Pallekele: The second Test between Sri Lanka and Australia ended in a draw on Monday after rain washed out more than a session on the final day, frustrating the tourists' hopes of wrapping up the three-match series.
Sri Lanka reached 317-6 — a lead of 80 runs in the second innings — when rain interrupted play during the second session. No more play was possible.
A total of 136 overs were lost in the match because of rain and early stoppages due to bad light. Seamer Ryan Harris had best figures of 3-54 for Australia.
Australian captain Michael Clarke said that he was disappointed at being unable to force a decision in the match with more than a day's play being lost.
"Really happy with the way we performed today. We came out with the new ball and bowled good areas and managed to get a few wickets," he said.
Sri Lanka ended day four on 223-2, making Australia toil for wickets.
Sri Lanka's captain Tillakaratne Dilshan said he was happy with his team's improved batting after a string of failures.
"This is a very good batting performance after three innings. We did not bat (well) from the first test to now," Dilshan said. "All the batsmen have got confidence and we (hope to) carry this forward to the final test. This is a good sign for us as a batting group."
Australia leads the series 1-0, with the third game to be played in Colombo starting on Friday.
The Australians made good use of the new ball that was due just one over into the final day, on a pitch that offers early help for swing bowling.
Harris struck in the fourth over when he had Kumar Sangakkara caught at slip by captain Michael Clarke for his overnight score of 69. The dismissal ended a gritty 101-run partnership for the third wicket between Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene.
Sangakkara faced 165 balls and hit eight boundaries.
Clarke also caught Jayawardene, taking him at slip off Copeland for 51 off 133 balls, which included five fours.
Jayawardene was one of three Sri Lankan batsmen to score half-centuries in the second innings.
Australia batsman Mike Hussey was named player of the match for scoring 142 in Australia's innings and taking two wickets in the match.