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Australia outclassed in Sri Lanka: Smith

  • Australia outclassed in Sri Lanka: Smith

    Sri Lanka's Kaushal Silva celebrates after scoring a century (100 runs) during the fourth day of the third and final Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia at The Sinhalese Sports Club (SSC) Ground in Colombo on August 16, 2016. / AFP / LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The way Australia have batted this series, Sri Lanka have plenty of runs in the bank heading into the final day of the third Test in Colombo.

The hosts will resume on Wednesday at 8-312 in their second innings, leading by 288 runs as they seek to put the finishing touches on a 3-0 series whitewash.

The tourists have been bamboozled by Sri Lanka's three spinners over the past four weeks but second-innings century-maker Kaushal Silva was keen to point out after stumps on day four they weren't ready to open the door for Australia.

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"We don't want to declare," he said.

"We want to score as much as we can. If we have a really good target - like 350 - we can put them out of the game.

"From there we can attack. That's what we're planning."

Even if Australia take two quick wickets to start day five it will take something special to claim a consolation win on a wearing Sinhalese Sports Club strip.

On the back of centuries from Shaun Marsh and Steve Smith, Australia produced easily their best batting performance of the tour in the first innings in making 379.

However, Rangana Herath, Dilruwan Perera and Lakshan Sandakan will be raring to have a crack on the parched pitch that has been baking under the hot Colombo sun.

Sri Lanka made 268 in the fourth innings a year ago but still lost chasing 386 against India.

There were some big last-innings totals made in 2009 but that was before the square was re-laid.

One of David Warner, Shaun Marsh or Steve Smith will likely need to make a quickfire century to give Australia any kind of hope, while the forecast of early afternoon rain might also play a part.

Australian wicketkeeper Peter Nevill is only worried about getting rid of Dhananjaya de Silva, who is 44 not out and Suranga Lakmal who's yet to score.

"We need some early wickets in the morning," he said.

"Hopefully less than 300 but around that 300 mark. It will be a difficult chase, but you've got a chance to win a Test match for your country."

Silva pointed out the bowlers' foot marks are making run-scoring tricky.

"There were a lot of rough patches which are on a good length," he said.

"Especially Rangana and Dilruwan, they will play a (big) role on this wicket in the fourth innings." LAST 10

FOURTH-INNINGS SCORES IN TESTS AT SSC

Sri Lanka 268 chasing 386 - lost v India, Aug 2015

Pakistan 165 chasing 271 - lost v Sri Lanka, Aug 2014

South Africa 8-159 chasing 369 - draw v Sri Lanka, Jul 2014

Sri Lanka 2-86 chasing 261 - draw v Pakistan, Jun 2012

Sri Lanka 0-7 chasing 332 - draw v Australia, Sep 2011

New Zealand 397 chasing 494 - lost v Sri Lanka, Aug 2009

Sri Lanka 4-391 chasing 492 - draw v Pakistan, Jul 2009

Pakistan 4-337 chasing 458 - draw v Sri Lanka, Mar 2006

Sri Lanka 4-172 chasing 172 - won v West Indies, Jul 2005

South Africa 179 chasing 493 - lost v Sri Lanka, Aug 2004

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