On the day 4 of the third Test between Sri Lanka vs Australia at Colombo (SSC), Sri Lanka fought back after a quick top-order collapse. Sri Lanka began the day on their overnight score 22/1 and made 312/8 at the stumps of day 4. At the end of the day, Sri Lanka has a strong fighting lead of 288 runs over Australia.
Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 355 (Dinesh Chandimal 132, Dhananjaya de Silva 129, Mitchell Starc 5/63) & 312/8 (Kaushal Silva 115, Dhananjaya de Silva 44*, Mitchell Starc 1/19)
Australia – 379 (Shaun Marsh 130, Steven Smith 119, Rangana Herath 6/81)
Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 4 of 3rd Test:
- Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc earned his 24th wicket in the ongoing Test series after dismissing Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis. With that wicket, Starc became the highest wicket-taker as a non-Asian pacer in a Test series of three or fewer matches on Asian soil. The previous record was 23 wickets by Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) and that was also in Sri Lanka in 1984.
- After scoring two centuries by Sri Lankan batsmen (Dinesh Chandimal 132; Dhananjaya de Silva 129) in the first innings, another Sri Lankan batsman Kaushal Silva (115) scored a century in their second innings of this Test. It was the second time that total three centuries hit by Sri Lankan batsmen in a Test match against Australia which was also highest no. of the century hit by Sri Lankan batsmen in a Test match against Australia. Before this match, Sri Lankan batsmen hit 3 centuries in a Test match against Australia was in 1992 at Colombo (SSC) (Asanka Gurusinha 137, Arjuna Ranatunga 127 and Romesh Kaluwitharana 132*).
- Australian spinner Nathan Lyon has already bowled total 87 overs (50 overs in the 1st innings and 37 overs in the second innings) in this Test match. It is the third most overs bowl by an Australian bowler in the Asian soil. Lyon is just behind from Ashley Mallett (87.5 overs against India at Kanpur in 1969) and Tom Veivers (91.4 overs against India at Mumbai, BS in 1964). However, both of those records are possible to be broken on day 5.
- After scoring 355 runs in the 1st innings, Sri Lanka made another 300+ score in the second innings as their score was 312/8 in the second innings at the stumps of day 4. It was the first time that Sri Lanka made 300+ runs in the both innings of a Test match against Australia.
- Sri Lanka has already made total 667 runs (355 & 312/8) in this Test match and also they still can score more runs in this Test match. It was their second highest aggregate total in a Test match against Australia. Sri Lanka’s highest aggregate total in a Test match against Australia was 711 runs at Colombo (SSC) in 1992. However, Sri Lanka still can beat this record in this Test match.