Zeenews Sports Bureau
Colombo: Australia lost both the openers-Phillip Hughes (0) and Shane Watson (8)-early but Shaun Marsh (26 not out) and Ricky Ponting (25 not out) did the repairing job to take their score to 63/2 at lunch on Day 1 of the 3rd Test.
Sri Lanka have opted to bowl first in the 3rd and final Test against Australia at Colombo on Friday.
Middle-order batsman Thilan Samaraweera, who is in poor form during the ongoing Test series, has been dropped from the side.
Shaminda Eranga makes his Test debut while Lahiru Thirimanne and Rangana Herath came back to the side for this match.
Earlier, the start of play was delayed due to a wet run-up as a result of morning rain on Friday.
Australia lead the three-Test series 1-0.