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Live Cricket Score - Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3, Brisbane

Cricket news - Live Cricket Score - Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Day 3, Brisbane

Jhye Richardson: It all happened really quickly. Didn't get much sleep much on the first night, happy to put up that effort. The guys performed outstandingly. The support was there all the way. Couldn't have asked for anything better. Just the patience, being able to use subtle variations and able to watch him (Cummins) bowl from the other end, I just tried to create pressure along with him; it was perfect. He (Paine) just said, if we continue to put performances like that, we can beat anyone in the world. We are all really excited. (On Patterson's catch) Outstanding catch, that was unbelievable.

All over at The Gabba:

Nathan Lyon bags the final wicket, getting Lakmal out stumped. With an injured Lahiru Kumara not coming out to bat, that's the end of the match as Sri Lanka slip to a loss by an innings and 40 runs. Pat Cummins is the star, bagging his maiden 10-wicket haul to ensure a quick finish to the Test and a mammoth victory for the hosts.

Patterson takes a screamer!!

Wow! Patterson has turned into a bird as he takes a splendid one-handed catch. Athletic excellence at its best. Australian players ran towards the debutant and mobbed him. Great scenes at the Gabba, if you're an Australian fan. And with it, Cummins also picks up his 10th wicket for the match. What a champion fast bowler.

Cummins again extracted that kicking bounce and Perera could only slice it to the gully where Patterson flew across and grabbed a screamer and he did well to keep his balance when he hit the ground with a thud.

Australia inch closer

Richardson has another one. The young pacer continued to snap his wrist to find a bit of extra life out of the wicket and eventually was rewarded with the scalp of Dickwella via a short ball. Australia just three wickets away...

Cummins and five-for

Cummins takes five. Well-deserved haul. It seemed to be the faintest of edges if any. The fast bowler took the round the wicket angle and got it to straighten after pitching to produce the edge. Thirimanne took the review. On the HotSpot there was nothing. The Snicko might have just spotted a very faint edge or a kind of a murmur. Thirimanne is disappointed but he has to trudge back...

More bad news for Sri Lanka as Kumara, the fast bowler, has been ruled out of the rest of the series due to a hamstring injury.

The Richardson-Cummins combo

Pat Cummins ripped through the cream of Sri Lanka's batting unit as Australia maintained their firm grip on the proceedings at Tea on Day 3.

Sri Lanka commenced the day at 17 for 1, still trailing by 162 and they soon found themselves in further trouble when Cummins dislodged Dinesh Chandimal off his second ball of the day. It was a brute of a delivery that climbed awkwardly to take the splice of Chandimal's willow and into the hands of Kurtis Patterson.

Kusal Mendis, one of the mainstays of the line-up, then fell to a sucker ball in the channel outside the off stump and the resultant edge was caught by Joe Burns in the slips. To make matters worse, Roshen Silva followed suit by driving at another of those fuller length deliveries only to edge it to the slip cordon.

At 35 for 4, the tourists were in deep trouble. At that juncture, Dhananjaya de Silva and Lahiru Thirimanne (31*) staged a mini-recovery. There were a few plays and misses and Thirimanne was adjudged LBW off Lyon. However, the southpaw placed his belief in the review and replays suggested that it was going over the stumps.

The pair seemed to have paddled through the early storm only for Jhye Richardson to produce a peach to castle de Silva on the stroke of Tea. It was a full delivery that straightened on the angle to knock over the timber of the batsman. As there was a hint of an inward angle, de Silva instinctively attempted to play across the line but it straightened and at pace to clean up the stumps.

With half of the side back in the hut, the tourists have an uphill task to even avoid an innings defeat.


Cummins on fire

Another one bites the dust. Sri Lanka sliding to a crushing defeat quickly. And it is Cummins again who strikes. It was the sucker delivery that was bowled a tad outside off. Roshen couldn't resist and went for the expansive drive and eked out an edge to the slip cordon.

The visitors are in a disarray. And Cummins is on fire.

Gabba bounce saves Thirimanne

Lyon then reduced Sri Lanka to four down by picking up Thirimanne's scalp. But wait! Thirimanne had a word with Roshen, his batting partner, and decided to take the review against the LBW decision. Replays suggested the ball was going over the stumps. The ball had hit the batsman above the knee-roll. The Gabba bounce.


Cummins on a roll

It didn't take long for Cummins to pick up his second wicket of the innings! It was a brute of a delivery that climbed from short of a length and took the splice of Chandimal's bat and straight into the hands of Patterson at gully.

Sri Lanka's troubles didn't end there as Mendis flirted at one outside off from Cummins and was caught in the slip cordon. The tourists are in dire-straits at the moment. They have already given a lead of 179 and are three down in the second essay.

And what about Cummins? He is undoubtedly the most complete fast bowler in this line-up.

Here's something on the Head-Labuschagne duet

Build Up:

Labuschagne and Head. The two batsmen gave renewed hope to the Australian camp that they have players coming through the ranks who can paddle through tricky conditions and score runs.

On Day 2, Australia had found themselves in a spot of bother at 82 for 4. However, the pair of Labuschagne and Head strung together a partnership of 166 for the fifth wicket to put Australia back in command.

For Sri Lanka, Suranga Lakmal bowled with excellent control and found just enough movement to trouble the home side and picked up five wickets. He could have also dismissed Head earlier on in the innings only for Dickwella to grass the chance.

After Australia gained a substantial first innings lead of 179, Cummins struck via the final ball of the day to dismiss Karunratne. He is certainly the heartbeat of the side.

Can the visitors put up a fight in the fortress of Australian cricket - Gabba? We will have all the action in a while.

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