Run machine Michael Clarke heaps misery on Sri Lanka
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The quick wickets gave Sri Lanka faint hope of saving the match but they were plunged back into the mire with a defiant seventh wicket stand of 61 from middle order batsman Mike Hussey and Johnson.
Hussey was caught for 34 shortly before the drinks break, with a mis-timed slog to long on off the bowling of part-time spinner Tillakaratne Dilshan.
Pint-sized spinner Rangana Herath put in a bid for catch-of-the-year as he scampered to his left and plucked an extraordinary, lunging catch with the thumb and forefinger on his left hand to draw kowtows from the crowd.
Johnson, who led Australia's first innings bowling with a four-wicket haul, marched on with seamer Peter Siddle and raised his seventh half-century with a push to mid-on for two.
Siddle was removed for 13 with a blinding catch to Jayawardene in the slips to give Eranga a second wicket.
It was again a day of lost opportunities for Sri Lanka, however, who dropped both Clarke and Watson late on day two.
Clarke survived another life three overs before lunch when on 58, when Jayawardene spilled a sharp chance in the slips from spinner Rangana Herath.
Mike Hussey also had a life on seven when he was dropped by replacement wicketkeeper Kumar Sangakkara.
Sri Lanka were already a man down before Welegedara's injury, with wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene suffering a broken thumb on day one.
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