Dilshan stands alone for SL
Tillakaratne Dilshan was unbeaten on 50* at Stumps on Day 2 of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the Bellerive Oval in Hobart on Saturday.
Sri Lanka were 87/4 at Stumps in response to Australia’s first innings total of 450/5d, trailing by 363 runs in their first innings. David Warner (57) and in his role as Ricky Ponting’s successor at no.3, Phil Hughes (86) settled Australia after the early dismissal of Ed Cowan (4).
Michael Hussey joined Michael Clarke (74) in the middle with Australia on 198/4 and the two took Australia to 299/4 at Stumps on Day 1 after Clarke had chosen to bat first.
Clarke was dismissed early on Day 2 to end the 5th wicket partnership on 106. Matthew Wade (68*) and Hussey then starred in an unbeaten 144 partnership for the 6th wicket as the latter brought up his third 100 of the international season.
Clarke declared on 450/5 shortly before Tea, giving his bowlers a go at the tired Sri Lankans in the hope of quick wickets.
His gamble worked as Ben Hilfenhaus removed Dimuth Karunaratne early. Peter Siddle then got them the big wicket of Kumar Sangakkara, forcing a loose drive which was caught at gully by Hussey. Shane Watson bagged the big wicket of Mahela Jayawardene, catching him LBW and reducing Sri Lanka to 70/3.
At the other end, Dilshan, Sri Lanka’s only centurion in their warm up game made sure he didn’t throw his wicket away even though he played his natural attacking game, hitting 8 of the 11 boundaries in SL’s innings.
Stumps were called after Nathan Lyon had Thilan Samaraweera caught behind for 7, Dilshan at one end on 50* staring at a 363 run deficit to overhaul.