Petter Siddle (4L) took the important wickets of Thilan Samaraweera on Day Five © Getty Images

Hobart: Dec 18, 2012

Australia pacers Mitchel Starc and Peter Siddle ripped through the Sri Lankan line-up during the latter’s chase of 393 runs in the first Test at the Bellerive Oval and bowled them out for 255 on Day Five.

Starc (five for 63) and Siddle (four for 50) shared nine wickets between them as the former castled the Lankan lower order on the final day. Siddle got the important wickets of captain Mahela Jayawardene (19), Kumar Sangakkara (63) and Thilan Samaraweera (49), who put up a lone fight on Day Five.

Doing so, Australia took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series and will go into the Christmas break satisfied, before the Boxing Day Test starts at Melbourne.

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Brief Scores: Australia 450 for 5 dec & 278 for 9 dec (David Warner 68, Michael Clarke retd. hurt 57, Ed Cowan 56; Rangana Herath 5 for 96, 3 for 89) bt Sri Lanka 336 & 255 (Kumar Sangakkara 63, Thilan Samaraweera 49; Mitchell Starc 5 for 63, Peter Siddle 4 for 50) by 137 runs.

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