Australia on edge of win over Sri Lanka in the 3rd Test

Australia are on the margin of a 3-0 series sweep after restrict  Sri Lanka to 225 for 7  with a small lead of 87 runs  at end  of play on a dramatic 3rd  day of the third test.

Australia   conquered the morning courtesy of a dazzling unbeaten century from Matthew Wade before declaring at 432 for 9 with a 1st  innings lead of 138 runs  just before lunch. The visitors  fight  back in the 2nd  session on the back of a hundred runs partnership between Dimuth Karunaratne (85) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (60) to quickly raise the prospect of a first ever Sri Lanka test win in Australia.

Karunaratne knock down short of his first   test hundred  soon after tea with his country still six runs in arrears, however, and Sri Lanka then crushed  to lose six wickets for just 93 runs. At stumps, Dinesh Chandimal (22) and Rangana Herath (9) were at the crease in front of a big  task to make bigger the lead and make Australia's chase anything more than a formality.

Lahiru Thirimanne (7), Thilan Samaraweera (0), Angelo Mathews (16), Jayawardene and Dhammika Prasad (15) then followed to leave the Sri Lanka  floundering. Samaraweera's wicket expected the biggest cheer of the day as Mike Hussey, playing in his final test before retirement, took the catch in the deep off the bowling of Nathan Lyon.

Mathew Wade had gain  plenty of cheers in the 1st  session with a knock of 102 runs  as bright as the pink shirts and hats being worn by much of the crowd in support of former Australia fast bowler Glenn McGrath's breast cancer charity. Wade  resumed Day on 47 with Australia just 48 runs ahead of Sri Lanka's 1st  innings tally of 294 and he reached his third test half century in the second over.

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