Australia vs Sri Lanka: First Test cricket live scores, updates (Day 4)

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    Australia v Sri Lanka


    1st Test - AUS v SLA

    Australia 1st Inn 5/450
    Sri Lanka 1st Inn 336 All Out
    Australia 2nd Inn 9/278
    Sri Lanka 2nd Inn 255 All Out
    Australia won the toss and elected to bat
    Australia won by 137 runs
    Sri Lanka Over:119.2  RR:2.14
    Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR
    UWMBCA Welagedara 0 4 0 0 0.00
    RMS Eranga* 6 20 0 0 30.00
    Bowlers O M R W Econ
    MA Starc* 28.2 7 63 5 2.22
    PM Siddle 26.0 11 50 4 1.92
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    Last Wicket: Eranga, 6 (c:Wade b:Starc)
    Current Partnership: 5 runs, 11 balls, RR:45.45

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    A century by Tillakaratne Dilshan was not enough to prevent hosts Australia from taking a substantial lead going into the fourth day of the Hobart Test match against his Sri Lanka.

    We’ll bring you the live scores of the action throughout this game, with the fourth day starting at 10.00 am local.

    Australia would have gone into the third day thinking of finishing off the Sri Lankan first innings for a song, but Dilshan and Angelo Mathews resisted for more than 56 overs. Mathews’ 75 supported Dilshan’s 15th Test match century for the cornerstone of Sri Lanka’s fightback on the third day.

    At one stage, the home team looked bereft of ideas and of bowling options, especially after Ben Hilfenahaus left the field early in the day because of a side strain.

    He did not take field again and it was left to Peter Siddle and others to eke out the remaining Sri Lankan wickets.

    Sri Lanka lost their last four wickets for 20 runs or the damage could have been a lot worse for the hosts.

    At 6/316, they were in a decent position to chisel off the Australian lead to manageable levels. Instead, Siddle scalped the last three of four wickets and helped Australia earn a 114-run lead over their opposition.

    In their second innings Australia were 27 without loss, having pushed their advantage over their opposition to 141 with ten second innings wickets standing.

    The pitch did not deteriorate as much as one would have expected but Australia are still sitting pretty going into the penultimate day. They will be aiming at setting a target of around 350 with a day and half a session to bowl at the visitors.

    To do that though, they will need to shun a bit of their defensive approach that was on display for the 14 overs that they batted. Therein will lie Sri Lanka’s chance to bag a few early wickets and put the pressure back on Australia.

    We will bring you the live coverage throughout the game from Hobart and hope to receive your opinions as the action unfolds.

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    • Roar Rookie

      Neuen said | 11:01am | ! Report

      These 2 are the key. If Australia can get 1 of them its game over.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:08pm | ! Report

      And that is the end of that, a maiden over to end the day as Sri Lanka end the day at 2/65, in their chase of 393 for a win.

      An absorbing day of Test cricket and one that saw the pitch deteriorate a little more. Batting on the fifth day may not be too easy but Australia will be mindful of how they rotate their limited bowling options.

      323 more needed for a win and it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka will go for a victory or look to take it to the final session with loads of wicket intact before deciding on the course of action.

      Personally I think they will bat in a manner not too different from what they did today after the loss of T Dilshan and try and play out the day’s play. They will probably be watching the highlights of the Adelaide Test whole evening too.

      Tomorrow’s play begins at 10.10 am AEDST. I will be back with the fifth day’s play.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:01pm | ! Report

      Right so one more over remaining here. Watson will bowl this one.


    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 6:00pm | ! Report

      That is outside the off and Jayawardene cuts it hard through the slips. That is a 400% increase in his strike-rate.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:59pm | ! Report

      Michael Hussey comes on now as a change-up. Sanga has a wide slip for him.

      Jayawardene batting on 1 from 33, Sanga’s moved on 18 from 83.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:57pm | ! Report

      35 overs of the Sri Lankan innings are gone and Sri Lanka are 2/60. Three more overs to go for the day.

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:54pm | ! Report

      Siddle and Watson are bowling well here, making the batsmen to play most of them. The batsmen are doing well with those outside the off but for the ones on the stump, they have to get their feet out to play ’em on the front foot. Bat-pad probably?

    • Roar Guru

      Suneer Chowdhary said | 5:49pm | ! Report

      Michael Slater on Channel Nine: “It is treacherous out there” and for once he is not exaggerating.

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