Siddle, Starc lead Australia to tense victory

By Greg Buckle, AAP, Yahoo!7 Updated December 18, 2012, 6:53 pm

Pacemen Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle have claimed nine wickets to bowl Australia to a 137-run victory late on day five of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Tuesday.

Siddle (4-50) posted match figures of 9-104 while left-armer Starc (5-63) produced his second five-wicket haul in consecutive Tests.

Starc sliced through the tail as Sri Lanka lost 6-54 to be all out for 255 with 10.4 overs remaining after the home side had set a victory target of 393.

Australia's 137-run win came under duress with pace bowler Ben Hilfenhaus out of action after breaking down with a side strain during Sri Lanka's first innings.

The victory was also achieved with skipper Michael Clarke hobbling around at first slip after injuring a hamstring while batting in Australia's second innings.

Hilfenhaus has already been ruled out of the second Test starting on Boxing Day in Melbourne while Clarke is in doubt.

Sri Lanka had resumed on their overnight score of 2-65.

Siddle made the only breakthrough of the opening session when Michael Clarke completed a brilliant low catch at first slip despite nursing a hamstring injury to dismiss rival captain Mahela Jayawardene for 19.

Kumar Sangakkara was LBW to Shane Watson on 54 but the decision was overturned on appeal. However the star left-hander had no such luck on 63 when Siddle trapped him leg-before and this time the third umpire upheld the original decision.

Sri Lanka were looking safe at tea at 4-186 but Siddle struck in the 98th and 102nd overs to remove Angelo Mathews (19) and Thilan Samaraweera (49).

Starc stepped up in Australia's hour of need to claim the wickets of wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene (21) and tailenders Nuwan Kulasekara (nine) and Rangana Herath (eight) who failed to keep out a yorker at 9-250.

Shaminda Eranga was last man out, caught behind off Starc at 6.04pm (AEDT).

Spinner Nathan Lyon, who was unable to bowl Australia to victory on day five of the Adelaide Test against South Africa last month, had no impact on Tuesday with figures of 0-57 from 32 overs.

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  1. Areel12:06pm Wednesday 19th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Ridiculous game this cricket. Australians should be drawing their focus on reducing carbon emissions inline with our superb Government led by the gorgeous and vivacious Ms Gillard. She is just glowing at the moment all thanks to a reduction in carbon pollution post July 1st. Kindest regards Areel

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  2. underarm_bowler11:31am Wednesday 19th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    No big win as we beat nobody. Say the same when we beat the poms

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  3. Jeffrey10:10am Wednesday 19th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    highlight was Wade's bowling by a keeper i have seen.....peak would have been a wicket :-) simmering problem is Lyon's inability to clean up or get breakthroughs......again.....

  4. paulski09:46am Wednesday 19th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    With two frontline bowlers out injured and another one DURING this match (and Clarke unable to bowl too)... yeah, I'd say that's a damn good win by the boys. Shame some of you with no cricketing knowledge wouldn't understand how good it was.

  5. malcolm06:23am Wednesday 19th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    get rid of clarke he's a #$%$

  6. Kiss This07:40pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    4 tests played and only 1 win the final few overs of the day against a Sri Lankan side with no bowling attack.. what can you say .. Yeah I would be over the moon also..

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  7. Darryl07:05pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Couldn't bowl South Africa out. Nearly couldn't bowl a second string Sri Lankan outfit out. We are 100-1 for the Ashes.

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  8. 06:40pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Get rid of Starc...Siddle....Cowan.....Warner.....Watson.....Hussey......Wade.....Lyon.....Where is First L with his insightful comments??????

  9. I Wanna Rock06:24pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Must...Sack...Starc...Not...Good...Enough. Must admit the 'Cowan haters' weren't in sight after his second innings half century. Road to recover the team after we allowed too many players over the age of 33. Starc is keeping up well. Can't wait for the two Ashes series in 2013.

  10. Dudeen06:11pm Tuesday 18th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Test cricket as it should be played. Down to the wire and hard fought. Well done Aussies lets do better in the next two games.




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