With the good batting performances by Sri Lankan batsmen on day 3 of the 1st Test at Pallekele, the match has entered into an interesting situation. Sri Lanka began the day with their overnight score 6/1, but once again, as in the first innings, the top-order failed. With the help of strong middle-order performance, Sri Lanka survived early damages and made a good comeback into the match. Before bad light and rain stopped the day’s play, Sri Lanka managed to score 282/6 with the lead of 196 runs.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka – 117 (Dhananjaya de Silva 24, Kusal Perera 20, Nathan Lyon 3/12) & 282/6 (Kusal Mendis 169*, Dinesh Chandimal 42, Mitchell Starc 2/44)

Australia – 203 (Adam Voges 47, Mitchell Marsh 31, Rangana Herath 4/49)

Here are some statistical highlights are given below of the day 3 of 1st Test:

  1. Sri Lankan batsman Kusal Mendis played a superb innings on the day as he scored his maiden international century and remained unbeaten on 169 runs at the end of the day. Currently, Mendis is in the second position in the list of top Test scores for Sri Lanka against Australia. With 192 runs at Hobart in 2007, Kumar Sangakkara is only ahead of Mendis.


  1. At the age of 21 years and 177 days, Kusal Mendis became youngest Sri Lankan batsman to score a Test century against Australia. The previous youngest Sri Lankan player to make a Test century against Australia was Romesh Kaluwitharana (22 years and 267 days).

Also, Kusal Mendis became second youngest batsman to score 150+ against Australia in a Test innings. Former South African cricketer Graeme Pollock (19 years and 331 days) was the youngest batsman to score 150+ against Australia in a Test innings.


  1. Kusal Mendis is the third Sri Lankan batsman to complete the maiden Test century with a six. Duleep Mendis (against India at Chennai in 1982) and Aravind de Silva (against Pakistan at Faisalabad in 1985) were the other two Sri Lankan batsmen to achieve this feat before Mendis.


  1. Sri Lankan batsmen Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal put on an 117 runs partnership for the 5th wicket in the 2nd innings of Sri Lanka’s batting. It was Sri Lanka’s third highest 5th wicket Test partnership against Australia.


  1. Australian spinner Nathan Lyon becomes third non-Asian off-spinner to pick up 200 or more Test wickets. Former West Indian off-spinner Lance Gibbs (309 wickets) and former England off-spinner Graeme Swann (255 wickets) were the other two non-Asian off-spinners to pick up 200 or more Test wickets.


  1. Australian captain Steve Smith has used 8 bowlers in the Sri Lanka’s second innings. It is the first time Australia used 8 bowlers in a Test innings against Sri Lanka. Overall it is 19th time that Australia used minimum 8 bowlers in a Test innings. Out of previous 18 times (excluding this innings); once Australia had used 10 bowlers in a Test innings (3rd innings against Pakistan at Rawalpindi in 1994) and other 17 times Australia used 8 bowlers in a Test innings. There are no recorded instances of Australia using 9 bowlers in an innings.

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