Two of those wickets went to Dushmantha Chameera, who was the pick of the Sri Lanka attack, bowling at lively pace and finding some early movement. He added a third scalp shortly after the tea interval when Pucovski’s promising innings ended with a top-edged hook to short leg – a dismissal the Sri Lankans will have locked away should he make a debut in Brisbane.
Pucovski had played nicely until that point, bringing out a cracking straight drive that was an early contender for shot of the day, before Patterson got going, but his dismissal will have done nothing to quieten the talk about a potential weakness against the short ball as he had previously been struck by bouncers.
He wasn’t alone in falling to the short ball, with Jason Sangha going to the same way when he hooked Rajitha to long-leg, which left the CA XI on 5 for 98.
By then, Patterson, who shook off an early blow to the helmet, was already ticking along nicely with some especially eye-catching strokes through the off side. His name has regularly been mentioned in debates around the Test side – he has 428 runs at 47.55 in the Sheffield Shield this season – but his conversion rate of six hundreds in 103 first-class innings has been held against him. In this innings, however, he looked a class apart with a lot of time to play his shots.
He brought up his century from 151 balls against the first delivery after dinner, and then unfurled a full range of strokes against a softening pink ball and some ineffective spin. He went from 100 to 150 in 52 deliveries.
Doran, the 22-year-old Tasmania batsman who is keeping in this game despite being the state’s third choice behind Tim Paine and Matthew Wade, played a very compact innings that included 12 boundaries – three of them coming in four balls against Rajitha – and had time to scamper to his century, which was brought up with a crisp straight drive off the same bowler four balls before the 75 overs of the innings were completed.
Faced with 13 overs as the lights took full effect, the Sri Lankan openers did well to get through although Dimuth Karunaratne survived a huge appeal for caught behind first ball.