Sri Lanka falter after Jayawardene finds runs

Stand-in Lahiru Thirimanne and skipper Mahela Jayawardene missed centuries as injury-hit Sri Lanka slumped to 294 all out after a strong start to the third Sydney Test against Australia on Thursday.

Thirimanne, who only arrived in Australia this week to cover for the injured Kumar Sangakkara, threw away a chance of a first Test hundred.

Jayawardene scored his first away Test half-century in more than three years but was caught at slip on 72.

The tourists, demoralised after last week’s innings and 201-run defeat in Melbourne to lose the series, showed greater resolve in the dead-rubber final Test as they chased their first ever Test win Down Under at the 13th attempt.

They were all out shortly before stumps on the opening day with paceman Jackson Bird taking four for 41 off 19.4 overs and recalled Mitchell Starc getting three wickets.Read more
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