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Australia vs Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Sri Lanka in Australia 2012-13

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Australia won by 137 runs | Australia Vs Sri Lanka Live Score, 1st Test

It's always great if a Test goes right into the last hour for a result. We thoroughly enjoyed bringing this game to you. Hope you did so as well. These two teams will face off on boxing day again but there are the T20Is between India and England before that. Do join us for all that. Cheers and goodbye for now.
Siddle has been named the Man of the Match for his 9 wicket haul in the game. Rumours of ball-tampering notwithstanding, he was clearly the standout player and Clarke's go-to man in this match.
Samaraweera and Mathews had batted with a lot of grit in the second session but once it became clear that they were going for only the draw, Australia had more incentive to go on the attack and they did it in style.
Just rewards for some superb aggressive cricket from Australia. They were a bowler short and needed 6 wickets going into the last session. Clarke managed his bowlers superbly and kept all his fielders in catching positions in the last session. His bowlers responded fantastically too. Watson and Siddle set the tone with a good spell straight after tea. Starc backed it up superbly in the end.
End of over 120, 0 runs (. W )
SL: 264/11
Shaminda Eranga - 6(25) This over: 0 runs
Chanaka Welegedara - 0(4) This over: 0 runs
Mitchell Starc
(32.0 - 8 - 69 - 5)
119.2 Mitchell Starc to Shaminda Eranga W
out Caught by Wade!! That's it. Starc gets his 2nd five-fer in Tests. This was a on a good length and bouncing up steeply outside off. Eranga hangs his bat out and it takes the thick edge through to the keeper. A fantastic team effort that and Australia go 1-0 up in the three match series. Eranga c Wade b Starc 6(20)
5 wickets for Mitchell Starc. Mitchell Starc is killing SL
119.1 Mitchell Starc to Shaminda Eranga 0
no run, Starc goes full and slants it down the legside from round the wicket, Wade dives full length to his left to take it nicely
There are some dark clouds hovering over the ground. 11 more overs to go.
End of over 119, 5 runs (. 2 . . 3 . )
SL: 264/10
Chanaka Welegedara - 0(4) This over: 0 runs
Shaminda Eranga - 6(23) This over: 5 runs
Peter Siddle
(26.5 - 12 - 51 - 5)
118.6 Peter Siddle to Chanaka Welegedara 0
no run, very full and almost in the blockhole, Welegedara gets the bat in front of his pads to push it to mid on
118.5 Peter Siddle to Shaminda Eranga 3
3 runs, on a good length and outside off, Eranga punches it through mid off and ambles across for an easy three
118.4 Peter Siddle to Shaminda Eranga 0
no run, full and straight now, Eranga taps it towards mid wicket
118.3 Peter Siddle to Shaminda Eranga 0
no run, on a good length, Eranga gets right behind the line and taps it to silly point
118.2 Peter Siddle to Shaminda Eranga 2
2 runs, Siddle drifts onto middle and leg again, this time Eranga helps it along down to fine leg and picks up two as Wade gives chase
118.1 Peter Siddle to Shaminda Eranga 0
no run, full and sliding down the legside now, Eranga misses the flick. Siddle is not too happy with himself.
Peter Siddle [25.0-11-45-4] is back into the attack
Siddle comes back as Australia go for the kill. Siddle and Starc have four wickets so far. The former has nine in the game already.

Match details

Toss : Australia won the toss and elected to bat first

Umpires : Nigel Llong (Eng) and Tony Hill (NZ)

TV umpire : Aleem Dar (Pak)

Match referee : Chris Broad (Eng)

Teams

Australia : David Warner, Ed Cowan, Shane Watson, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke(c), Michael Hussey, Matthew Wade(wk), Mitchell Starc, Peter Siddle, Ben Hilfenhaus, Nathan Lyon.

Sri Lanka : Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene(c), Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Prasanna Jayawardene(wk), Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Chanaka Welegedara.

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