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Dilshan ton gives Sri Lanka chance

Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 147 for Sri Lanka against Australia on Day 3 of the first Test at Hobart on Sunday.

Dilshan was unbeaten on 50* overnight with Sri Lanka on 87/4, trailing Australia by 363 runs in their first innings. Dilshan (147) rebuilt the innings with support from Angelo Mathews (75) in a 161 run partnership for the 5th wicket. He brought up his first Test hundred in Australia off 148 deliveries, scoring quickly to keep SL in the game.

Peter Siddle took 5/54 as Sri Lanka were bowled out for 336, conceding a first innings lead of 114. Fifties from Ed Cowan (56), David Warner (68) and Michael Clarke (57) saw Australia post 278 in their second innings, extending their lead to 393 runs. Crucially for Sri Lanka, Clarke had to retire hurt and may not play in the second Test.

Sri Lanka lost Dilshan (11) early in their huge chase as he was caught behind off the first delivery from Shane Watson who had just been introduced as first change bowler. Kumar Sangakkara (18* off 88b) and Mahela Jayawardene (5* off 37b) took them to stumps at 65/2.

The Lankans need 328 runs on Tuesday, the final day with eight wickets left in hand if they are to post a historic win at the Bellerive Oval.

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