Rain halts final day's play between Australia and Sri Lanka at Hobart

A general view of play during day five of the First Test match between Australia and Sri Lanka at Blundstone Arena Getty Images

Hobart: Dec 18, 2012

Rain halted second session’s play between Australia and Sri Lanka on the final day of the first Test at Hobart on Tuesday.

Sri Lanka were 169 for four pursuit of 393 to win.

Earlier at lunch, Australia made an important breakthrough with the wicket of captain Mahela Jayawardene as they pushed for victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test in Hobart on Tuesday.

The Australians set out on the final day needing eight wickets to go one up in the three-Test series while the Sri Lankans required the more improbable 328 runs to beat the home side on a wearing Bellerive pitch.

Jayawardene’s partnership with ICC cricketer of the year Kumar Sangakkara was key for the tourists to bat out the final day for a draw, but his dismissal tilted the odds Australia’s way.

At lunch, Sri Lanka were 144 for three and still needing a further 249 runs for victory with Sangakkara on 58 off 206 balls and Thilan Samaraweera not out on 17.

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) lead Sri Lanka 336 & 169 for 4 (Kumar Sangakkara 63, Thilan Samaraweera 32*, Dimuth Karunaratne 30; Peter Siddle 2 for 25) by 224 runs.

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