Australia vs Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3: Starc, Khawaja star as Sri Lanka set 516 to win

Mitchell Starc five wickets Australia Sri Lanka 2nd Test Day 3 Canberra cricket

Mitchell Starc finished with figures of 5-54 off 13.3 overs

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Mitchell Starc took a superb five-wicket haul and Usman Khawaja struck a brilliant 101 not out as Australia set Sri Lanka a mammoth target of 516 to win on the third day in Canberra.

Starting off the day on 123/3, Sri Lanka added 34 runs to their overnight score before Kusal Perera, who was on 29, retired hurt a short while after being struck on the helmet by Jhye Richardson.

Dhananjaya de Silva mustered 25 runs before he hit his wicket with his bat off the bowling of Starc.

Dimuth Karunaratne, who was cleared to bat after being struck on the back of the neck and stretchered off on the second day, was on his way back to the pavilion three balls later as he was caught by Kurtis Patterson at gully off the bowling of Starc for 59, which came off 95 balls and included seven boundaries.

Nathan Lyon then removed debutant Chamika Karunaratne, while Niroshan Dickwella was trapped lbw off the bowling of Marnus Labuschagne for 25.

Dilruwan Perera only scored 10 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Starc, who then cleaned up Vishwa Fernando for a duck.

With Kusal unable to bat, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 215, which gave Australia a 319-run lead.

Starc was the pick of the bowlers with five wickets, while Lyon snapped up two, and Labuschagne and Pat Cummins chipped in with one wicket apiece.

With a 319-run lead in hand, Australia made a dismal start to their second innings as opener Marcus Harris was caught by Kusal Mendis at second slip off the bowling of Kasun Rajitha for 14.

Joe Burns only made nine runs before he was also caught by Mendis at second slip, but off the bowling of Fernando.

Labuschagne was the next to go as he was caught behind off the bowling of Rajitha for four runs.

However, Khawaja and Travis Head came to the rescue as they put together an unbeaten 159-run partnership, during which Khawaja brought up his hundred and Head his fifty, before Australia declared on 196/3, which set Sri Lanka 516 to win.

Khawaja ended up making 101, which came off 136 balls and included 14 boundaries, while Head remained unbeaten on 59, which came off 95 deliveries and included eight boundaries.

Rajitha was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Fernando claimed one.

Chasing 516 to win, Sri Lanka openers Dimuth Karunaratne and Lahiru Thirimanne amassed an unbeaten 17-run partnership before stumps was called.

Karunaratne finished on eight, which came off 16 balls and included two boundaries, while Thirimanne also remained undefeated on eight, which came off 20 deliveries and included a solitary boundary.

Sri Lanka ended day three on 17/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 10:30 local time or 23:30 GMT (the previous day).

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