COLOMBO, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 13th August, 2016) - Dhananjaya de Silva scored his maiden Test century Saturday to steer Sri Lanka's revival from a precarious position to 214 for five at stumps against Australia on first day of the final Test in Colombo. De Silva and Dinesh Chandimal put together an unbeaten 188-run partnership for the sixth wicket to thwart the Australian bowling attack after Sri Lanka were reduced to 26 for five while batting first in the third Test.
De Silva continued his gritty innings by reaching 116 at close, with strong support from Chandimal, who scored his 11th Test half-century, batting on 64. Australia's Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon shared five wickets between them to decimate the Sri Lankan top-order before lunch but failed to make further inroads in the remaining two sessions. After settling at the crease, De Silva and Chandimal counter-attacked against an aggressive Australian onslaught who kept pushing hard by rotating their bowling options.
De Silva's 240-ball stay was laced with 16 boundaries while Chandimal has so far hit four boundaries. The 24-year-old De Silva, who made his debut at the start of this series, survived a dropped catch on 104 by Shaun Marsh at cover with Starc being the unlucky bowler. But the batting duo ensured Sri Lanka go into the second day with their tails up against the Australian attack that seemed to have lost its way after the initial burst. Medium-pacer Josh Hazlewood, left-arm spinner Jon Holland and allrounder Mitchell Marsh have so far returned wicketless during their spells.