Kusal Mendis’ maiden Test hundred pulled Sri Lanka out of trouble as they reached 282 for six when bad light brought an early close to the third day of the first test against Australia.
Mendis was 169 not out at the close off 243 deliveries.
He batted for five hours and hit 20 boundaries and a six against off spinner Nathan Lyon to bring up his century.
Batting at No. 4, he shared 117 runs for the fifth wicket with Dinesh Chandimal (42) after Sri Lanka had slumped to 86 for four.
Sri Lanka has a 196-run lead with four wickets in hand with the possibility of setting Australia a challenging winning target.