Australia immediately fired off well when Pat Cummins dismissed Dinesh Chandimal on a first ball duck.
Cummins produced a brilliant length before swinging in straight that made Chandimal defend without his eyes.
It’s tough for Chandimal to stop a good ball at high speed when his bat edged straight to Kurtis Patterson at gully.
Sri Lanka now 2-17, as they trail by 162 runs or else, lost this Test match if Australia bowls them all out ASAP.
Not long later, Jhye Richardson got rid of Kusal Mendis on one with Sri Lanka now losing two men this session.
Richardson planted an excellent foundation in the middle pitching up wide to make the ball click.
Mendis whacked it too early without the ability to time it where he edged straight to Joe Burns at 2nd slip.
He should’ve kept the head as well as wait a bit to make the bat whack via the open bat face.
It took a while for Australia to see Roshen Silva back up Lahiru Thirimanne in the middle.
Pat Cummins had split this partnership when he bowled a great length going straight at high speed.
Silva had no idea when his attempted straight drive shot saw him took the eyes off the ball as well as no foot movement.
Plus the front foot began to lose its shape as if Silva started fell from his crease.
With Silva out for three & Cummins have four scalps, Sri Lanka now 4-35 with 144 runs needed to fight back.
It took a while for Australia to crack the Thirimanne-De Silva partnership before Richardson clean bowled De Silva on 14.
Richardson swung in full and straight angling onto the stumps before De Silva lost his shape & there goes his wicket.
If De Silva remained calm, then he would’ve survived.
Tea Day 3: Sri Lanka 4-58 & Trails by 121 runs
Sri Lanka’s batting over the early stages in this session hasn’t gone as well as expected.
Most of the attempted defenses or attacking shots came from a lack of concentration.
Yes, the bowler is making the ball click at high speed.
But they should at least leave the ball out as if it went wide as well as blocking it with the straight bat from the stumps.
After Tea, Sri Lanka needs both Lahiru Thirimanne (31) and Niroshan Dickwella (3) to hammer those basics and get going as much as they can.
On the other hand, Australia has done well this session.
They have made the Kookaburra ball click through unleashing the pace under their belly closer to the stumps.
It made the batsman hard to defend and attack off the right areas as well as the inability to be patient.
Once the batsman makes a mistake, the bowler has a bright idea to get things done which worked well.
The wickets coming from the stumps as well as catches has made this bowling attack go with the flow.