Saturday, 13 August 2016 - 19:19
De Silva leads Sri Lanka's fightback against Australia after disastrous start
Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews's decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired disastrously when Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and off spinner Nathan Lyon ripped through the top order, reducing Sri Lanka to 26-5.
Starc had bowling figures of 3-47 with Lyon 2-72.
However, Dhananjaya de Silva hit a maiden test century and shared an unbroken 188-run partnership for the sixth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal as Sri Lanka recovered from their precarious start against Australia to reach 214-5 at stumps on the first day of the third and final test.
Playing only his third test match, De Silva was unbeaten on 116 from 240 balls, with 16 boundaries.
Chandimal ended the day on 64 not out.