Michael Vandort (82) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (49) led Sri Lanka's fightback against Australia in the second innings but the visitors still trailed by 122 runs before bad light forced an early end to the fourth day of the first Test on Sunday.
On a day punctuated by short spells of rain, the Lankans, forced to follow on after being bundled out for 211 in reply to Australia's first innings total of 551 for 4 wickets declared, managed to score 218 for the loss of five wickets. Vandort's 170-ball knock, his first fifty against Australia and third overall, included 10 hits to the fence before he became Stuart MacGill’s 200th Test victim.
Jayawardene played a patient innings, hitting five fours before departing just one run short of his fifty, caught behind off Mitchell Johnson. Chamara Silva (5) and Prasanna Jayawardene (0) were on crease when the game was called off for the day.