtesy a five-wicket haul from Mitchell Starc. They did not enforce the follow-on and started their second innings with a 319-run lead. They lost the openers and Labuschagne quickly but Usman Khawaja and Travis Head joined hands and took the Sri Lankan bowlers to the sword. The former powered to a fluent hundred, while the latter made a solid fifty. Tim Pine declared the innings after Khawaja got to his three-figure mark.
Spin time. Nathan Lyon is into the attack.
Jhye Richardson will share the new ball with Mitchell Starc.