Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, 2019
Venue: Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane
Date: 24 January-28 January, 2019
RR: 2.73 | Sri Lanka trail by 40 runs
Nathan Lyon is now into the attack.
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?
Dushmantha Chameera walks in to bat at no. 10. Could be the last guy to bat as the status of Kumara is unknown.
Pat Cummins replacing Jhye Richardson now.
Suranga Lakmal comes in at number 9.
Mitchell Starc on to bowl now, replacing Pat Cummins. Can he remove Dilruwan like he did in the first dig?
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.
Jhye Richardson is now into the attack.
Dilruwan Perera is in next.
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.
Pat Cummins to bowl from the other end.
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.
Niroshan Dickwella walks in at number 7.
Nathan Lyon back on.
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.
Mitchell Starc is now into the attack.
Dhananjaya de Silva walks in at number 6.
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?
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.
Nathan Lyon to bowl now, replacing Jhye Richardson.
Roshen Silva comes in next.
Kusal Mendis walks in at number 4.
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?
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... 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.
Pat Cummins to bowl one final over probably, before Stumps.
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.
Jhye Richardson to bowl from the other end.