Herath takes 4 wickets; Australia struggles to 146-6

Australian batsman Mitchell Marsh plays a shot during the second day of the first test cricket match between Sri Lanka and Australia in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)
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PALLEKELE, Sri Lanka (AP) Rangana Herath led Sri Lanka's fightback Wednesday, grabbing three wickets in the morning session as Australia went to lunch at 146-6 on the second day of the first cricket test.

A 29-run lead with only four wickets in hand reflected Australia's failure to capitalize on a splendid bowling effort on day one, when the hosts were bundled out for 117.

Adam Voges was unbeaten on 41 from 103 balls at the interval.

The Australians put on 80 for the loss of four wickets on the second morning after resuming at 66-2. Herath had Steve Smith (30) stumped to end a 62-run third-wicket partnership with Usman Khawaja.

Herath (4-35) then trapped Khawaja (26) lbw as Australia slipped to 70-4.

A 60-run stand between Voges and Mitchell Marsh (31) was broken by rookie spinner Lakshan Sandakan.