After an early top order collapse, Sri Lanka showed the fighting spirit on the day 1 of the third Test against Australia at Colombo (SSC). At the beginning of the day, Sri Lanka decided to bat first after winning the toss. At the stumps of day 1, Sri Lanka managed to score 214/5 from an earlier dangerous situation of 26/5.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 214/5 (Dhananjaya de Silva 116*, Dinesh Chandimal 64*, Nathan Lyon 2/72)
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 1 of 3rd Test:
- At the beginning of the day, the hosts Sri Lanka came under pressure after losing their first 5 wickets for just 26 runs. It was Sri Lanka’s second worst beginning (according to first 5-wicket fall) in their Test innings history. Sri Lanka’s worst beginning (according to first 5-wicket fall) in a Test innings history was 18/5 against New Zealand at Kandy in 1984.
- Sri Lanka’s no.7 batsman Dhananjaya de Silva hit a magnificent century on the day 1 and remained unbeaten on 116 runs at the end of the day. He was the second no.7 or lower Sri Lankan batsman to hit a Test century against Australia. Former Sri Lankan batsman Romesh Kaluwitharana was the other Sri Lankan batsman to hit a century against Australia after coming to bat at no.7 or lower. Coming to bat at no.7, Romesh Kaluwitharana scored an unbeaten 132 runs against Australia at Colombo (SSC) in 1992.
- At the stumps, on day 1, Sri Lankan batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva put an unbeaten 188 runs partnership for the 6th wicket of Sri Lanka’s innings. It was Sri Lanka’s second highest 7th wicket partnership against Australia in Test and also Sri Lanka’s fourth highest 7th wicket partnership in overall Test history.