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Australia hits back with Marsh, Smith fifties

Visitor ends Day 2 of third and final Test on 141/1 in reply to Sri Lanka’s 355

Australia hits back with Marsh, Smith fifties - Cricket News
Steven Smith scored an unbeaten 61, forging a 120-run stand with Shaun Marsh.
Battling half-centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steven Smith helped Australia's fightback against Sri Lanka on the second day of the third and final Test at Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo on Sunday (August 14).
 
Following David Warner's dismissal for 11, Smith joined Marsh at the crease and the two stitched together an unbeaten 120-run stand, rallying Australia to a commanding 141 for 1 at close in response to Sri Lanka's 355.
 
Dhananjaya de Silva, resuming on 116, was dismissed early on Sunday for 129, but Dinesh Chandimal, who started the day at 64, held fort and went on to bring up a century for himself, thus furthering Sri Lanka's recovery after it had been reduced to 26 for 5 on the first morning.
 
Chandimal found a willing partner in Rangana Herath, who scored 33 before retiring hurt after being struck by Josh Hazlewood, and the two added 73 runs for the seventh wicket.
 
Mitchell Starc, the leading wicket-taker in the series so far, finished with another good haul (5-63), getting the wickets of Chandimal and Suranga Lakmal – Chandimal finished on 132. Nathan Lyon, who bowled well on the first day, got the prized wicket of de Silva to finish with 3 for 110.


 
Australia started poorly, losing Warner to de Silva, but Smith, the captain, alongside the recalled Marsh, batted sensibly to thwart all concerns.
 
On scoring his 27th run, Smith brought up his 4000-run milestone in Tests, becoming the youngest Australian to get to the mark.
 
Australia is under desperate pressure to stave off the threat of a whitewash, and the Smith-Marsh might have provided Australians just the motivation to succeed in that endeavour. Marsh was unbeaten on 64 to Smith’s 61 at close of play.

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