Australia had lost three wickets in pursuit of 268 runs of Sri Lanka and facing a massive trial by spin. The match is playing at Pallekele. It’s 4th day of 1st Test match and Joe Burns, David Warner and Usman Khawaja departed cheaply. Now, Sri Lanka in in dominant position. A brilliant maiden century by Kusal Mendis helped Sri Lanka a lot.
With a lead of 196 runs for six, the host team were 282 in second innings. Because of rain, the match of the day end. Kusal Mendis was unbeaten on 169. Mitchel Starc and Nathan Lyon took two wickets each. After the early dismissal of Dimuth Karunaratne, Mendis came to the crease in the first over of the day. At the end of day, he had faced 243 balls and scored unbeaten 169 with the help of 20 boundaries. Mendis and Chandimal put on 117 runs in their fifth wicket partnership. Chandimal was out lbw for 42 off Marsh’s bowling. Then after the debutant de Silva scored 36 in a partnership and became Lyon’s 200th test victim and caught at long-on by Usman Khawaja.
Australian player Lyon become Australia’s first off-spinner who has taken 200 wickets in test matches.