Sri Lanka in control of Colombo test

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Sri Lanka has gained an edge in the third and final cricket Test against Australia.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:06 IST
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Sri Lanka has gained an edge in the third and final cricket Test against Australia. Trailing by six runs, Australia lost Matthew Hayden (28), Ricky Ponting (20) and nightwatchman Jason Gillespie (1) before reaching 80 for three at stumps on the third day. They are now 74 ahead with seven wickets in hand. Opener Justin Langer was batting on 29. Hayden was trapped leg-before by Vaas while Ponting was caught in the slips off left-arm spinner Rangana Herath. Gillespie was also held in the slips off spinner Muttiah Muralitharan off what turned out to be the day's last ball. Salvaging pride Earlier, Hashan Tillakaratne salvaged his pride with an unbeaten half-century as Sri Lanka survived Gillespie's three-wicket haul to gain a slender lead. The left-hander, under pressure to retain the captaincy after losing the series and suffering a slump in batting form, slammed a solid 74 not out to help his team post 407 in reply to Australia's 401. Earlier, Sri Lanka were all out in the final session after resuming at 239 for two. Gillespie claimed three wickets, including two off successive balls in the day's opening over in a superb exhibition of fast bowling on a slow pitch. Leg-spinner Shane Warne and paceman Michael Kasprowicz grabbed two apiece, while part-time left-arm spinner Darren Lehmann got one to finish with three for 50. (Wire inputs)

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