Michael Hussey continued his prolific form on Australia”s Sri Lanka tour with another century to lift the visitors to a first innings total of 316 in the third and final Test today.
Australia, who resumed their first innings at their overnight score of 235-5, suffered a lower order collapse to be bowled out 10 minutes before lunch on the second day at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo.
Sri Lanka, seeking a series-levelling win, were nine for no loss after three overs at lunch, with Tharanga Paranavitana on eight and Lahiri Thirimanne on one.
Left-handed Hussey followed a match-winning 95 in the first Test in Galle and 142 in the drawn second game at Pallekele with a fluent 118 studded with 12 boundaries and two sixes.
The 36-year-old West Australian, playing his 62nd Test, passed 5,000 Test runs on way to his 15th century — the fourth against Sri Lanka.
Hussey was last man out, bowled by debutant seamer Shaminda Eranga, who finished with four for 65 after taking a wicket with his first delivery in Test cricket on Friday.
Left-arm seamer Chanaka Welegedara claimed three for 75, while new-ball partner Suranga Lakmal took 2-60.
Brad Haddin put on 75 for the sixth wicket with Hussey before he was the first batsman to be removed in the morning session, caught behind off Eranga.