Tillakaratne Dilshan smashes first century in Australia, guides Sri Lanka to safety

Tillakaratne Dilshan was unbeaten on 103, leading the Sri Lankan fightback against Australia Getty Images

Hobart: Dec 16, 2012

Sri Lanka has pounced on Australia’s depleted bowling attack on Sunday, led by attacking opener Tillakaratne Dilshan.

Dilshan scored his first century in Australia and second against the Australians just before a downpour sent teams heading to the changerooms, forcing an early lunch.

After racing into the 90s, the veteran opener was subdued for 30 minutes before he brought up his 15th Test century with a cut for four the 16th of his innings from 151 deliveries.

Resuming at 4 for 87, he and vice-captain Angelo Mathews (45 not out) have added exactly 100 to take the visitors to 4 for 187, needing another 64 to avoid the follow on.

The Sri Lankan cause has been helped by an injury to fast bowler Ben Hilfenhaus, as Australia’s quicks’ curse struck again.

Hilfenhaus sent down two deliveries in his fourth over of the morning before pulling up in discomfort.

The Tasmanian fast bowler then grabbed his hat and immediately left the field, stretching his back and side before leaving the venue for scans on his left side.

Australia is already without James Pattinson (side strain), Josh Hazlewood (foot), Pat Cummins (back), Josh Hastings (back) and Ryan Harris (knee) due to injury.

Brief Scores: Australia 450 for 5 dec. (Michael Hussey 115*, Philip Hughes 86, Michael Clarke 70*, Matthew Wade 68*, David Warner 57; Chanaka Welegedra 3 for 130) lead Sri Lanka 187 for 4 (Tillakaratne Dilshan 103*, Angelo Mathews 45*; Nathan Lyon 1 for 16) by 263 runs.

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