Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, 2019

Australia vs Sri Lanka - 1st Test

Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane

Date: 24 January-28 January, 2019

Sri Lanka 139/9

RR: 2.73 | Sri Lanka trail by 40 runs

commentary

50.5
0
N Lyon to Lakmal, OUT! It is all over here at the 'Gabba. Lahiru Kumara is not going to come out to bat and hence, that is the end of the Test match. AUSTRALIA HAVE WON BY AN INNINGS AND 40 RUNS.
50.4
0
N Lyon to Lakmal, A back foot defense this time from the batsman.
50.3
2
N Lyon to S Lakmal, Short of a length this time, Lakmal rocks back and pulls it away to deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
50.2
0
N Lyon to Lakmal, Suranga comes ahead and defends the ball onto the ground.
50.1
0
N Lyon to Lakmal, A flatter one on middle and leg, Lakmal looks to work it on the leg side but misses the ball completely.

Nathan Lyon is now into the attack.

49.6
1
M Starc to Lakmal, Short of a length and Suranga rocks back and punches this one for a single on the off side towards point. Keeps strike for the next over.
49.5
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Mistimes the pull this time towards mid-wicket.
49.4
4
M Starc to Lakmal, FOUR! Hit through mid off now. A full length ball on middle and off, Lakmal makes room and lifts it towards long off for a boundary. The second of the over.
49.3
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Lakmal swinging at everything here, misses the ball completely this time though outside off.
49.2
4
M Starc to Lakmal, FOUR! Suranga is having fun out there. He makes room, Starc delivers this one short and wide outside off. Lakmal cuts it away through cover-point for a boundary. The deficit is under 50 now.
49.1
0
Starc to Lakmal, Yorker from Starc on off stump line, dug out by Lakmal.
48.6
1
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, IN THE AIR BUT SAFE! Short of a length delivery, Lakmal looks to pull but hits his gloves and the ball lands between leg gully and the keeper. The batsmen take a single.
48.5
0
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, Short of a length delivery, it rises off the deck, Lakmal looks to defend but gets beaten on this one.
48.4
3
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Full and wide outside off, Chameera drives it uppishly through covers. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets.
48.3
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Good length delivery on off, Chameera defends off the back foot.
48.2
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Bowls a bumper, Dushmantha ducks underneath it.
48.1
3
Pat Cummins to Lakmal, Short and wide outside off, Lakmal cuts it through point. The fielder chases it and stops it comfortably. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets. Sri Lanka trail by 55 runs.
47.6
1
M Starc to Lakmal, Short outside off, Lakmal taps it towards point for a single.
47.5
0
M Starc to S Lakmal, Full on middle, Lakmal drives it to mid on.
47.4
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Full on off, Lakmal plays it to covers.
47.3
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Bowls a bouncer, Suranga does well to duck under it.
47.2
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Good length delivery outside off, Lakmal looks to cut but gets beaten on this one.
47.1
4
M Starc to Lakmal, FOUR! Short outside off, Lakmal looks to cut but gets an outside edge and it flies over second slip where Labuschagne jumps but it goes over him. It goes towards third man for a boundary.

Drinks break. Could possibly be the last drinks break of the game. Australia steam rolling the Lankans here. Two away if Kumara comes to bat, one if he does not. The main aim for the visitors would be to first at least make the hosts bat again. Can they?

46.6
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Good length delivery on off, Dushmantha defends off the back foot.
46.5
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Good length delivery outside off, Chameera looks to defend but gets beaten by the away movement.
46.4
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Length delivery on off, Dushmantha plays it to covers.
46.3
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Good length delivery on middle, Chameera looks to flick but gets a leading edge to the off side.
46.2
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Short of a length delivery down leg, Chameera leaves it alone.
46.1
0
Pat Cummins to Chameera, Length ball on top of middle, defended back onto the off side with hard hands.
45.6
0
M Starc to S Lakmal, Short outside off, Lakmal cuts it towards gully.
45.5
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Length delivery on the leg stump line, Lakmal nudges it to the leg side.
45.4
2
M Starc to Lakmal, Length delivery on middle, Suranga flicks it through mid-wicket. Two runs taken.
45.3
0
Starc to Lakmal, Appeal for lbw! The umpire is unmoved. Full on middle and leg, Lakmal looks to flick but gets hit low on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head. Probably it was going down leg with the angle.
45.2
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Good length delivery outside off, Lakmal leaves it alone.
45.1
2
M Starc to S Lakmal, Full on off, Lakmal drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
44.6
2
Pat Cummins to Chameera, On middle and leg, worked away through mid-wicket for a couple of runs by Chameera.

Dushmantha Chameera walks in to bat at no. 10. Could be the last guy to bat as the status of Kumara is unknown.

44.5
0
Pat Cummins to D Perera, OUT! If the last catch was a stunner, this is even more brilliant. Superman stuff from Patterson at gully. A length ball on off, extra bounce and catches the shoulder of the bat and flies to the right of gully. Surely was looking like it was going away from the fielder but Kurtis leaps to his right and holds on for a one-handed blinder. Eight down now! Sri Lanka might not even make Australia bat again here it looks like. Cummins picks up his sixth one of the innings and the tenth of his game.
44.4
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera defends off the back foot.
44.3
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Length delivery on off, Dilruwan defends off the back foot.
44.2
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Short outside off, Perera looks to cut but misses it.
44.1
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera defends off the back foot.

Pat Cummins replacing Jhye Richardson now.

43.6
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Oooh! Almost. A length ball coming into the batsman once more, missed by Lakmal as he gets hit on the pads and the ball lobs to short leg. No bat on it and the cherry seems to be going down leg once more.
43.5
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Beaten! Yet again outside off and beaten by sheer pace as Suranga does not bring his bat down in time.
43.4
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Full and spearing on the pads, Lakmal misses the ball and gets hit on the pad. It was going down the leg side so the appeal is turned down by the umpire.
43.3
0
M Starc to Lakmal, Short of a length outside off, 148 kph! Lakmal looks to poke at the ball but fails to put bat on ball.
43.2
0
M Starc to Perera, Short of a length at the hips, looks like a set plan with a leg gully in place. Dilruwan misses his glance and the ball goes off the thigh pad and lobs fine on the leg side for a leg bye.
43.1
0
M Starc to Perera, A length ball on middle and moves away slightly after landing, Perera looks to flick but misses the line of the ball. Gets hit on his midriff.

Suranga Lakmal comes in at number 9.

42.6
0
Richardson to N Dickwella, OUT! What a brilliant catch by Marcus Harris. Good stuff by Richardson, bowling to the plan. Short of a length delivery, Dickwella looks to pull over square leg but finds Marcus Harris at backward square leg who goes to his left and jumps and pulls off a stunner. Niroshan seems to suggest that he did not see that fielder but the fact is that he has been there for quite some time. He will have to leave and Sri Lanka still trail by 70 runs. Second wicket for Jhye Richardson. What a debut this boy is having. Australia closing in on what could be a victory with an innings.
42.5
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Good length delivery on off, Niroshan keeps it out.
42.4
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Short of a length delivery, Dickwella looks to play an upper cut but gets beaten on this one.
42.3
4
J Richardson to Dickwella, FOUR! Good shot. Short of a length delivery, Niroshan pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
42.2
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Appeal for lbw! NOT OUT! Again on a good length on off, Dickwella looks to defend but gets hit low on the pads. The bowler appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
42.1
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Good length delivery on off, Dickwella keeps it out.
41.6
0
M Starc to Perera, Full outside off, Perera plays it to point.
41.5
0
M Starc to Perera, Length delivery on middle, Dilruwan flicks it to mid-wicket.
41.4
2
M Starc to Perera, Bowls at a speed of 150kph. Length delivery on middle, Perera nudges it towards the leg side. The batsmen pick up a couple.
41.3
0
M Starc to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera looks to defend but gets beaten by the movement.
41.2
1
M Starc to Dickwella, Length delivery on middle, Niroshan pushes it towards square leg for a run.
41.1
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Full outside off, Dickwella leaves it alone.

Mitchell Starc on to bowl now, replacing Pat Cummins. Can he remove Dilruwan like he did in the first dig?

40.6
0
J Richardson to Perera, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Dilruwan looks to chase this wide ball but misses it.
40.5
0
J Richardson to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Dilruwan defends off the back foot.
40.4
1
J Richardson to Dickwella, Length delivery on leg, Dickwella looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards square leg and a single is taken.
40.3
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Bowls down the leg side, Niroshan looks to flick but misses it.
40.2
4
J Richardson to Dickwella, FOUR! Good shot. Length delivery outside off, Dickwella plays a ramp shot over the slip cordon. It goes towards third man for a boundary. This also brings up the 100 for the Lankans.
40.1
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Bowls a bouncer, Dickwella does well to duck under it.
39.6
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Short of a length on middle, defended from within the crease by DP.
39.5
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera defends off the back foot.
39.4
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Full outside off, the batsman drives it to point.
39.3
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery on middle, Perera defends off the back foot.
39.2
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Bowls a bumper, Dilruwan ducks underneath it.
39.1
0
Cummins to Perera, Bowls a yorker on off, Perera manages to dig it out.

Drinks break. The Sri Lankans have lost one more wicket post the Tea break. Australia slowly but surely heading towards the victory at the 'Gabba. Another piece of information coming our way is that Lahiru Kumara has been confirmed as to have torn his hamstring and is ruled out of the remainder of the series. Whether he will come out to bat in this innings remains to be seen.

38.6
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Short outside off, Dickwella looks to cut but gets beaten on this one.
38.5
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Good movement on this one. Full on off, Dickwella looks to drive but it goes of the inner half towards the leg side.
38.4
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Outside off, the keeper-batsman shoulders his arms to this one.
38.3
0
J Richardson to Dickwella, Good length delivery outside off, Dickwella lets it go.
38.2
1
J Richardson to Perera, Length delivery on middle, Perera flicks it towards square leg for a single.
38.1
0
J Richardson to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Perera offers no shot.

Jhye Richardson is now into the attack.

37.6
0
Pat Cummins to Dickwella, Good length delivery on middle, the keeper-batsman defends off the back foot.
37.5
0
Pat Cummins to Dickwella, Good length delivery on leg, Dickwella defends off the back foot.
37.4
1
Pat Cummins to Perera, Length delivery on middle, Perera flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
37.3
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery outside off, Dilruwan shoulders his arms to this one.
37.2
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Length delivery on off, Perera plays it to point.
37.1
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Perera looks to cut but misses it.
36.6
0
M Starc to Dickwella, A length ball on top of middle and bounces a bit more, Niroshan stands tall to defend but gets hit on the glove.
36.5
4
M Starc to N Dickwella, FOUR! A French cut! Yorker length ball outside off and Dickwella reaches out to drive this one but the ball goes off the inside edge and past the keeper to his right. Runs away to the fence. Starc has a wry smile on his face, nothing seems to be going his way.
36.4
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Bouncer on middle, ND initially ducks but then just puts his bat upwards in an attempt to hook. The ball is missed and it goes over the batsman though.
36.3
0
M Starc to Dickwella, On a good length on top of middle stump, Niroshan stands tall and defends the ball back down the ground.
36.2
2
M Starc to Dickwella, On a length outside off, Dickwella pushes it through the cover region for a couple of runs.
36.1
1
M Starc to Perera, Around the wicket, Perera tries to defend on the back foot and the ball goes off the inside half of the bat towards square leg for a single.
35.6
0
Pat Cummins to Dickwella, Bowls a bouncer down leg, Dickwella does well to duck under it.
35.5
0
Pat Cummins to Dickwella, Good length delivery on off, Niroshan blocks it well.
35.4
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery coming into the batsman, Perera looks to drive but gets beaten and misses the stumps by a whisker. It goes towards Paine who dives and it goes past him and goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single. Umpire gives it as bye.
35.3
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Bowls a bouncer, Dilruwan does well to duck under it.
35.2
0
Pat Cummins to D Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera looks to drive but gets an outside edge towards gully. It fell short of the fielder.
35.1
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Good length delivery on off, Perera defends off the back foot.
34.6
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Short of a length delivery, Dickwella looks to pull but misses it.
34.5
0
Starc to Dickwella, Appeal for lbw! NOT OUT! Length delivery on leg, Dickwella looks to flick but gets hit on the pads. Starc appeals but the umpire shakes his head.
34.4
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Good length delivery on leg, the keeper-batsman defends off the back foot.
34.3
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Bowls down the leg side, Dickwella goes after it but misses it.
34.2
1
M Starc to Perera, Length delivery on off, Perera nudges it towards square leg for a single.
34.1
1
M Starc to Dickwella, Full delivery on leg, Dickwella flicks it towards fine leg for a single.
33.6
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, FOUR BYES! Sprays this way down the leg side and too wide for Paine to get a hand too. Runs away to the fence.
33.5
2
Pat Cummins to Perera, Pushed away to the cover-point region for a couple of runs by Dilruwan.
33.4
0
Pat Cummins to Perera, Length ball outside off, kept out towards the cover region by Perera.

Dilruwan Perera is in next.

33.3
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, OUT! Bizarre! The third umpire asks the umpire to stay with the original decision. What has happened here? The Snicko has shown a turbulence but in a frame that is after the ball passes the bat. It is the fifth wicket for Cummins, the fourth time in Tests. A length ball outside off and shapes away slightly, Thirimanne was ahead to defend but the ball straightens and there is a noise as the ball passes the bat and goes to Tim Paine. An immediate celebration from the fielders and the bowlers and the umpire agrees too. Lahiru was surprised and immediately goes upstairs. The replays roll in, there is nothing on Hotspot and we go to the Snickometer. The line remains straight as the ball passes the outside edge but there is a slight turbulence once it is past the willow. The third umpire feels that the frame was a little behind and suggests it is a faint edge. Asks the on-field umpire to remain with his original decision. Thirimanne cannot believe it but he has to go. His dogged resistance comes to an end. The Lankans are still 100 runs behind with only 4 wickets left.

Review time... Thirimanne has been ruled caught behind by the umpire but he has taken it upstairs as he thinks that he has not nicked that one. Does not look too confident though. Let's see what the replays say.

33.2
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Good length delivery outside off, Lahiru shoulders his arms to this one.
33.1
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne keeps it out.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.

32.6
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Full on off, Niroshan drives it to mid off.
32.5
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Play and a miss! Good length delivery way outside off, the keeper-batsman looks to cut but misses it.
32.4
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Bowls down the leg side, Dickwella lets it go.
32.3
0
M Starc to Dickwella, Good length delivery outside off, Niroshan leaves it alone.
32.2
4
M Starc to Dickwella, FOUR! The first boundary off the bat today! Short of a length delivery, Dickwella glances it towards fine leg for a boundary. It runs away and there was no time for the fielder to come around and stop it.
32.1
1
M Starc to Thirimanne, Full delivery on leg, Lahiru flicks it towards square leg for a single.

Welcome back after Tea. The players and umpires are out in the middle. Lahiru Thirimanne and Niroshan Dickwella are out as well. Mitchell Starc will bowl the first over of this session and Thirimanne will face.

... Day 3, Session 2 ...

Now, Niroshan Dickwella has joined forces with the opening batsman. They played out one remaining over of the session but whether they will continue and help Sri Lanka out of this mess and keep them alive in the game is to be seen. Doesn't look like they will to me though, considering how Cummins and Richardson are bowling. The former has got enough rest after his initial burst in the first session and should be back on anytime now after the break. Good luck to the Sri Lankan batsmen, would be lovely for Test cricket if they stand up and post a challenge though. Join us in a bit for the second session of the day as the visitors try to wipe off the deficit that is still 105 runs.

What a session for the Aussies but one would have definitely hoped for a bit more of a fight from the Lankans. 26 overs, 57 runs and 4 wickets. No boundary off the bat. Guess who has been the star? Yes, it is that man again. Pat Cummins. Started off from where he left off last night and picked up three more wickets this morning. Lahiru Thirimanne has been adamant not to give his wicket away and even though DRS came to his rescue once, other times he has looked completely solid. No one partnered him though and just when it looked like Dhananjaya would stay he was castled off a brilliant yorker length ball by Jhye Richardson.

31.6
0
N Lyon to Dickwella, Flighted delivery on middle, Niroshan defends off the back foot. THAT IS TEA ON DAY 3.
31.5
0
N Lyon to Dickwella, Full on leg, Dickwella looks to nudge but gets hit on the pads. It goes to the off side.
31.4
1
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Thirimanne cuts it towards point for a single.
31.3
1
Lyon to N Dickwella, Tossed up on middle, Niroshan looks to play against the spin but gets a top edge towards square leg and turns behind. It falls safe and in no man's land. Lucky for ND. A single has been taken.
31.2
2
N Lyon to Dickwella, Flighted delivery on middle, Dickwella sweeps it towards fine leg. The batsmen pick up a couple.
31.1
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Tossed up on leg, Thirimanne looks to push but gets it off his pads. It goes towards the leg side. The batsmen take a single. Umpire gives it as leg bye.

Niroshan Dickwella walks in at number 7.

30.6
0
Richardson to de Silva, OUT! Timberrrrr! Massive blow from Jhye Richardson. Surprises Dhananjaya with a yorker. Had been bowling all the balls outside off till now and then goes wide of the crease this time and yorks de Silva. The right-hander could not keep this ball out as the bat did not come down in time. Pegs back the off pole of Dhananjaya. Right before a break as well, could be crushing for the Lankans. Half their side back in the hut now.
30.5
0
J Richardson to Silva, Well outside off once more and left alone by the batsman.
30.4
0
J Richardson to Silva, Left alone outside the off stump now.
30.3
0
J Richardson to Silva, Fishing again! Outside off on a length and Dhananjaya stands back in the crease and looks to poke at it. Misses the outside edge by a whisker.
30.2
0
J Richardson to Silva, Sprays this ball down the leg side and it is too wide for de Silva to make any contact.
30.1
0
J Richardson to Silva, A length ball outside off, Dhananjaya tries to drive this one coming a little ahead but the ball shapes away to beat the outside edge.
29.6
1
N Lyon to Silva, Flighted delivery on off, Silva cuts it towards point for a single. No boundary has been scored off the bat since 154 balls.
29.5
2
N Lyon to Silva, Floated on middle, Dhananjaya dances down the track and hits it over mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
29.4
0
N Lyon to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Silva comes down the track and pads it away.
29.3
0
N Lyon to Silva, Flighted delivery on middle, Silva flicks it to the leg side.
29.2
0
N Lyon to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya pushes it to mid-wicket.
29.1
0
N Lyon to Silva, Bowls down leg, Silva lets it go.

Nathan Lyon back on.

28.6
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne nudges it to square leg.
28.5
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the front foot.
28.4
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Full on off, Lahiru drives it to mid off.
28.3
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne looks to push but gets hit on the thigh pad.
28.2
1
Richardson to de Silva, Short of a length delivery, Silva looks to hook it but the ball takes the top edge and flies high in the air. It falls just short of the fine leg fielder. The batsmen take a single.
28.1
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery on off, Silva defends off the front foot.
27.6
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Bowls a bouncer down leg, the batsman does well to duck under it.
27.5
2
M Starc to Thirimanne, Full toss on off, Thirimanne drives it through covers. The batsmen pick up a couple.
27.4
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Length delivery on leg again, the southpaw pushes it to the square leg region.
27.3
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Length delivery on leg, Thirimanne nudges it to the leg side.
27.2
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Bowls down the leg side, Lahiru lets it go.
27.1
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne defends off the back foot.
26.6
0
J Richardson to Silva, Same delivery, Dhananjaya offers no shot.
26.5
0
J Richardson to Silva, Outside off, Silva lets it go.
26.4
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery on off, Silva keeps it out.
26.3
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Dhananjaya looks to pull but misses it.
26.2
1
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Length delivery on off, Lahiru taps it towards the off side. Lyon goes for a direct hit at the keeper's end but misses it and hits Dhananjaya de Silva. The batsmen take a single.
26.1
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne defends off the front foot.
25.6
0
M Starc to Silva, A length ball on middle and leg, Silva looks to nudge this one on the leg side but misses and gets hit on the thigh pad. Nine runs off this over.
25.5
0
M Starc to Silva, FOUR LEG BYES! What? How was that leg byes? The ball was way down the leg side and well away from the pads. It swings further away and beats a diving Tim Paine who can't reach the ball and it runs away to the fence. Should have been byes in my opinion.
25.4
0
M Starc to Silva, Kept out towards cover on this ball outside off from a length.
25.3
2
M Starc to de Silva, Short again and the batsman was initially looking to duck under the ball. Dhananjaya then decides to pull it and adjusts well to keep it along the ground towards mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
25.2
0
M Starc to Silva, Ripper! A good short length ball on off stump line, Dhananjaya does well to get his bat and glove out of the way as he lets the ball go.
25.1
3
M Starc to Thirimanne, Short of a length ball on off, pushed away off the back foot towards the vacant cover area by Thirimanne. Three runs taken.
24.6
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Dhananjaya looks to defend but gets an outside edge, where it fell just short of Tim Paine. Silva played with soft hands and was lucky that it did not carry to the keeper.
24.5
0
J Richardson to Silva, Full on off, Silva drives it to covers where the fielder does a brilliant job to stop it and save runs for the team.
24.4
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Silva leaves it alone.
24.3
0
J Richardson to Silva, Outside off, Silva lets it go.
24.2
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery on off, Silva looks to leave but plays at the last moment. He gets a bottom edge on this one and it runs towards the slip cordon.
24.1
0
J Richardson to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Dhananjaya leaves it alone.

Drinks break, the second of the session. Australia have added one more to the wicket column. Thirimanne is looking solid though but will need someone to partner him. Need a fight here, the good news for them is that Cummins is having a breather now. Also, Jhye Richardson comes on to bowl after the break.

23.6
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Bowls a bouncer, Thirimanne does well to duck under it.
23.5
1
M Starc to Silva, Length delivery on leg, Roshen nudges it towards the leg side for a single.
23.4
1
M Starc to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
23.3
3
M Starc to Silva, 50 up for Sri Lanka. Full on off, Silva drives it through mid off where the fielder dives but it goes under him. Cummins chases it and stops it comfortably as the ball slows down towards the end. The batsmen get three runs.
23.2
0
M Starc to Silva, Length delivery on middle, Roshen defends off the back foot.
23.1
0
M Starc to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Silva shoulders his arms to this one.
23.1
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, NO BALL! Starc oversteps! Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne looks to push but gets hit on the thigh pad. It goes to the leg side. The batsmen take a quick run. Starc looks to kick the ball onto the stumps at the striker's end but misses his kick. The umpire gives it as leg bye.
22.6
0
N Lyon to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya defends off the back foot.
22.5
1
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne looks to drive but gets an inside edge towards leg side. The batsmen cross ends.
22.4
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Floated on off, Lahiru defends off the front foot.
22.3
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Outside off, Thirimanne lets it go.
22.2
1
N Lyon to Silva, Tossed up on middle, Dhananjaya comes down the track and hits it towards mid-wicket for a single.
22.1
0
N Lyon to Silva, Floated on off, Silva defends off the back foot.
21.6
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, BEATEN! Good length delivery outside off, Lahiru looks to cut but gets beaten by the away movement.
21.5
1
M Starc to Silva, Full on middle, Silva attempts the flick but gets an inside edge. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run. Lucky the willow came down in time else would have been bowled.
21.4
1
M Starc to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on leg, Thirimanne looks to push but gets hit on the glove. The ball drops on the leg side and a quick single is taken.
21.3
1
M Starc to Silva, Length delivery on middle, Roshen flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
21.2
0
M Starc to Silva, Full outside off, Silva looks to drive but mistimes it to covers.
21.1
3
M Starc to Thirimanne, Full on middle, Thirimanne flicks it through mid-wicket. The batsmen get three runs. Good running between the wickets.

Mitchell Starc is now into the attack.

20.6
0
N Lyon to Silva, A good solid front foot defense by the batsman to end the over. Nice, tight stuff from Lyon as he bowls a maiden.
20.5
0
N Lyon to Silva, A flatter one on middle, Silva prods ahead and dead-bats it.
20.4
0
N Lyon to Silva, Goes off the thigh pad and towards short fine leg.
20.3
0
N Lyon to Silva, Wide outside off this time, left alone by Roshen.
20.2
0
N Lyon to Silva, A flatter one on the middle stump, and turns down the leg side. Lovely spin bowling this.
20.1
0
N Lyon to Silva, A flatter one on the pads, going straight on. Kept out towards the leg side by Silva.
19.6
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Well outside off, the left-hander offers no shot.
19.5
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Bowls a bouncer, Thirimanne does well to duck under it.
19.4
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Back of a length outside off, the left-hander drives it to covers.
19.3
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Full on off, Thirimanne drives it to cover.
19.2
1
Pat Cummins to Silva, Length delivery on middle, Dhananjaya pushes it towards the leg side for a single.
19.1
1
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne looks to defend but goes of the inner half of the bat towards fine leg. The batsmen take a single.
18.6
1
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Floated on middle, Thirimanne flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single.
18.5
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Short on off, Thirimanne makes room and cuts it to point.
18.4
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Tossed up on off, the left-hander defends off the front foot.
18.3
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, the left-hander defends off the back foot.
18.2
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Floated outside off, Lahiru does well to leave it alone.
18.1
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Lahiru keeps it out.

Dhananjaya de Silva walks in at number 6.

17.6
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, OUT! Gone! Cummins has four! What a brilliant spell this is. Consistently pegging at a line outside off and gets his reward. This one is slightly full outside off and shaping away, Silva is drawn into the cover drive and he gets an outside edge that flies to the region between the first and second slip. Joe Burns though, comes ahead and slightly to his left and pouches this one safely. Sri Lanka in all sorts of trouble here. Cummins currently has 4 wickets for 9 runs. Outstanding stuff!
17.5
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Left alone outside off by the batsman.
17.4
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Loud appeal but the umpire says not out. The length ball on middle was angling into the right handed and Roshen is beaten by the swing. He gets rapped on the pads but the umpire does not move. Looks like it was going down leg and hence the Aussies do not review.
17.3
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Bouncer! Silva ducks under this one and lets it go.
17.2
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Beaten! A lovely ball from Pat on a length outside off, it straightens just a tad bit and beats Roshen on the outside as he tried to feel for the ball.
17.1
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Short of a length ball outside off, defended onto the ground by Roshen.
16.6
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Loopy delivery on middle, Lahiru defends off the back foot.
16.5
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Tossed up outside off, the left-hander lets it go.
16.4
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on off, Lahiru defends off the back foot.
16.3
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Floated outside off, the left-hander leaves it alone.
16.2
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Turn on this one. Tossed up on off, Thirimanne looks to cut but gets beaten by the turn.
16.1
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne blocks it well.
15.6
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Silva offers no shot.
15.5
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery on off, Silva keeps it out.
15.4
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Silva leaves it alone.
15.3
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, FOUR LEG BYES! Poor delivery from Cummins. Length delivery down leg, Roshen tries to flick it past the keeper but gets it off the pads and it evades Tim Paine who puts a dive. It goes towards fine leg for a boundary.
15.2
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery on middle, Silva looks to push but gets hit on the glove and then goes onto the thigh pad.
15.1
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery on off, Roshen looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads.

Drinks break. Has been an exceptional start for the Aussies, picked up two wickets and almost had a third before the DRS came to Sri Lanka's rescue. Thirimanne has played with a good intent to stay. Can he continue and be helped by Roshen Silva?

14.6
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Lovely over from Lyon comes to an end as the last ball is just kept out towards the bowler by Thirimanne.
14.5
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, On the money once more, kept out towards silly point.
14.4
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flatter one on middle, the batsman prods ahead and dead-bats it.
14.3
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Flighted once more on middle, defended off the front foot by Lahiru.
14.2
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, NOT OUT! Yes, just as we thought so. The ball bounces over the stumps and the wickets are missing, the decision will have to be overturned. A great review from SL. The ball did not turn much. It was a flighted delivery on middle, Thirimanne comes forward to defend but gets hit on the pads. The bowler appeals and the umpire raises his finger. Lahiru consults his partner and goes for the review. Hot Spot detects no inside edge. The Hawk Eye shows impact is in line but it is missing the wickets. Thirimanne survives, some positive news for the Lankans. Lyon cannot believe it though and seems to suggest that he did not think that one would bounce over the wickets.

Review time...Thirimanne has been struck in front here and the umpire has raised his finger. The southpaw consults his partner and takes it upstairs. Doesn't look like anything other than bounce can save him here. Replays awaited.

14.1
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Tossed up on middle, Thirimanne keeps it out.

Nathan Lyon to bowl now, replacing Jhye Richardson.

13.6
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Outside off, Silva leaves it alone.
13.5
1
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Length delivery on off, Thirimanne taps it towards covers for a single.
13.4
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Length delivery on middle, Thirimanne flicks it to mid-wicket.
13.3
2
Pat Cummins to L Thirimanne, Good shape on this one. Length delivery on off, Thirimanne looks to defend but gets an outside edge between second slip and gully. It goes towards third man. The batsmen pick up a couple.
13.2
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne stands tall and defends off the back foot.
13.1
2
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Full on middle, Thirimanne flicks it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen pick up a couple.
12.6
1
J Richardson to Thirimanne, A good short ball on middle, fended off towards the leg side by Thirimanne. Gets to the other end and keeps strike for the next over.
12.5
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Slightly shortens the length this time, Lahiru stands in his crease and defends it back down the ground.
12.4
0
J Richardson to L Thirimanne, Good, positive defensive stroke from LT towards mid off.
12.3
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, A length ball outside off, Thirimanne comes ahead and dead-bats this one.
12.2
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, A length ball shaping away from the left-hander, Lahiru goes for the drive but fails to put bat on ball.
12.1
2
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Fuller one on the pads, flicked away to the square leg region by Thirimanne for a couple of runs.
11.6
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery on leg, Silva looks to push but gets hit on the thigh pad.
11.5
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Third consecutive leave for Roshen Silva. Good length delivery again outside off, Roshen offers no shot.
11.4
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Again outside off, Silva lets it go.
11.3
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good rise on this delivery. Good length delivery outside off, Silva shoulders his arms to this one.
11.2
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Again on a good length on off, Roshen defends off the back foot.
11.1
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Good length delivery outside off, Silva leaves it alone.
10.6
0
J Richardson to L Thirimanne, Back to over the wicket, angling away from the left-hander. Thirimanne prods ahead and pushes this one to mid off.
10.5
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Bouncer! The batsman does well to duck under it and evade.
10.4
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Sprays this one down the leg side, the ball takes the pad as it passes the batsman. It is a good collection from Paine down the leg side.
10.3
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Good, solid defense as the straight bat is presented by Lahiru.
10.2
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Length ball once more on top of off stump, kept out by the lefty coming half-ahead.
10.1
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Around the wicket, Thirimanne comes ahead and defends with a straight bat.
9.6
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, A length ball on middle, kept out by Roshen.
9.5
0
Pat Cummins to Silva, Oooh...another outside edge but good technique from Silva as he removes his bottom hand and ensures the ball goes all along the ground to the slip cordon.
9.4
1
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, A length ball on off, Thirimanne comes forward and turns it away off the inside half of the bat towards the leg side for a single.
9.3
0
Pat Cummins to Thirimanne, Around the wicket to the southpaw, Lahiru comes ahead a bit and then defends the ball.
9.2
3
Pat Cummins to Silva, On the pads this time, flicked away to deep square leg. Roshen gets off the mark straightaway with a triple. Good running that, even though Thirimanne had to rush in the end to make his ground. These are also the first runs off Cummins. He had three wickets for 0 runs, quite incredible!

Roshen Silva comes in next.

9.1
0
Pat Cummins to K Mendis, OUT! Poor from Mendis! Really poor. A fuller length ball outside off and after missing two balls from Cummins in the previous over, this one takes the outside edge and it goes to Joe Burns at second slip at a good height. He is not dropping those. Cummins is elated and why not, he has three now in three overs. Australia have started off brilliantly here but this is not very good stuff from SL. Need to show some fight!
8.6
0
J Richardson to L Thirimanne, Comes from around the wicket. Length delivery on off, Thirimanne defends off the front foot.
8.5
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Bowls a bouncer, Lahiru does well to duck under it.
8.4
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne defends off the back foot.
8.3
1
J Richardson to Mendis, Length delivery on middle, Mendis flicks it towards the leg side for a single.
8.2
0
J Richardson to Mendis, Good length delivery on off, Chandimal defends off the front foot.
8.1
1
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Full outside off, Thirimanne pushes it wide of mid off for a single.
7.6
0
Pat Cummins to Mendis, Another play and a miss! A lovely over from Cummins comes to an end. Shape on this final delivery takes the ball away from Kusal again and he is beaten on the outside.
7.5
0
Pat Cummins to Mendis, Outside off on a length and it shapes away to beat the outside edge of Mendis who was playing inside the line.
7.4
0
Pat Cummins to Mendis, A length ball on the pads, Mendis misses the flick and gets hit on the thigh pad.
7.3
0
Pat Cummins to Mendis, Down the leg side and too wide for the batsman to make any contact.

Kusal Mendis walks in at number 4.

7.2
0
Cummins to Chandimal, OUT! Brute of a delivery! Off the top of the bat and to Kurtis Patterson at gully. Chandimal bags a duck. A length ball on off stump and it rises too much suddenly, the ball has too much spice and Chandimal tries to defend it on the off side but to his dismay, the ball takes the shoulder of the bat and lobs up towards gully. Patterson jumps and takes a good catch. Two wickets in the space of 3 balls for Cummins, lovely bowling! Sri Lanka have lost their second and this is a very early blow.
7.1
0
Pat Cummins to Chandimal, Slightly short of a length outside off, left alone by Chandimal.

Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.

6.6
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, A length ball outside off and a good solid defense from the lefty. Maiden to start off.
6.5
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Bouncer! The batsman ducks under it and lets it go.
6.4
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Gets this one to shape in slightly off a length and the ball is kept out towards mid on by Thirimanne.
6.3
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Oooh... gets this one slightly close to the off stump, Lahiru prods ahead and gets a thick outside edge towards the gully.
6.2
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Left alone by the southpaw once more.
6.1
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, A length ball outside off from Jhye, left alone by Thirimanne.

The players are out in the middle. Dinesh Chandimal has come out to join Lahiru Thirimanne. The Aussies are in a huddle. A bit of a tradition is being followed, with a particular celebration for Australia Day. All set to resume play now as the players spread out. 162 behind are the Lankans. Jhye Richardson it will be, to start off proceedings for the day. to Thirimanne. Here we go then... Let's play!

What can the Lankans do from here on? Take inspiration from Windies and England and fight. Battle hard. There is plenty of time left in this Test and the pitch is not a minefield. Application will be the key. To give context in the Windies-England Test, 8 wickets fell on Day 1, 18 on Day 2, but - NONE ON DAY 3. If Sri Lanka manage to do what Jason Holder and Shane Dowrich did yesterday or what VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid did way back in 2001 at Eden Gardens, boy - we could have a game on our hands. Hello and a warm welcome to the third day's play of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the 'Gabba.

A look at the scorecard and one would say, it has been Australia's Test so far. They dismantled the Lankans quickly on Thursday and have finished Friday with a lead of 179 and nipped out Karunaratne. But what the scorecard does not show is - opportunities missed by the Lankans. They bowled out of their skins yesterday afternoon, reducing the Aussies to 82/4 as early as the first hour but then lost patience as the heat took toll. Eventually, the Labuschagne-Head stand took the game away from them. That partnership was worth 166, 22 more than what Sri Lanka themselves got.

Now, a warm thanks to all those who have come over to follow this game, considering that an interesting New-Zealand India contest is enveloping at the Bay Oval. This is the third day of this Test and often, Day 3 is considered to be a moving day of cricket. 12 wickets fell on Day 1, 9 on Day 2. Will another 9 fall today and end this game?

'No matter where our personal stories began. Reflect on being Australian, celebrate contemporary Australia and recognize our history.' This is the importance of today. January 26. AUSTRALIA DAY. The date of January 26, 1788 marked the proclamation of British sovereignty over the eastern seaboard of Australia, although the country got its name in 1808. On New Year's Day 1901, the British colonies of Australia formed a federation, marking the birth of modern Australia. It was not until 1935 that all Australian states and territories adopted use of the term 'Australia Day' to mark the date, and not until 1994 that the date was consistently marked by a public holiday on that day by all states and territories. So to all those reading, WISH YOU A VERY HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY.

... DAY 3, AFTERNOON SESSION ...

Tough couple of days for Sri Lanka. Bowled out under 60 overs in the first innings, conceded more than 250 on Day 2 and have their backs to the wall at the moment. They still trail by 162 runs with 9 wickets in hand. The middle order needs to step up. Join us at 1 pm local (0300 GMT) on Saturday which is a special day for the Aussies. It is AUSTRALIA DAY and might well be the final day of this Test. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

6 overs were all that Australia got and Tim Paine employed 4 bowlers. Starc sprayed the ball to all parts while Nathan Lyon almost got a wicket. But the star was Pat Cummins who mixed his lines and lengths well and got the wicket.

What is happening? The umpires are having a chat with Tim Paine and Travis Head. The former is smiling but the latter seems very serious. Was there something said to someone? Any sledging? We don't know. Might come in the papers tomorrow. For now, it is Australia's wonderful finish to the day.

5.6
0
Pat Cummins to D Karunaratne, OUT! Caught behind! A wicket does fall in the small passage of play! Guess who gets it. Guess who gets it? Not Starc. But that warhorse Pat Cummins. What a beautiful set up in this over. Mixing his lengths, then the lines. Got the ball to come back in and then move away. The last one came back in, this one moved away. Karunaratne was not sure whether to play at that or not and had a push. Got the nick. End of story as Tim Paine did the rest. STUMPS ON DAY 2, SRI LANKA TRAIL BY 162!
5.5
0
Pat Cummins to Karunaratne, Lovely ball. This one shapes back in, from outside off, DK looks to push away from his body but gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
5.4
0
Pat Cummins to Karunaratne, Outside off, Dimuth looks to tap and run to the off side but then Thirimanne is not going anywhere.
5.3
0
Pat Cummins to Karunaratne, Full and outside off, Karunaratne feels for it but then withdraws his bat at the last moment.
5.2
0
Pat Cummins to Karunaratne, Beaten! Has that hit a crack? On a length outside off, Karunaratne feels for the ball outside off but it suddenly seams away and beats the outside edge.
5.1
0
Pat Cummins to Karunaratne, Around off, watchfully defended.

Pat Cummins to bowl one final over probably, before Stumps.

4.6
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, The batsman chooses to leave the ball outside his off stump.
4.5
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, The batsman shoulders arms to let that one through.
4.4
0
N Lyon to Thirimanne, Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
4.3
4
N Lyon to L Thirimanne, CHANCE! MISSED! FOUR! Chance gone abegging! Tossed up on off, Thirimanne looks to defend but gets beaten by the turn. He gets an outside edge towards first slip where Khawaja is slow to get to his left and misses it. It goes towards third man for a boundary.
4.2
1
N Lyon to D Karunaratne, Short on off, Karunaratne cuts it towards point for a single.
4.1
0
N Lyon to Karunaratne, Full and around off, big turn, Karunaratne watchfully patted towards point.

Where is the herd? Time for some grazing. For here comes the GOAT... Nathan Lyon to try and see whether he can pick up a wicket.

3.6
1
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Outside off, pushed to point for a quick single.
3.5
1
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on middle, Thirimanne looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It goes towards fine leg. The batsmen take a run.
3.4
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Same delivery, Lahiru easily keeps it out.
3.3
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne blocks it off the back foot.
3.2
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, The batsman shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
3.1
0
J Richardson to Thirimanne, On a length outside off, left alone.
2.6
1
M Starc to Thirimanne, ALMOST A WICKET! Mix-up between the batsmen. Thirimanne pushes this towards mid on and calls for a quick single. The fielder charges in and has a shy at the striker's end but misses. Thirimanne might have been in...
2.5
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne defends off the back foot.
2.4
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, On a length outside off, comes back in, Lahiru misses his tuck and is hit on the pads.
2.3
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, FOUR BYES! He bowls to the left, he bowls to the right... remember this song? Starc is reminding us of THAT guy... a certain Mitchell GUY Johnson. Very poor delivery from Starc. Bowls way outside leg, Thirimanne looks to flick but misses it. It goes past Tim Paine who dives in vain to his right.
2.2
0
M Starc to L Thirimanne, That is the line. That is the Starc we know. Full and just outside off, swinging in, Thirimanne plays that late and gets a thick inside edge onto his pads.
2.1
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Down the leg side, total waste of this new strawberry. Easy work for Thirimanne. Watches it go past.
1.6
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Outside off, Karunaratne lets it go.
1.5
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Length delivery on middle, Dimuth defends off the back foot.
1.4
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Full on middle, flicked straight to square leg.
1.3
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Good shape on this one. Good length delivery outside off, Karunaratne looks to leave it alone but gets hit on the thigh pad as it nips back in sharply.
1.2
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, Good length delivery outside off, Karunaratne shoulders his arms to this one.
1.1
0
J Richardson to Karunaratne, On a good length around middle and leg, defended to the leg side. There is a short leg in place.

Jhye Richardson to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Full outside off, Thirimanne looks to drive but gets beaten on this one.
0.5
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Good length delivery on off, Thirimanne defends off the back foot.
0.4
0
M Starc to Thirimanne, Now exploring the other side. Full and miles outside off, left alone.
0.3
1
M Starc to Karunaratne, Down the leg side, flicked away for a single.
0.2
0
M Starc to Karunaratne, Bowls down the leg side, Karunaratne lets it go.
0.1
0
M Starc to Karunaratne, FOUR LEG BYES! Starts with a poor delivery. Bowls down the leg side, Karunaratne looks to flick but gets it off his pads. It beats the keeper and goes towards fine leg for a boundary.