When the fourth day of the Colombo Test began on Tuesday, the match was well-balanced. Rangana Herath's six-for the previous day meant that Australia's lead was restricted to a negotiable 24 despite fascinating hundreds from skipper Steven Smith and Shaun Marsh.
On paper, 214 for 5 on the opening day of a Test match looks rather routine. Under normal circumstances, it would be a case of the bowling side having a slight edge, with the batting side just about hanging in there
Sri Lanka and Australia have experienced extremely contrasting fortunes in the Test series so far. While the hosts have been completely dominant, Australia have just not found a way to deal with the conditions