Player of the Match
Player of the Match

Day 5

1156dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

Clueless Australia need a cultural shift

Australia did not begin to win Tests in Asia until touring teams went to greater lengths to understand the region. The current team, humiliated once again in Colombo, has lapsed back into old min

1156dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

'Outplayed in every facet of the game' - Smith

Steven Smith apologised to travelling supporters for having to witness an ugly 3-0 defeat, before saying the touring batsmen and spin bowlers had a lot of thinking to do ahead of next year's trip to India

Day 4

1157dDaniel Brettig

Nevill defends delayed stumping

Peter Nevill has defended his delayed stumping of Dimuth Karunaratne on day four of the Colombo Test match, while Sri Lanka have indicated they would have done the same

1157dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Silva fits into the Sri Lankan narratives

Exhibiting the indomitable Sri Lankan spirit, overcoming a poor situation, and battling injury, Kaushal Silva showed how he fit right into the template of a Sri Lankan fight

1157dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

Australia spinners fail to seize the narrative

With the plot of the Test yet to be written by the team that took the initiative, Australia's spinners adjusted to their detriment, thereby conceding the advantage to the hosts

Day 3

1158dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

Honours even after Marsh, Smith hundreds

During the course of their centuries, Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh put together fourth-highest stand for any Australian pair for any wicket in a Test in Asia, to help them take a 24-run lead

1158dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

A case of squandered progress

Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh gave Australia a template for successful batting in Asia before their platform was wasted. Australia will reflect that it was progress at least to have a position to

Day 2

1159dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

Starc joins Lyon in criticising SSC footholes

Mitchell Starc has joined Nathan Lyon in criticising deep footholes on the crease at the SSC ground in Colombo, while also intimating that the touring pacemen have not been well served by the maintenance of that area all series

1159dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

Shaun Marsh the Peter Siddle of 2016

The inclusion of Shaun Marsh has added belated solidity to a batting line-up that could have done with his brand of batting when the destination of the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy was still up for debate

1151dAndrew Fidel Fernando in Colombo

Chandimal contrives the old SSC experience

When the new SSC was contriving excitement with a score of 26 for 5, Dinesh Chandimal embraced everything he is not and no matter what the surface was doing, he had to wrestle himself

Day 1

1160dThe Report by Brydon Coverdale

De Silva and Chandimal lead Sri Lanka fightback

Sri Lanka recovered from 26 for 5 on the first day against Australia in Colombo to reach 214 for 5 at stumps. Dhananjaya de Silva was the stand-out with his maiden Test century, compiled in an unbeaten 188-run stand with Dinesh Chandimal

1160dAndrew Fidel Fernando

Australia hapless before de Silva's insouciance

In the heart of Colombo's administrative district, young Dhananjaya de Silva summoned up superlative casualness to give Australia a thorough government-office treatment

1160dDaniel Brettig

Sri Lanka, not pitches, won this series

Much of the talk around the series has focused on pitches, but it is Sri Lanka's resilient middle order that has consistently thwarted Australia's plans. It was no different in Colombo

1160dShiva Jayaraman

De Silva joins Kaluwitharana and Moin

Stats highlights from the first day's play of the 3rd Test at the SSC, where Dhananjaya de Silva and Dinesh Chandimal scripted an incredible fightback

Others

1161dDaniel Brettig in Colombo

Smith looks for evidence of Asian progress

Steven Smith seemed relaxed and upbeat ahead of Australia's third Test against Sri Lanka, highlighting the progress his side is making in adopting a more proactive approach on turning tracks

1161dThe Preview by Brydon Coverdale

Sri Lanka target rare series whitewash

At the SSC, Sri Lanka will have the chance to push for a rare series whitewash, while Australia will be desperate to end a horror streak in Asia

Hat-trick of whitewashes

3

Consecutive Test series for Australia in Asia where have been whitewashed - 4-0 by India 2012-13, 2-0 by Pakistan 2014-15 and 3-0 by Sri Lanka 2016.

One each

6

No. of 10-wicket hauls for Herath in Tests - each one has come against different teams, including Aus. Only Muralitharan has taken such hauls against more teams (9).

Middle order collapse

22

Runs added by Australia's No. 3, 4, 5 & 6 combined in this innings - their lowest in a Test inns vs SL. Previous lowest: 25 in Kandy 2004-05.

Herath's highest

23

Previous most wickets by Herath in a Test series - against Pakistan in 2014 (in 2 matches). Mitchell Marsh was his 24th wicket of this series.

Solid start at last

56

Aggregate of the 11 opening partnerships of this series, before this inns. Warner-Marsh have added more than that in this last opening stand of the series.

Out of Australia's hands?

307

Highest successful chase by Australia in Tests in Asia, against B'desh in Fatullah in 2006. The highest successful chase at SSC by any visiting team is 131.

The first

0

No. of SL players who scored a century and fifty in the same Test batting at No. 7 or lower, before this. Dhananjaya de Silva becomes the first SL player to do so.

Sixth-wicket show

298

Previous most runs by a team's sixth-wicket in a Test vs Australia, by India at Wankhede 1986-87. Sri Lanka's 6th wicket has added over 300 runs in this match.

Resistance from bottom

8

No. of 50+ partnerships for wickets 5 and lower in this series for Sri Lanka - joint-most for them in any series. Their first 4 wickets have had only 2 50+ stands.

Silva finds form

18

Runs scored by Kaushal Silva in the first 5 inns of this series. He opened in all those inns, but came at No. 3 in this inns and has made a fifty.

Starc's series

23

Previous most wickets by a visiting fast bowler in a Test series in Sri Lanka, by Richard Hadlee in 1983-84. Starc dismissed Mendis as his 24th wkt of this series.

Decent start at last

12

Average score at which Sri Lanka lost their second-wicket in this series, before this second inns. Their second wicket fell at 44 in this inns.