The Sri Lankan batsmen fought hard until the final moments of the fifth day but the rival bowlers got through their defences and won the match for Australia.
Australia came back in the match by removing the openers of Sri Lanka and the home side looks for a victory after setting a mammoth target for the visitors.
Tillakaratne Dilshan thrashed a ton and ably assisted by Angelo Matthews, he saved Sri Lanka from a follow on as Australia got a comprehensive lead in the match.
New Zealand demonstrated an all round performance in the second Test, upset the hosts, Sri Lanka, registered their first win of 2012, and squared the series.
Thilan Samaraweera played an anchor’s role in the first innings of Sri Lanka and avoided a follow on against New Zealand that looked eminent at one stage.
Chennai Super Kings held their nerves and brought the statistics even by winning the match vs. Pune Warriors after losing to them earlier in the 16th match.
England was cruising well in their first innings due to a solid opening stand of 122 runs against Sri Lanka and was chasing well at 154 with 9 wickets in hand.
Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lanka from the front by thrashing a ton as the home side ended up the first day of the second Test vs. England on a high note.