A video of a press conference by Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene.

Mahela Jayawardene chats to the press after the final day of the first Test against Australia at Blundstone Arena.

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.

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.