Sri Lanka vs Australia - Day 2 (3rd Test)

On the day 2 of the third and final Test between Sri Lanka and Australia at Colombo (SSC), Australia finally showed a good batting performance in this series. Sri Lanka made 355 in their 1st innings after began the day from their overnight score 214/5.

Australia is giving strong reply as they were 141/1 at the stumps of day 3. Australia is trailing by 214 runs at the end of the day 2.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 355 (Dinesh Chandimal 132, Dhananjaya de Silva 129, Mitchell Starc 5/63)

Australia – 141/1 (Shaun Marsh 64, Steven Smith 61*, Dhananjaya de Silva 1/20)

Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 2 of 3rd Test:

  1. Sri Lankan batsman Dinesh Chandimal played a superb knock of 132-runs innings during Sri Lanka’s first innings in this Test. Chandimal faced 356 deliveries during that innings which was the third most deliveries faced in a Test innings against Australia by a no.6 or lower batsman. The other two top most deliveries faced in a Test innings against Australia by a no.6 or lower batsmen were: former English batsman Joe Hardstaff (jnr.) had faced exact 400 deliveries at Kennington Oval in 1938 and South African batsman Faf du Plessis had faced 376 deliveries at Adelaide in 2012.

Also, Chandimal’s 356-deliveries facing was the third most deliveries faced by a Sri Lankan batsman in a Test innings against Australia. The other two top most delivery faced by a Sri Lankan batsman in a Test innings against Australia were: 399 deliveries by Asanka Gurusinha at Colombo (SSC) in 1992 and 361 deliveries by Aravinda de Silva at Brisbane in 1989.

 

  1. Sri Lankan batsmen Dinesh Chandimal and Dhananjaya de Silva put an outstanding 211 runs partnership for the 6th wicket which was Sri Lanka’s second highest 6th wicket partnership in a Test innings. Sri Lanka’s highest 6th wicket partnership in a Test innings was 351 runs between Mahela Jayawardene and Prasanna Jayawardene at Ahmedabad in 2009.

Also, this 211-runs partnership was Sri Lanka’s second highest Test partnership for any wicket against Australia. Sri Lanka’s highest Test partnership against Australia was 230 runs between Asanka Gurusinha and Arjuna Ranatunga for the 4th wicket at Colombo (SSC) in 1992.

 

  1. Two Sri Lankan batsmen hit centuries in the Sri Lanka’s first innings in this Test. It was the second time that more than one Sri Lankan batsman hit century in a Test innings against Australia. Before this innings, 3 Sri Lankan batsmen (Asanka Gurusinha 137, Arjuna Ranatunga 127 and Romesh Kaluwitharana 132*) hit centuries against Australia in the same Test innings (Sri Lanka’s 1st innings) at Colombo (SSC) in 1992.

 

  1. After losing first 5-wickets in less than 50 runs, Sri Lanka made 355 runs at the end of the first innings. It was the second highest score made by a team in a Test innings after losing first 5-wickets in less than 50 runs. In this category, 446 was the highest score in a Test innings which made by England at Lord’s in 2010 after losing their first 5-wickets at just 47 runs.

 

  1. Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc showed another good performance with his bowling. At the end of Sri Lanka’s first innings in this Test, Starc’s bowling figure was 25.1-11-63-5. It was the best bowling figure by an Australian pacer in a Test innings at Colombo (SSC) and 4th best bowling figure by an Australian pacer in Sri Lanka.

 

  1. Mitchell Starc’s this 5/63 performance was his 3rd 5-wicket haul in this ongoing series as well as overall Sri Lankan soil. Starc became jointly most no. of 5-wicket haul as a non-Asian pacer in Asian soil in a Test series along with Sir Andy Roberts (West Indies). Andy Roberts had also completed 3 times 5-wicket haul in a Tests series in Asian soil and that was against India in India in 1974/75.

Also Starc has earned jointly second most 5-wicket haul by a visiting bowler in the Sri Lankan soil along with Yasir Shah (Pakistan) and Junaid Khan (Pakistan). Three of them completed 3 times each 5-wicket haul in the Sri Lankan soil. Legendary Australian leg-spinner Shane Warne is at the top in this list as he had earned 6 times 5-wicket haul in the Sri Lankan soil.

 

  1. At the stumps of day 2, Australian opener Shaun Marsh and no.3 batsman Steven Smith put an unbeaten 120 runs partnership for the 2nd wicket. It was the second century partnership for Australia’s 2nd wicket in the Sri Lankan soil. Before this, Kepler Wessels and Graham Yallop had put a 170-runs partnership for Australia’s 2nd wicket at Kandy in 1983.