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Karunaratne was hit by a short ball from Cummins on Day 3

Another one down...

Sri Lanka continued to lose wickets in a clatter. Nathan Lyon accounted for Chamika Karunaratne's scalp with an off-break that turned as the lower order batsman inside-edged it to leg slip . The visitors are six down.

Fifty and dismissed

Karunaratne was stretched off the field on Day 2. He was in pain and agony. But the man from Colombo showed unwavering courage to return to the crease and crack a fifty. He reached the milestone with a boundary off Starc.

Unfortunately for the tourists, Dhananjaya de Silva was dismissed by Starc. It was yet another of those banged in deliveries. The set batsman tried to pull but was in no position to do so. In an attempt to pull, his bat clonked the stumps on the follow through and the off-bail is dislodged.

In the same over bowled by Starc, Karunaratne himself fell as he chased one to gully.

Kusal retires hurt; Karunaratne back!

Unfortunately, Kusal Perera seems to be feeling a bit dizzy and has decided to go back to the pavilion! Bad news for the visitors. And there you go... Dimuth Karunaratne is back!! The crowd cheers the resolute battler as he makes his way back. One of the heartwarming moments of the Test.

The relentless bumper barrage

Australia have been relentless with the bumper barrage. This time Richardson fires in a rocket that smacks Kusal Perera on the side of the grille. Oh! he falls down too. Marcus Harris from deepish FSL checks the middle order batsman. Thankfully, he looks fine as he gets up and gives a thumbs up.

Positive intent

With a range of pulls and flicks, Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva have come out with a positive intent. The duo has taken the score past 150. This stand would brighten up the spirits of the visiting side's camp.

Build Up

Day 3 of the Australia-Sri Lanka Test in Canberra was mostly about the sickening blow that Karunaratne sustained in the 28th over. The southpaw batsman tried to duck a short ball from Cummins. But the pacy short delivery kept following him and the opener copped a blow on the back of the helmet, just about the neck.

Immediately, opener fell down on the ground as the Australian physio and Sri Lanka's team doctor rushed out to the middle. Roshen Silva, the substitute fielder, helped to remove his gloves, helmet and pads. Eventually, paramedics carried the opener off the field via a stretcher. As he was stretched off, players from both camps had concerned looks on their faces. The ambulance also arrived at the ground as he was taken to hospital. He was wearing flaps, which was basically designed to protect the batsman from blows on the back of the helmet.

Thankfully, Karunaratne later sent out a message via Twitter that he was ready for the battle again:

Meanwhile, Cummins, the fast bowler, who hit him with the banged in delivery had this to say: "I wish him all the best and hopefully he's doing all right. You never like seeing that. It's just one of those things that happens in cricket. Whether its your team mate, another team mate, you just hope they're OK."

On the field, Australia continued to hold all the aces. Patterson cracked his maiden Test ton as the hosts powered their way to 534 for 5 declared. Karunaratne and Thirimanne had piloted the visitors to 82 for no loss and the duo looked good for more. Unfortunately that blow to Karunaratne changed it all. After the opener retired hurt, Lyon removed Thirimanne, while Cummins and Starc accounted for the duo of Mendis and Chandimal as Sri Lanka slid to 123 for 3.

Can the visitors put up a fight on Day 3? Will Karunaratne play a heroic innings when he returns to the crease? All the action in a while.

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