Colombo: Shaun Marsh and Mike Hussey maintained their good form by hitting half-centuries to help Australia reach 235-5 on Friday at stumps on the opening day of the third and final Test against Sri Lanka.
Marsh top scored with 81 following his 141 in his debut innings in the second Test. Hussey followed up his 142 in the last Test with an unbeaten 63. He hit a six and six boundaries from 107 balls.
Sri Lankan seamers Suranga Lakmal and debutant Shaminda Eranga picked up two wickets each.
Spinner Rangana Herath bowled Marsh after he had faced 207 balls, hit seven boundaries and also helped salvage Australia's innings by sharing 79 runs with former captain Ricky Ponting, who made 48 after the hosts lost two wickets for 22 runs....more
01:07 AM, Feb 29, 2008