Siddle cleans up Sri Lanka tail

Sportal December 16, 2012, 5:31 pm
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An inspired afternoon from Australian spearhead Peter Siddle has seen the home side dismiss Sri Lanka for 336 late on the third day of the first Test in Hobart.

Siddle bowled with unerring accuracy after lunch, first slowing the run-scoring of the established Tillakaratne Dilshan (147) and removing Angelo Mathews (75) before chiming in with three wickets after tea to finish with the impressive figures of 5-54 from 25.3 overs.

Dilshan and Mathews had shared a record-breaking 161-run partnership before Siddle made Mathews Australia's first victim of the day shortly before tea, after Sri Lanka resumed on day three at 4-87 in response to Australia's first innings of 5-450 declared.

Australia will carry a 114-run lead into the second innings and with 16 overs to bat tonight have an opportunity to consolidate their position before pushing for the win throughout days four and five.

Siddle led the attack impressively, proving his worth as a reliable strike bowler the performance even more valuable given the loss of Ben Hilfenhaus to a side strain early in the day.

Nathan Lyon (2-76) was the only other Australian to take multiple wickets, with Hilfenhaus, Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc snagging one apiece.

For Sri Lanka, Prasanna Jayawardene (40) was the only other batsman to worry the home side but when he was given out to Siddle, following a referred LBW shout, the tail soon fell away.

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