Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 3rd day December 16, 2012

Siddle keeps Australia on top despite Dilshan ton

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Australia 5 for 450 dec and 0 for 27 lead Sri Lanka 336 (Dilshan 147, Mathews 75, Siddle 5-54) by 141 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Sri Lanka's erstwhile captain Tillakaratne Dilshan and their likely next leader Angelo Mathews did their best to drag their team back into the Test on the third day at Bellerive Oval, but a relentless Peter Siddle ensured Australia remained well on top. Again the weather in Hobart was fickle, leading to all sorts of session adjustments, and by the time a late stumps time arrived Australia's advantage had grown to 141, leaving them to set Sri Lanka a target over the next two days.

David Warner and Ed Cowan had reached stumps safely, Cowan on 16 and Warner on 8, and Australia were 0 for 27. There had been nervous moments for both men - Cowan would have been lbw on 5 had Nuwan Kulasekara convinced his captain to ask for a review, and Warner edged just wide of second slip - but all that mattered was that they had survived.

The Sri Lankans had been dismissed for 336 during the final session, their last four wickets falling for 20 runs after Dilshan and Mathews had earlier batted for the best part of two sessions without letting the Australians break through. Australia's cause was not helped by an injury to Ben Hilfenhaus, who left the field with a suspected side strain while bowling his fourth over, and it meant plenty of extra work for the rest of the attack. It was a good thing they had Siddle.

Against the South Africans in Adelaide last month, Siddle had carried Australia's bowling in a similar situation, when James Pattinson had suffered an injury mid-match, and here again he was the man to whom Michael Clarke turned. Siddle responded by attacking the stumps, drying up runs, accumulating maidens and eventually was rewarded with a five-wicket haul, including the key dismissals of Mathews for 75 and Prasanna Jaywardene for 40.

Siddle finished with 5 for 54 from his 25.3 overs and his efforts were all the more valuable because Australia's other fit genuine fast man, Mitchell Starc, struggled to find consistent lines and lengths. Dilshan and Mathews were allowed to rattle on at a fast tempo in the first session and although the runs slowed down after lunch, the wickets didn't start to pile up for Australia until the post-tea period.

Dilshan's third Test century in his past four Tests was the key for Sri Lanka, who required someone to anchor the innings after they stumbled to 4 for 87 at stumps on the second day. Dilshan had ample support from Mathews in a 161-run stand, a Sri Lankan Test record for any wicket in Australia, and he reached his hundred shortly before lunch, which was called early due to rain.

Although Dilshan was stuck in the nineties for half an hour, he eventually brought up the milestone from his 148th delivery by steering a ball from Siddle behind point for a boundary. His vocal celebration showed how important the innings was to him and his team, and it was important that he hadn't let things stagnate in the morning.

Dilshan was very strong through the off side, cutting and driving with power and he finished with 21 boundaries, largely in the region from backward point to long-off. Although he slowed down after lunch, and appeared to tire as the day wore on, he continued to blunt the bowlers, offering only the occasional half chance, an edge that flew safely or a swing and a narrow miss. By the end of his innings, Dilshan had played out 200 dot balls, a remarkable tally, but one that the Sri Lankans didn't care too much about given the runs he provided.

For much of his innings, Dilshan was accompanied by Mathews, who picked up a couple of early boundaries by pulling short deliveries and was very impressive down the ground to the spinner Nathan Lyon, using his feet well and taking few risks. He moved past his half-century from his 127th delivery but on 75 was lbw to Siddle, a review unable to save him from the umpire's verdict.

Not that the Australians were perfect in their use of the review system either. When Dilshan was on 125, the cordon gave a half-hearted shout for caught-behind but the bowler Siddle wasn't interested; had they reviewed the not-out call, Dilshan would have been gone, as Hot Spot indicated the ball had tickled the outside edge on the way through to Matthew Wade. Eventually Dilshan was bowled by a Starc yorker for 147, and from there the wickets started to fall more regularly.

Prasanna Jayawardene made a brisk 40 before he was the victim of a very judicious lbw review by Clarke off the bowling of Siddle. The umpire Tony Hill had turned the appeal down as it appeared to have come off the inside edge, but replays showed the ball had flicked the pad before the bat, and Jayawardene was sent on his way. Soon afterwards Rangana Herath was given lbw off Siddle and there had been an inside edge before pad, but Sri Lanka had no reviews left to reprieve Herath.

The final two wickets fell with the score on 336, Nuwan Kulasekara, who had earlier survived a missed stumping by Matthew Wade, caught on the boundary by the substitute Jordan Silk off the bowling of Nathan Lyon for 23, and then Chanaka Welegedara caught at gully off Siddle for a duck. It left Sri Lanka 114 behind on the first innings, and although they had boosted their chances of playing out a draw, much work remained for them over the remaining two days.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Further to Matthews. Until now, I had only seen him in action in the shorter forms, & you know my take on these games, so I didn't really think too highly of him, but I have to admit, this guy is a genuine class act. In him, you have the basis of a strong future, he seems to have a knack for reading the game as well. I really hope Sri Lanka can produce some youngsters coming through to support him for when your ageing stars retire. A strong Sri Lanka or any country for that matter is a must for test cricket to survive & prosper, His bowling, although adequate for ODI is a level short for test (IMHO) as a frontline bowler, but good wishes for his future, very impressive indeed.

  • on December 16, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Go go go Australia. Easy to win this match

  • Htc-Android on December 16, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @ Narbavi. in the past 10 years we only played 4 test matches in Aus. whereas ur team played 12 test matches. So please dont compare ur batsmans performance with our batsmen.Despite playing limited amount of test matches in Australia sanga, Atapattu, jayawardene and now dilshan have scored a hundred each. If we play more matches we will deliver the same.

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Chugster - If your trying to be measured you might also noite the class of Swann average on Australian wickets is way down on the poor imitation of Lyon. Johnson had 12 months wehere he was the best bowler going around if he could get back to somewhere near there he will scare a few English batsman. Starc is 20 years of age and about the same stage as your own Finn. Watson is out of form but in a couple year period was the best performed opening batsman going round and Hilfenhaus previous 12 months was exceptional - if he goes away and builds up his strength for the English tour he will be a force. We are an improving Australian side with several players out of form, there is no doubt we can compete with England and there two man batting line up, fumble fingers keeper and one man Anderson bowling attack.

  • on December 16, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Wade is the best wicket keeper. He scored 68 valuable runs in the good total of Australia. P. Jayawardene in his 40 too many chances. hopeless. Go wade and go Australia. From an Indian cricket admirer.

  • lananad on December 16, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Hats off to gutty srilankans.Being a tiny Island it is amazing to see the talent. I see all negative comments by Indians. Indians fans please resolves your own issues. You guys can't even win at home. No wonder lost 8 games overseas. Get a life Indian fans..

  • Test-is-the-best on December 16, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    SANGAKKARA & MAHELA has shown their incapabililty yet again to repair the ining when one or two wickets falls so cheaply. The bitter truth is they rise ONLY when DILSHAN attacks upfront. Dilshan is the only batsmen who can counter attack when the team desperately need to do so. I rate Maththews behind him. Still Maththews could not make a big hundred though he could resist to some extent.

  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Sinhaya, Actually there is nothing too much wrong in being defensive when you are either slightly off or the bowling is spot on. Still think Matthews has a great future with a very solid technique. True the Aussies played & missed as well, but Dilshan's technique still looks too loose for the moving ball. A good effort though, by Sri Lanka to come back.

  • ShehanJ on December 16, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @Prabhash1985 Just because Dilshan scored 147 and Angelo scored 75, don't overestimate the SL team. Don't under estimate the Aussies even without Siddle. Remember that the SL batsmen might have to bat after lunch or tea on the 4th day and survive the whole of the 5th day. Starc did not bowl too well, but he might come back strong in the second innings. Only non stop rain could save SL from defeat.

  • Crunchtime1 on December 16, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @sinhaya - justice for 2007? not even remotely close bud, sri lanka were on the verge of something historic back then (a win in aus). dilshan's wicket was only worth an extra 20 runs in this lost/drawn game he escaped in the 120s. huh ...justice...

    @mervo - Dilshan may have some luck but which batsmen don't? hashim amla was dropped i think every or almost everytime he scored a century this summer, his breakout summer. THAT is lucky. If Dilshan was terrible (he is not), i fear what think of the long line of batsmen out there who are beneath him. ill admit though when he does miss, it looks bad, but equally on the other end it looks enhancingly better when he gets it (most of the time).

  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Further to Matthews. Until now, I had only seen him in action in the shorter forms, & you know my take on these games, so I didn't really think too highly of him, but I have to admit, this guy is a genuine class act. In him, you have the basis of a strong future, he seems to have a knack for reading the game as well. I really hope Sri Lanka can produce some youngsters coming through to support him for when your ageing stars retire. A strong Sri Lanka or any country for that matter is a must for test cricket to survive & prosper, His bowling, although adequate for ODI is a level short for test (IMHO) as a frontline bowler, but good wishes for his future, very impressive indeed.

  • on December 16, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    Go go go Australia. Easy to win this match

  • Htc-Android on December 16, 2012, 23:02 GMT

    @ Narbavi. in the past 10 years we only played 4 test matches in Aus. whereas ur team played 12 test matches. So please dont compare ur batsmans performance with our batsmen.Despite playing limited amount of test matches in Australia sanga, Atapattu, jayawardene and now dilshan have scored a hundred each. If we play more matches we will deliver the same.

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2012, 23:01 GMT

    Chugster - If your trying to be measured you might also noite the class of Swann average on Australian wickets is way down on the poor imitation of Lyon. Johnson had 12 months wehere he was the best bowler going around if he could get back to somewhere near there he will scare a few English batsman. Starc is 20 years of age and about the same stage as your own Finn. Watson is out of form but in a couple year period was the best performed opening batsman going round and Hilfenhaus previous 12 months was exceptional - if he goes away and builds up his strength for the English tour he will be a force. We are an improving Australian side with several players out of form, there is no doubt we can compete with England and there two man batting line up, fumble fingers keeper and one man Anderson bowling attack.

  • on December 16, 2012, 22:52 GMT

    Wade is the best wicket keeper. He scored 68 valuable runs in the good total of Australia. P. Jayawardene in his 40 too many chances. hopeless. Go wade and go Australia. From an Indian cricket admirer.

  • lananad on December 16, 2012, 22:43 GMT

    Hats off to gutty srilankans.Being a tiny Island it is amazing to see the talent. I see all negative comments by Indians. Indians fans please resolves your own issues. You guys can't even win at home. No wonder lost 8 games overseas. Get a life Indian fans..

  • Test-is-the-best on December 16, 2012, 22:07 GMT

    SANGAKKARA & MAHELA has shown their incapabililty yet again to repair the ining when one or two wickets falls so cheaply. The bitter truth is they rise ONLY when DILSHAN attacks upfront. Dilshan is the only batsmen who can counter attack when the team desperately need to do so. I rate Maththews behind him. Still Maththews could not make a big hundred though he could resist to some extent.

  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 21:31 GMT

    @Sinhaya, Actually there is nothing too much wrong in being defensive when you are either slightly off or the bowling is spot on. Still think Matthews has a great future with a very solid technique. True the Aussies played & missed as well, but Dilshan's technique still looks too loose for the moving ball. A good effort though, by Sri Lanka to come back.

  • ShehanJ on December 16, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    @Prabhash1985 Just because Dilshan scored 147 and Angelo scored 75, don't overestimate the SL team. Don't under estimate the Aussies even without Siddle. Remember that the SL batsmen might have to bat after lunch or tea on the 4th day and survive the whole of the 5th day. Starc did not bowl too well, but he might come back strong in the second innings. Only non stop rain could save SL from defeat.

  • Crunchtime1 on December 16, 2012, 21:27 GMT

    @sinhaya - justice for 2007? not even remotely close bud, sri lanka were on the verge of something historic back then (a win in aus). dilshan's wicket was only worth an extra 20 runs in this lost/drawn game he escaped in the 120s. huh ...justice...

    @mervo - Dilshan may have some luck but which batsmen don't? hashim amla was dropped i think every or almost everytime he scored a century this summer, his breakout summer. THAT is lucky. If Dilshan was terrible (he is not), i fear what think of the long line of batsmen out there who are beneath him. ill admit though when he does miss, it looks bad, but equally on the other end it looks enhancingly better when he gets it (most of the time).

  • wellrounded87 on December 16, 2012, 21:10 GMT

    Australia are in a win or draw only position here providing they don't have a complete batting collapse like last years bellerive test against NZ. I suppose SL fans have that hope to hang onto. But i don't see a repeat of that happening, SL's pace attack lack the sting to rip through the batting. I think Warner will be given free reign to play his natural game this morning and if he keeps his wicket for the most of the first session could pile up a 100 or close to it and AUS could have a lead of 350-400 by tea for an attacking declaration and 4 sessions to bowl out Sri Lanka for the win.

  • pat_one_back on December 16, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    Have you ever watched a game of cricket LoonyTukkerSafa???? The only reason your overhyped team left this country ranked No 1 was the rub of the green in Adelaide and Aussie injuries. Would love to see you try and bowl in those floppy shoes you like to wear.

  • Biggus on December 16, 2012, 19:49 GMT

    @Prabhash1985-Mate, when you end a statement with the word 'period' a full stop/period is unnecessary after it. What you have in effect done is end the sentence with two full stops/periods. All the subcontinental posters seem to love to use it but don't seem to understand it. 'Period'=.

  • BravoBravo on December 16, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    AUS dominated the cricket for a long long time. Even now they are the a force to contend with. SL you doing well, keep the momentum, you will win eventually in AUS. WI, PAK won in AUS. PAK and WI even whitewashed AUS on occassions. @Narbavi_"Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Viru and Sourav have all scored memorable tons in australia, Dravid and laxman". Tru mate, but here is another MEMORABLE thing- all of them has another covetted record that they all lost 8 test in a row. None of the current SL batsmen has ever held that kind of record loosing 8 matches in a row (2 towel dried white washe).

  • Ramansilva on December 16, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    @Narbavi, ok ok mate, we know how great your heroes are but don't forget teams win matches, not the individuals. Just look at the statistics in Cricinfo regarding last IND-AUS and IND-ENG series and the on-going IND-ENG series. You will see disheartening statistics. So stop glorifying and comparing your demi gods.

  • landl47 on December 16, 2012, 18:41 GMT

    A good effort by Siddle- he's a 100% guy. There's way too much criticism of Starc; he's a very young inexperienced player who is going to have some bad days. He came back from a poor day with a 6fer against SA, don't write him off in this game. As for Lyon, I'm one English fan who thinks he's developing very well as a bowler. Considering how little first-class cricket he's played and that he's bowling in Australia, he's doing everything and more that could be expected. He's already a very good bowler, certainly the best Aussie off-spinner I've seen since Mallett. Like Swanny, his figures won't reflect how good he is because he's not bowling on helpful tracks. He'll enjoy India next year. SL might scrape a draw from this game, with Aus a bowler down; great innings by Dilshan and support from Mathews, but Aus still on top. Good game.

  • SunAndSea on December 16, 2012, 18:23 GMT

    This vegetarian nonsense is obviously affecting Siddle's performance. If he ate meat he would have taken 10 wickets.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 17:08 GMT

    Why do you talk about talent? Can you measure it? I don't think so. Respect the uniqueness of each person, and consider them to be the best. Underdogs do well than overrated heroes.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 17:03 GMT

    @Sinhala: I have seen many comments that you posted, and I have a huge respect for you. But, mate, be positive. Being positive will help everybody. Suppose these comments read by our team... One man can make a difference, isn't it? Let's hope for the best. Even the South Africans were criticized severely, and they were the underdogs, they were behind all the time except the last one. Ausies talked like as if they had white washed the series. But, the courageous South Africans didn't give up. They let the talent talk. And they did it! That's why I respect them above all, apart from SL. We can do it! It doesn't matter we get thrashed even. Just forget the history, and let's motivate our team, our people. Small things make huge differences.

  • PrasPunter on December 16, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Should someone teach Wade on how to collect the ball behind stumps ? Just looks horrible and out-of-place. He missed out Smith and FAF... and we lost a series that should atleast have been levelled. Paine looks a way better option than the butter-fingered Wade. And whats with our bowling !!! Whats the lineup against ind and eng ? Just 7 months away and we are not even sure of our bowling lineup, with the sort of injuries !! Dont see we beating SA and Eng in the near future ( the indians anyway are going to "prepare" wickets, so they can't be beaten at home either ).

  • Narbavi on December 16, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    @Harshani Pereira : Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman, Viru and Sourav have all scored memorable tons in australia, Dravid and laxman won us a test here, we also won in perth in 2007, now u tell me how many lankan batsman have scored a ton in australia over the last 5 years?

  • on December 16, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Aus fans dont even dream to see lyon becoms a great spinners.dont try to overate him.he is just an average bowler.he even cnt produce a doosral or gud arm bowl.he just can flight well.he is in de aus team just bcz oz dont hv any other spin option..

  • on December 16, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    Great to see Lyon bowling so well today... for the first time we have seen him really get more typical off spin variety by being able to drift the ball to off - getting nice loop - then turning back in. His altered approach tot he crease seems to be working well for him. Quite unlucky - could have picked up at least 2 or 3... Wade's missed stumping was one. Fantastic work by Siddle yet again... people who knock him have no idea... he produce wicket balls on a track not doing that much really. The rest of the time he kept to good bowling plans over after over.

  • on December 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    @ Herath-UK Your correct if sl manage to drow 1 n 2 test definitely we will win the third . whole world will talk about ranganas performance in turning sydney wicket

  • reality_check27 on December 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @sinhaya man i saw ur comments on the india vs england thread about umpires favouring indians you didnt watch the sydney test match in 2007 and when dravid was given out incorrectly thrice in england while out of those two times he had got a 100 as well man i think just this pure hatred against indians which have supported srilanks board and its players for so long still get hatred from srilanka is not right and fans from both nation should understand childish bashing will not result in anything if i sit here and say srilanka never won the 1996 world cup does that mean that is what has happened we know they have so no matter what comments someone keeps on making that will not take anything away from what one or their team has achieved. so to sum it all up stop this childish behaviour

  • reality_check27 on December 16, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    @sinhaya man i saw ur comments on the india vs england thread about umpires favouring indians you didnt watch the sydney test match in 2007 and when dravid was given out incorrectly thrice in england while out of those two times he had got a 100 as well man i think just this pure hatred against indians which have supported srilanks board and its players for so long still get hatred from srilanka is not right and fans from both nation should understand childish bashing will not result in anything if i sit here and say srilanka never won the 1996 world cup does that mean that is what has happened we know they have so no matter what comments someone keeps on making that will not take anything away from what one or their team has achieved. so to sum it all up stop this childish behaviour

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    There are winnings and winnings...

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    I think the umpire deserves one of his wickets. Do not say both sides got one chance each. That edge was even not understood by the Aussies. But, anybody will see the bat first lbw. Stupid, crazy umpiring!

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 15:06 GMT

    This is a great moment for Sri Lanka. They got a land slide in the beginning. And they recovered from that. From the way it happened, I thought that 300 is a dream. But we achieved it. This is more than good enough. For me, it's enough, even if we lose the match. Anyway, any team that goes to Australia will undergo this sort of a on and off field pressure. Our players did very well. I think, nowadays, our team has realized what to do in Australia. We are silently getting closer to a victory. It might not be this match, but it will be in the nearby future. Be positive, and do not care the Australians, and whichever the Australian media exaggerators say. Just play sensible cricket, and hopefully you will reach the victory, as it happened with SA. At the end, the underdogs-SA, won. We will do the same. Be quiet, and do it. Period.

  • chugster on December 16, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    OK trying to be measured here as an England fan. Whatever happens in India tomorrow England who are a good side and no more have been superb.Australia are rebuilding and hung on well against a somewhat becalmed and injury hit SA side.Still lost though and were it not for clarke and hussey to a lesser extent it would have got ugly.The sri lankan side have a class top 4 but no real threat in the bowling so if Aus dont win - well ill be amazed.It wont i suspect have anything to do with Lyon!To even compare him to swann is a joke! Swann is class,lyon is still learning his trade but is still a poor imitation.Starc is poor,johnson damaged,harris walking injury,watson overrated show pony and hilfenhaus average.Only siddle is any good and the best of the lot ,Pattinson seems injury prone too!! The once great Aus side is nothing more than average and i look forward to our english summer when you will realise all of this.The return series will be closer but i see a drawn series.Ashes stay in uk

  • MisterObvious on December 16, 2012, 14:19 GMT

    Oh no, I see TommySaffy is still at it with his mean little mantra about the "road" rolled out by those nefarious Bellerive groundsmen.

    Here's what Mike Hussey had to say about it: "It was sort of a pitch where you never really felt in on. There was definitely quite a bit of variable bounce, and if you get enough balls in the right area there's a little bit of seam movement as well. . . . there's certainly enough variable bounce there, and a couple that took off from nowhere, and that made it hard to feel really in. It's difficult to score freely."

    So . . . is Tommy correct or is Huss right?

    Hmmm, it's a close call but I'll go with Mr Cricket's assessment of the wicket since he actually batted on it for several hours.

  • on December 16, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    Result is Possible!! Australia Will Play @ Least 50 Overs Tomorrow & Will Target 375+ with Srilanka to Bat 125 odd Overs!!

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 14:01 GMT

    @Harshani Pereira, I appreciate your comments but I prefer to lower my hopes in tests against Aussies. I would have been more upbeat if this was a test against any other team. You know very well how forgetful is our test record against Aussies. Yes in the 2nd essay we may be placed at say 180 for 2, but still possible that we can get all out for even 250. Remember lower the expectations, lower the disappointment. By the way I will big time optimistic about our hopes against Aussies in the ODIs cos our recent record in ODIs in Australia has been great. If in the unlikely event we draw this test, I will be more optimistic in my comments in the lead up to the 2nd test in Melbourne.

  • gsingh8 on December 16, 2012, 13:57 GMT

    I'm an Indian fan but I do not like the comments of most of our fellow Indians. Though it's hard, we have to accept that SL has performed better that India in SA, Eng and Australia recently (The truth is they are a better test team than us). I guess the current Indian team has more problems than SL. Their seniors are performing much better than ours. I guess, most of us are very disappointed that England has outplayed us in our own backyard, where we thought of taking revenge and whitewash England at the beginning of the series. I think that disappointment and jealousy is what been thrown at SL. Sorry brothers, but it's time to understand that we have bigger problem than SL and we need to try to find some solutions. You are disgracing our country in front of the whole cricketing world. Please stop that.

  • matchfixerpkn on December 16, 2012, 13:56 GMT

    Praveen Shavindra Muthuthanthri ,..its all started when india defeated srilnak 10 - 0 in recent times ..and srilankn fans started to act as B team of pakistan..

  • matchfixerpkn on December 16, 2012, 13:54 GMT

    srilanka fans dnt dream..yoiu have never won agianst australi in hisotry and will also never win !!!!!!!!!!

  • matchfixerpkn on December 16, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    shame..first time in hisotry a team declaring at a score of 450/5...dnt think even australia will do such things even agianst bangaldesh..so one can guess what value srilanka got against austraila...

  • Solace1 on December 16, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    @Sinhaya: Brother i think the aussies are using rain as an excuse to escape our wrath, i feel they purposely scheduled this test match in this venue despite knowing about the weather, but they wont escape

  • Solace1 on December 16, 2012, 13:32 GMT

    Yes things are going perfectly for us, all we need is to pick the 10 wickets by tea and then let dilshan and co chase whatever target this weakling sets up for us to chase, perfect pitch to go out and chase, also with hilfenhaus injured!!

  • on December 16, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Australia has more chance of winning, but a draw depends entirely on Sanga, Mahela & t Thilan.

  • on December 16, 2012, 13:26 GMT

    Sri Lanka is playing better than India against Australia as of now. Lets wait and see if Sri Lanka wins any test or even draws.

  • fan_2_fans on December 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @Harshani Pereira,Hey mate GODS dont play for tons,they play for the team.Thats why they are called GODS.SL players play only for tons,therefore they do not have any GODS.Remember what Chandimal and Angelo Mathews had done at lords to get the Chandimal ton,they almost gave away the game,even England captain Cook said the "GODS of cricket will be dissapointed,watching such a scene."

  • on December 16, 2012, 12:55 GMT

    They have to pick Johnson in the place of Starc next Test. He's the better bowler I think.

  • Test-is-the-best on December 16, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    Poor batting display by Sangakkara, Mahela & Thilan would narrowdown the chances of avoiding the defeat in Hobart. All the credit goes to Dilshan,Maththews & Prasanna for fighting & making a decent reply today.Look like Australia make 250-275 in a hurry tomorrow and ask SL to bat for four sessions.

  • Herath-UK on December 16, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    Dilshan's superb knock is similar to the one he did at the Lord's singlehandedly.I see this is in a way better than the Lord's as it came in the first innings of the tour so would give immense confidence to others for the whole tour.We can have a greater hope of a maiden win. Ranil Herath - Kent

  • Solid_Snake on December 16, 2012, 12:36 GMT

    @fan_2_fans->I think you forgot the recent Indian tour to Australia. Indian team got bowled out under 200 runs 4 times in 4 matches..2/4 matches Australia won by an inngs.& the remaining 2 matches,Australia won by such a great margin.If you think that team is in good hands with such a performance,well i have to disagree. It was the 2003 tour in which Indian team won against Australia. India played really well,those were the times when India used to have great players

  • on December 16, 2012, 12:21 GMT

    @ Sinhaya I dont think it will be easy to get 10 sl wickets in 100 overs . this track still good for stroke making . If we manage Lyns extra bounce, 70% it will drow

  • crh8971 on December 16, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    @Front_Foot_Lunge- we know you are only a troll but those comments about Lyon are just rubbish. He bowled extremely well today and could easily have taken 4 or 5. Will have some great foot marks from the left arm quicks to bow at in the fourth dig. Lyon is 25 with 16 tests and over 50 wickets less that 2 years after his first class debut. He is still learning his craft and has a lot of improvement in him. It likely that by the time he reaches 29, the age at which Swann made his test debut, he will have more than 200 test wickets. And by the time he is 35, Swann's current age, he will be well past 400 wickets. Swann is a very good test bowler, nothing more, and there is a strong chance that Lyon will be at least as good, if not better, over the full journey.

  • AndrewFromOz on December 16, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    So fashionable for Australians to dis Siddle. I have news for the knockers: Is Sids Is Good!

  • RohanMarkJay on December 16, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    I fully agree with all the aussie cricket commenters here, regarding Front foot lunge rediculous comment. What are bitter England fans like FFL doing on SL-Aus thread. I have watched Nathan Lyon he is an excellent spin bowler. I think Greame Swann is over rated much like the current England team. They are not a bad team but certainly over rated by their media and fans like FFL. Eng has a short good run and they think they are way better than Oz don't forget they were thrashed by St Africa this year. This Aus team is a very good team, I think equal or even better than the current England team. I wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if Aus win the Ashes next year, with Nathan Lyon doing well. In fact I hope sought of secretly hoping Australia wins the ashes next year just to shut up their idiotic media and some idiotic arrogant England fans who nothing about cricket. Oz are well capable of beating Eng next year. Also congrats for Dilshan. To SL and Aussie players in this test match.

  • on December 16, 2012, 12:00 GMT

    every-time i look at the comments there is a war going on between Sri Lankan and Indian fans. i hope it stops, as once there was a lot of friendship between fans of both countries. anyway great knock by Dilshan, proving his class on an uneven wicket. gives our batsman hopes of saving the test i think as Aussies are ahead at the moment

  • postandrail on December 16, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    TommytuckerSaffa I think the feeling of the SA team as they left Australia would have been overwhelming relief. After all they narrowly escaped a 2-1 defeat and losing their Number 1 ranking by, as you put it, "the weakest Australian team in 20 years"! As for the Umpires yes I can really imagine a New Zealander and an Englishman being biased towards Australia. But thanks for your comic contributions anyway!

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 11:36 GMT

    I really feel this is a far better way to start the test series unlike the forgetful way we started in South Africa this time last year where we got rammed inside 3 days. No way can we win this, but drawing this will give us a lot of confidence ahead of the Melbourne test where things will be better for us as big SL fan base and hotter weather. Aussies will come hard at us playing for a win, so we instead of being defensive should keep ticking the scoreboard with ones and twos so although we will definitely not win. Good example of being too defensive was when in the 2006-07 Ashes, in the Adelaide test, England came on the last day wanting a draw, but Aussies wanted a win and no wonder Aussies won in the end.

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    @Chris_P, actually Mathews was too defensive at times. Yes Dilshan could have been out at any point as he edged through slip cordon, but Aussies too had that luck where the ball beat the bat many times when they batted. Weather looks good for tomorrow and day after according to internet sources. I think Clarke will want to add another 240 runs and give us a target of 380 in 110 overs to chase. But our first 4 wickets were pathetic as they fell due to rashness and not due to wicket taking deliveries. Hopefully Sanga and Dimuth Karunaratne clicks in the 2nd innings. I think Cowan will be the top scorer for Australia in the 2nd innings. I still say Australia has a 70% chance of winning.

  • on December 16, 2012, 11:19 GMT

    @ fan_2_fans hey man can you please tel me how many tons score by these so called GODS and very big names in last 5 test series in AUS (if THEY PLAY BETER THAN US)

  • bravetigersmustwin on December 16, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    @Solid snake ... Were you hiding .... Aussies have shown that their decision on declaring 450 is sufficient for SL...I know you are really frustrated after india beating SL at their home soil... If SL losses this series you ll show ur frustration against australia ... grow up .... And i hate only SL fans mocking at India and definitely not the SL team... I was really expecting repeat Sanga's wonderful innings against Aus few years back... hope he does that in next innings

  • bravetigersmustwin on December 16, 2012, 11:16 GMT

    @Solid snake ... Were you hiding .... Aussies have shown that their decision on declaring 450 is sufficient for SL...I know you are really frustrated after india beating SL at their home soil... If SL losses this series you ll show ur frustration against australia ... grow up .... And i hate only SL fans mocking at India and definitely not the SL team... I was really expecting repeat Sanga's wonderful innings against Aus few years back... hope he does that in next innings

  • Extraz on December 16, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    @bravetigersmustwin...mate can u tell me how many times have your BD team been on No 1 position?...Your team have never been in top 5 let alone no 1 so instead of bashing SL go first try to win a test match against them!

  • Mary_786 on December 16, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Not the best day for Wade, but i would give him time as his batting has been very good so far.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on December 16, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    Sri Lanka desperately unlucky with some home bias umpiring decisions. This is the weakest Ozzie team in 20yrs and after being smashed by S.A. in their own backyard, it was Sri Lanka's chance to beat them too. Poor batting from the top 4 bar dilshan. I hope Sri Lanka now realise that apart from siddle, there is nothing to this attack. With hifenhous out, siddle will be over bowled along with Lyon chucking his pies. Another road pitch in Aussie another draw coming up

  • Baber_Baloch on December 16, 2012, 11:03 GMT

    Congratss to Dilshan..................but still lot of hard work for SL bowlers.......

  • bravetigersmustwin on December 16, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Why Sri Lankans fans are showing their frustration on Indian team. Instead of competing against Australia, their comments are towards india's poor performance. India will come back strongly once again... they acquired no 1 position... Have you ever been no 1 in test series SL ....

  • Marcio on December 16, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    Quit whinging about neutral umpring, dudes. Strange people don't comment about Dilshan snicking one early in the day, but nobody going through with the appeal, and umpire not interested. Showed up clearly on hotspt. Let's face it, Dilshan and co had plenty of good fortune in the first half of the day. How many misses and snicks through slips? Instead of moaning about bad luck, look at both sides of the coin. The opposition is a bowler down, too - and half way through the first innings. I would have thought that to be a tad bit of good fortune.

  • ShehanJ on December 16, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    The only silver lining in the SL innings was the 147 by Dilshan, and 75 by Matthews. Australia, even without Hilfenhaus are good enough to win, if they get a lead of 350 plus and let SL bat tomorrow maybe an hour before tea. Only rain can deny Australia a result.

  • on December 16, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Very entertaining innings from Dilshan and well supported by Matthews. Good to see SL fight back.

  • on December 16, 2012, 10:31 GMT

    Congratss to Dilshan And Mathews for their excellent batting display!! As i expected Mathews handled the pressure situation well.He came to the crease when 4 wickets down for only 87 runs,and gave a good fight along with Dilli to avoid follow on....Now u r ready to take the captaincy from Mahela !! Hopefully u'll continue this good form to coming matches as well..Good luck SL !!

  • amilag on December 16, 2012, 10:26 GMT

    Fan_2_fans who was white washed by Australia, England and SA in fast pitches? Hi..Hi...Pls sort out your own issues since ENG is beating you at home LOL

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge I suggest you look at all spin bowlers history on Australian wickets. You will find Lyon is only bettered by Warne and has clearly done better than Swann. Australian wickets are tough for spinners and one of the greatest of all time Murali averages over 70. Lyon is as good as Swann.

  • on December 16, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    I bet that Peter Siddle would not have achieved such terrific figures or performed so well if he had eaten meat beforehand. It is noticeable that since he has turned vegetarian he has an extra spring in his step and is more resilient than he was. He's certainly not weighed down beef, pork or alcohol. He'll probably have a longer career and better career stats as a result.

  • EdwardTLogan on December 16, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    Siddle was outstanding but fair dinkum, has the missile got a summer job with CA? Any more injuries and Warney won't be the only 43 year old getting a call up for the Ashes/ Kudos to Mathews and Dilshan, they batted well in difficult conditions. And FFL, if you compare Lyon's figures to Herath's in this match, they are pretty favourable. Ohm and where is little timmy tucker with his usual comments about roads?

  • Perera32 on December 16, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    The Umpiring in this test has been pathetic. It has affected both teams and not just Sri lanka. That LBW with the inside edge was unbelievably poor from the umpire, (even though it was Herath). Cowan's LBW hit the middle stump half way up and should've been out, It's Sri lanka's fault for not Referring it though. Overall It was probably Sri lanka's day but Australia are well in front.

  • lionspaw on December 16, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    I thought only indians depend on umpires!!!

  • postandrail on December 16, 2012, 9:58 GMT

    Front-Foot-Lunge Do you mean the same Graeme Swann who has taken 15 wickets at 40 in 10 Test Innings in Australia? I see what you mean!

  • dunger.bob on December 16, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    @ stormy16 on (December 16 2012, 09:07 AM GMT) : I was going to say what I thought of the days play, but fair dinkum, you said exactly what I was going to say. So I'll just add that you've got to love Peter Siddle, haven't you? The wheels were falling off all over the place. Starc was bowling like he'd never done it before, Hilfy finally blew that grunt muscle that has been causing him problems all summer and the Lankans were cruising smoothly. In comes Pete and bowls like he's on a different pitch. ... brilliant. .. as was Dilshan. I for one loved that innings. It's a refreshing attitude. Just blast everything in sight and enough will get through to earn you 150 odd runs. .. brilliant. .. a good days cricket I reckon and I'm looking forward to tomorrow, come what may.

  • NAD_SL on December 16, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    good day for SL...if only sanga, mahela, and samaraweera added atleast 100 runs in between...things would have been so different then....but now i believe if we restrict run taking of the aussies like we somewhat did in the first innings we can draw this..which is a good result in the current situation :P...anyway, brilliant batting from Mathews and Dilshan...SL batsmen should be more vigilant towards Peter Siddle atleast next time...

  • cheapskate on December 16, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    @FrontFootFool Graeme Swann is getting outbowled by Panesar (the new version of Tufnell cant bat cant bowl cant field) on spinning decks. Compton is rubbish a walking wicket as he is scared of quick bowling and Petersons ego will get in the way. Bresnan and Broad lucky to play 2nd grade Sydney grade.Ashes are coming home to us.

  • poms_have_short_memories on December 16, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    FFL,how long has Swann averaged under 30? not long,if he's the best spinner in the world it's certainly a barren time for world cricket.

  • cricisfan on December 16, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge What a crap comment. You clearly haven't seem the game. He was very, very unlucky. Beat the edge and nearly got a wicket. Maybe you should see the game not the scorecard.

  • stormy16 on December 16, 2012, 9:07 GMT

    Greast day of test cricket and I reckon it was SL's day but Aus with the advantage in the game and I reckon they are looking for another 200 runs to declare around tea tomorrow. I had written off SL at 87/4 but Dilshan and Mathews were brilliant today. Great to see Mathews make some tough test runs and Dilshan was brilliant. I thought Prasanna did a decent job to ensure the lead was below 150. Siddle was sensational while the others didnt look too threatening. Starc was dissappointing I thought with too many lose deliveries. The good think is SL seems to have done enough to take the game in to the 5th day and from there on if they good enough they could force a draw. I though SL should have done more in the 15 overs when Aus were only looking to suvive. A couple of wickets would have made a big difference.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on December 16, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    Nathan Lyon continues his run as a club-rate seamer. Shouldn't being able to turn the ball be a pre-requisite of anyone applying for the job as a spin bowler? In Australia clearly this is not the case. Compare Australia's 'wheelie-bin' with Englishman Graeme Swann, who is the long-established biggest turner of the ball for world cricket and has been for an age now. What a gulf lies between England and Australia.

  • fan_2_fans on December 16, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Solid_Snake."India who would not even reach 200 Runs mark in AUS".Mate India has performed much better than SL in AUS,they have beaten AUS in Perth and Adeliade when AUS was at their all time best.I know currently Indian team is out of form,but inspite of this they come and trash your team on your home soil time and again in front of you and your people and also India is ranked above SL.So what does this mean?Only one thing,SL is minnows.Oh ya,and dont keep worrying about India.Indian cricket is in good hands,they have won ODI WC,U19 WC in Aus,T20 WC for blinds recently,or else Solid_Snake will become Liquid_Snake.

  • cheapskate on December 16, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    Jordan Silk the sub he took a catch has the record as the youngest lad ever to score a sydney 1st grade century on debut but NSW keep picking the same donkeys over and over so the lad went to tassie on a rookie contract and brushed the big bash. The lad will play for Australia(not as a sub) i guarantee. Played for Penrith so no way he was getting selected by NSW as he plays west of Strathfield

  • lukecannon on December 16, 2012, 8:42 GMT

    Nice stuff Sri Lanka. My prediction came so close. I thought they'd get a score between 250-300. Brilliant knocks from Dilshan and Mathews. Tony hill is pathtic. 2 wrong decisions in successive overs? I could tell it was not out from here and i didn't need any replays. SL should have added atleast 50 more had there been a decent umpire.And also COWAN WAS OUT. Nigel llong is blind is he? Cowan was plumb. Mahela,Sangakkara and Samaraweera should get a decent score in the second innings and try to draw if not a win. Good luck SL. England is with you (atleast I am).You put up a much better performance than India anyway.

  • pat_one_back on December 16, 2012, 8:41 GMT

    Well played Dilshan & Matthews however a lack of experience (and form) from Starc and the absence of Hilfy made for a weak attack, at least Clarke could bowl Watto a little more to make up the seam overs. Great heart & clever bowling from Sids keeping Aust on top in the end, could otherwise have swung to SL. Cowan should be in the shed, (he's lucky there's no FC cricket for rivals to apply presssure) poor umpiring and DRS proven impotent against howlers yet again. New ball was very up and down, 300 lead should be more than plenty.

  • Shaggy076 on December 16, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    Sorry Prabhash but one bad decsion on a batsman who averages 13 is barely game changing. Jayawardena and Mathews were clearly out and shouldnt have wasted the DRS calls. Well batted to Dilshan and Mathews and well bowled to Siddle. Clarke read this match really well scoring i9s hard, there is rain around and the first innings declaration was perfect.

  • Marcio on December 16, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    @Mervo, I love how people come on here and bash players after one bad innings, and say "that is the way he will always be". Starc has plenty of promise. He is simply very inexperienced and way below match fit. How many first class/test games has be played this season? Is it one or two before this game?

  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 8:21 GMT

    Good knock by Dilshan, but really, he looked like he could have been out at any point. Matthews looks better & better every time I see him. Of interest is what time or target Clarke sets Sri Lanka & if the weather holds up. The stage is set for a Warner blast if he survives the first half hour, Cowan appears solid & looks like making statement for the rest of the summer. Looking forward to day 4.

  • Chris_P on December 16, 2012, 8:15 GMT

    @Prabhash1985, Any reason for this, or just the usual anti Australian post? There is DRS in operation you know.

  • on December 16, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    we miss Tony Grieg's voice in BIG time

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 7:49 GMT

    @Prabhash1985, sorry I disagree. Blame Mahela and Angelo for going for reviews when it was obvious that they were out. Rangana Herath's shocker could have been overturned if he had review left but Mahela and Angelo ate them away. Dilshan's escape was justice for Sanga's injustice in 2007. When Dilshan's caught behind was not appealed, I recall in the 2002-03 Ashes where in the MCG test match, Aussies were chasing 108 to win and Steve Waugh was caught behind by the England wicket keeper but they did not appeal, haha. Well bowled Siddle and hope we hold our nerves to bat the last session tomorrow and full day on Tuesday. Draw is the best result in Sri Lanka's favor as we cannot win.

  • priceless1 on December 16, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    i say it again , Mahela and Sanga or any new comers in the SL team should watch some of the Innings that Hashim Amla played both here and in England during the last two series and lean how to bat in tough conditions

  • Zerotollerance101 on December 16, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    Sanga fails again...mahela fails again...time to retire..it's time for Mathews to captain all formats..let chandimal and tiramanne take over..great batting dilshan..

  • TYJAY on December 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    shocking and Poor umpiring

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    bloody aussie weather, ey? haha

  • Solid_Snake on December 16, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Australia declared so early.I bet Aussies were thinking that every team is like Team India who would not even reach 200 Runs mark in Australia.But Hats off to SL team who showed some nerve & facing the Aussies bravely..

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Unfair umpiring in favor of Australians

  • Mervo on December 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    A number of things have become clearer in this match. Starc is no world beater. In fact he is pretty average. Second, Australia need to play 4 fast bowlers as they seem to lose one every match. If they were horses breaking down, they would be shot. Third, Tilerkatne has to be the luckiest batsman alive. I have never seen anyone in first class cricket play and miss so much. He is terrible, and he misses by mile! Miss, miss, slog, miss ...at least it is cool around him. Last Matthews is a quality player with a great temperament.

  • on December 16, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    well played Dilshan ! Great knock, showing the way on how to bat on these pitches

  • on December 16, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Welll played Dilshan and Mathews. I hope others will perform.

  • yeti101 on December 16, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    we miss tony grieg. absoulte legend!

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Good session for Sri Lanka so far, but still not good enough! Way I saw Aussie bowlers bowl even sans Hilfenhaus, a wicket anytime was likely and that was what made me so jittery in front of my tv. Must target 350 to lessen the likelihood of losing. Biggest worry too is that the new ball is not too far away. No matter even if we are 300 for 4, we can still be all out for 320 as Aussie bowlers keep attacking non stop no matter what. No rain is likely tomorrow or day after according to the weather forecast for Hobart.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 16, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    It is still AUS win. Only problem that AUS faces is that they lost Ben. But it is still Aus win. If SL can make it a draw with the help of rain, it would be a great achievement.

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  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 16, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    It is still AUS win. Only problem that AUS faces is that they lost Ben. But it is still Aus win. If SL can make it a draw with the help of rain, it would be a great achievement.

  • Sinhaya on December 16, 2012, 2:04 GMT

    Good session for Sri Lanka so far, but still not good enough! Way I saw Aussie bowlers bowl even sans Hilfenhaus, a wicket anytime was likely and that was what made me so jittery in front of my tv. Must target 350 to lessen the likelihood of losing. Biggest worry too is that the new ball is not too far away. No matter even if we are 300 for 4, we can still be all out for 320 as Aussie bowlers keep attacking non stop no matter what. No rain is likely tomorrow or day after according to the weather forecast for Hobart.

  • yeti101 on December 16, 2012, 2:32 GMT

    we miss tony grieg. absoulte legend!

  • on December 16, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Welll played Dilshan and Mathews. I hope others will perform.

  • on December 16, 2012, 4:29 GMT

    well played Dilshan ! Great knock, showing the way on how to bat on these pitches

  • Mervo on December 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    A number of things have become clearer in this match. Starc is no world beater. In fact he is pretty average. Second, Australia need to play 4 fast bowlers as they seem to lose one every match. If they were horses breaking down, they would be shot. Third, Tilerkatne has to be the luckiest batsman alive. I have never seen anyone in first class cricket play and miss so much. He is terrible, and he misses by mile! Miss, miss, slog, miss ...at least it is cool around him. Last Matthews is a quality player with a great temperament.

  • Prabhash1985 on December 16, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    Unfair umpiring in favor of Australians

  • Solid_Snake on December 16, 2012, 6:15 GMT

    Australia declared so early.I bet Aussies were thinking that every team is like Team India who would not even reach 200 Runs mark in Australia.But Hats off to SL team who showed some nerve & facing the Aussies bravely..

  • RednWhiteArmy on December 16, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    bloody aussie weather, ey? haha

  • TYJAY on December 16, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    shocking and Poor umpiring