Australia tour of Sri Lanka, 3rd Test: Sri Lanka v Australia at Colombo (SSC), Sep 16-20, 2011
Match drawn
16,17,18,19,20 September 2011 (5-day match)
  • Overs 1-50
  • Overs 51-100
  • Overs 101-150

Lakmal to Hughes, OUT, Timber! Hughes must have been under some pressure to keep his place, and he has done himself no favours here. Short of a length outside off, holds its line, in that it doesn't go away with the angle. Hughes jabs at it away from the body, with an angled bat, and drags it on. Just the start Sri Lanka wanted

PJ Hughes b Lakmal 0 (5m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 0/1   SR Watson 0* (6b)   RAS Lakmal 0.2-0-0-1

Eranga to Watson, OUT, Whoa! What a series for debutants! Eranga takes a wicket first ball now. Watson is gone. To be fair, though, it was not a very remarkable delivery. It was a loosener wide outside off, and Watson went after it like it was the last wide delivery he would get. Just couldn't keep it down, and backward point accepted the catch with glee. Eranga will take it

SR Watson c Dilshan b Eranga 8 (36m 18b 1x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Australia 22/2   SE Marsh 14* (29b 2x4)   RMS Eranga 0.1-0-0-1

Lakmal to Ponting, OUT, No patience from Ponting! Poor poor shot from him. Lakmal has been bowling wide outswingers all over, and Ponting has been leaving them alone. Off the seventh delivery of the over, Ponting loses patience, and goes for the big drive, away from his body. The swing takes the edge, a real bonus of a wicket, as was Watson's. Walking back, he is a frustrated man

RT Ponting c †HAPW Jayawardene b Lakmal 48 (119m 91b 6x4 0x6) SR: 52.74

Australia 101/3   SE Marsh 39* (107b 4x4)   RAS Lakmal 9.5-3-19-2

Eranga to Clarke, OUT, What is with Australia and patience today? Third poor shot, although one has to confess Sri Lanka have strung together a cluster of good overs with each-way swing. Still there can't be many excuses for this. This is well wide of off, and Clarke goes for a push - mind you, not a flashy drive, which could have resulted in a thick edge that could have eluded fielder. The ball holds its line, and takes the edge of the bat through to PJ. He had to stretch remarkably to even reach it

MJ Clarke c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 6 (44m 24b 1x4 0x6) SR: 25.00

Australia 120/4   SE Marsh 52* (134b 5x4)   RMS Eranga 11.2-3-31-2

Herath to Marsh, OUT, Bowled'im! His average falls to 111! A potential nelson has struck. Is this a break in concentration or a natural variation? It's a regulation offbreak from Herath, Marsh defends, but it doesn't turn in as much as he expects it to. The off stumps is left exposed, and pegged back

SE Marsh b Herath 81 (276m 207b 7x4 0x6) SR: 39.13

Australia 190/5   MEK Hussey 39* (66b 4x4 1x6)   HMRKB Herath 16.3-3-43-1

Eranga to Haddin, OUT, loud appeal for caught behind and Haddin's been given, he isn't happy with the decision and asks for a review. The ball pitched on a good length outside off and seamed away a touch, Haddin did not come forward and pushed at it. There was a noise as it passed the bat and there's no conclusive evidence to suggest there was no edge. Haddin has to go. An odd one. You'd assume no batsman would review if he had nicked it, so either he didn't or he didn't know he did.

BJ Haddin c †HAPW Jayawardene b Eranga 35 (85m 57b 6x4 0x6) SR: 61.40

Australia 265/6   MEK Hussey 79* (125b 8x4 1x6)   RMS Eranga 18.5-5-52-3

Welegedara to Johnson, OUT, caught at point! The ball from Welegedara is short of a length and rather wide outside off, Johnson could have hit that hard through cover but he just opened the face and spooned it gently towards point instead, an easy catch for Herath

MG Johnson c Herath b Welegedara 8 (42m 29b 1x4 0x6) SR: 27.58

Australia 293/7   MEK Hussey 99* (153b 11x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 18.2-4-72-1

Welegedara to Siddle, OUT, caught at first slip! Welegedara angles a good length ball across the right-hander, Siddle pokes tentatively at it and edges to first slip. Another easy catch. Siddle looks back at Hussey, who's at the other end on 99, before walking off.

PM Siddle c Paranavitana b Welegedara 0 (2m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Australia 293/8   MEK Hussey 99* (153b 11x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 18.3-4-72-2

Welegedara to Copeland, OUT, caught at second slip! Copeland has a flash at one that angles across him from over the wicket. He edges it hard but straight to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip and he's taken far harder catches than this. That was a low catch though, Jayawardene got his fingers under the ball just in time. Copeland seemed to take Jayawardene's word for it after he claimed the catch

TA Copeland c DPMD Jayawardene b Welegedara 1 (9m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 12.50

Australia 295/9   MEK Hussey 100* (157b 11x4 1x6)   UWMBCA Welegedara 19.3-5-72-3

Eranga to Hussey, OUT, bowled him! Eranga caps a fine performance on debut with a slower ball, Hussey comes forward to push at it but gets an inside edge on to the stumps. Hussey goes after a terrific century - his 15th in Tests - and steering Australia past 300

MEK Hussey b Eranga 118 (253m 178b 12x4 2x6) SR: 66.29

Australia 316/10   NM Lyon 3* (15b)   RMS Eranga 23.3-6-65-4
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Hours of play (local time) 10am start, Lunch 12.00-12.40, Tea 14.40-15.00, Close 17.00

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