Australia took six wickets in the final session to bowl out Sri Lanka for 294 on day one of the third cricket Test after sending the touring team in to bat.
Jackson Bird had Suranga Lakmal caught by Mike Hussey to end the innings just before stumps and finish with 4-41. Mitchell Starc claimed 3-71 and Peter Siddle took two wickets after home captain Michael Clarke won the toss and opted to utilize his four-man pace bowling attack first at the Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia seeks to sweep the series 3-0.
Lahiru Thirimanne and Mahela Jayawardene hit half-centuries to help lift Sri Lanka to 250-5 before the touring team lost its last five wickets for 44 runs.
Thirimanne top scored with 91 off 151 balls after arriving in Australia this week as cover for the injured Kumar Sangakkara, while Jayawardene made 72 in his final Test as Sri Lanka skipper before stepping down from the role.
Thirimanne got within nine runs of his maiden century in elite Tests before trying to slash a shot over the fielders that was caught by a diving David Warner, giving spin bowler Nathan Lyon his only wicket of the day.
Bird removed both opening batsmen before the lunch break. Jayawardene then led a counterattack until edging a Starc delivery to Clarke at slip. Siddle then trapped Thilan Samaraweera leg-before-wicket as Sri Lanka reached 169-4 at tea.
The tourists advanced to 222-4 in the final session before losing Angelo Mathews, Thirimanne, Dhammika Prasad, Dinesh Chandimal, Rangana Herath and Lakmal.
Sri Lanka, which has never won a Test in Australia, was forced to make four changes from the team that lost the second Test in Melbourne by an innings and 201 runs. Chandimal and Thirimanne came in for the injured Sangakkara and Prasanna Jayawardene, while Lakmal and Nuwan Pradeep replaced injured pacemen Chanaka Welegedara and Shaminda Eranga.
Before the start of play, a moment’s silence was observed for former England captain Tony Greig, who died in Sydney on Dec. 29 at age 66. Greig worked as a cricket commentator for Australia’s Nine television network for more than 30 years.