Aussies Eye Win against Sri Lanka in Final Test in Colombo

August 16 14:51 2016

ausNew Delhi, Tuesday, August 16 – Australia are already down 2-0 in the ongoing three-match Test series against Sri Lanka. After the hosts stunned them through wins by 106 runs and 229 runs earlier, the tourists hoped for something good by making best use of the wicket in the last match, which is in progress at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.

Sri Lanka won the toss and decided to bat first, letting the players make batting skills be the highlight of the last encounter. Sri Lanka squad included Dinesh Chandimal, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kaushal Silva, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dilruwan Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath and Lakshan Sandakan. The players in extras were Vishwa Fernando, Roshen Silva, Asitha Fernando and Nuwan Pradeep.

At the same time, Australia Playing XI comprised, Shaun Marsh, David Warner, Steven Smith, Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Jon Holland, Moises Henriques and Nathan Lyon. Those to sit on bench and learn by watching were Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jackson Bird and Steve O’Keefe. Nothing else but putting best foot forward was the only option to achieve the goal for both sides. Sri Lanka scored 355 runs in their first innings. Chandimal and de Silva put the foundation for Sri Lanka’s impressive 1st innings with knock of 132 runs and 129 runs, respectively.

Herath was good to a certain extent too with 33-run knock off 71 balls. Partnerships were of huge significance and they were able to make a few. The hosts tried their best to not let Sri Lanka batsmen weave partnerships, which was supposed to pose problems when Australia came to bat.  But the Aussies accumulated 379 runs for the loss of 10 wickets in 125.1 overs.  It was perhaps the time when Australian captain needed to lead from front and let the group gain momentum. He played an innings of 119 runs. Marsh left a long lasting impression with his inning of 130 runs. With a handy lead, Australia aimed to do better against Sri Lanka, who have already clinched the series.

According to the current reports, on Day 4 of the last Test, Sri Lanka have taken the lead of 114 runs. Dilruwan Perera was lbw by Starc at 8 runs, Dimuth Karunaratne by Lyon at 22 runs, Kusal Perera by J Holland at 24 runs and Kusal Mendis by Starc at 18 runs. Kaushal Silva is batting at 47 runs. So far, he has hit four 4s. At the same time, Angelo Mathews – the captain – is batting at 18 runs, which consist of a boundary. Australian players have the potential to shine but the hosts have been pouring efforts to pocket win to whitewash the Aussies in the series.

Despite being thrashed in a row at the hands of Mathews’ men in the first two matches, the visiting squad is making all efforts to be outstanding in the ongoing games. It will be exciting for the fans to note what unfolds after today’s game come to an end. Players of both teams are all set for the action too. Since Sri Lanka focuses on accumulating substantial runs before Australia’s turn to bat for a second time comes, some good batting is likely ahead. As of now, Aussies aim to finish Sri Lankan innings as early as possible so that chasing the target doesn’t turn difficult.

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