Mitchell Starc immediately continued his impressive work with the ball having dismissed Dilruwan Perera on 10.
It’s gone straight with a decent middle length before D.Perera cut too early to Tim Paine’s gloves.
With no footwork & head position turning sideways, Perera had to play the price has failed to wait a bit late under pressure.
Not long later, Starc completed the 2nd Innings play as he cleans bowled Vishwa Fernando on a second-ball duck.
Again, Starc knew how to keep it simple to make the ball straighter and faster, so Fernando misses a defense under pressure.
And that’s how Starc got the job done when it entered through the gate as he gets his 5fer for 54.
It’s the tenth time that Starc achieved this feat in his Test career for Australia.
Final 2nd Innings Score: Sri Lanka 215 & Trails by 319 Runs
3rd Innings Play
Kasun Rajitha fired shots back to Australia when he dismissed Marcus Harris on 14.
It’s a full-length ball going straight and wide towards the keeper before Harris whacked it too early.
Harris only used the edge not knowing where to execute the spicy, full ball without the navigation of the feet.
That’s where his bat tagged the edge towards Kusal Mendis’s gentle hands at 2nd slip.
Sri Lanka soon got rid of Australia’s other Opening partner of Joe Burns on nine.
Vishwa Fernando made the same length which is full before going straight towards the keeper.
Burns hesitant not to leave out and made the edge with his head down low as Niroshan Dickwella took the catch.
Again, it’s the high speed that Fernando wanted to do to make Burns make a shot under pressure in the middle.
It’s how this short ball play helped Sri Lanka move up on the front foot.
And Marnus Labuschagne’s innings this time has short-lived on four thanks to the work from Kasun Rajitha.
Rajitha may not have attacked the stumps, but pitched full and straight at high speed.
Labuschagne panicked to play the late cut without controlling the crease from the feet and head.
That caused him plenty of trouble when it carried to Dickwella’s gloves.
Though, Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, at last, kept the Sri Lankan bowlers quiet for the remainder of this session.
Tea Day 3: Australia 3-67 & Leads by 386 Runs.
Sri Lanka’s very good at playing the short ball as long as there’s the pace to scare them off.
It made Harris, Burns & Labuschagne open up a loose shot which helped the fielders get the job done.
So the catches do work. But Sri Lanka needs to put pressure on making Australia play from the stumps.
That way more wickets could come from LBW & clean-bowls to aid Sri Lanka’s plan to restrict Australia as less as possible.
On the other hand, Australia needs to be careful.
Marcus Harris should’ve moved forward closer to the ball and not swung and miss the drive.
The head has to stay still before the ball whacks fast downtown which backfired.
Next time, play straighter and then high-risk shots once he gets his Test hundred.
Joe Burns looked somewhat unlucky when he could’ve left or defended forward with the blade.
Burns should’ve moved his feet to help himself & not let his bat touch the edge at all times.
Fellow, Queenslander, Marnus Labsuchagne tried to be creative with the cut shot.
It’s not worth it to execute this shot unless Labschagne calmed down & get the job done having left early.
Apart from that, Khawaja & Head went back to the square one plan and turned down the Sri Lankan bowlers volume.