Hobart: Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc bowled Australia to victory over Sri Lanka in the first Test at Hobart on Tuesday (December 18), claiming six wickets in the final session for a thrilling win.
The Sri Lankans looked to be batting out for a draw until Siddle and Starc struck to secure Australia's first win of the home season, after losing to South Africa 1-0 in the recent three-Test series. Starc claimed the last four wickets to fall to end with five for 63, while Siddle was named man of the match after his four for 50 gave him nine wickets for the match.
Australia found it hard going to gouge out the batsmen on a fifth-day pitch until the wickets tumbled in the final two hours. They got the wicket of Mahela Jayawardene before lunch, Kumar Sangakkara in the middle session and the remaining six wickets in the final one after Sri Lanka appeared to be heading for a morale-boosting draw.