Hobart Test: Australia finish Day 2 on top
Zeenews Sports Bureau
SRI LANKA: Over: 29.1 II Score: 87/4(1st innings) (Dilshan: 50*)(Australia: 450/5d)
Sri Lanka were tottering after losing four wickets in their first innings in response to Australian total of 450/5d. Barring Mitchell Starc, each Australian bowler picked a wicket each. The last two wickets to fall in the day were of Jayawardene and Welegedara. The hosts finished the day on top after their captain Michael Clarke made an early declaration. His decision was justified when the Lankan team came in to bat and lost early wickets.
SRI LANKA: Over: 20 II Score: 59/2 (1st innings) (Dilshan: 34*, Jayawardene: 11*) (Australia: 450/5d)
Sri Lanka lost the wicket of Dimuth Karunaratne and veteran Kumara Sangakkara early in their innings. Karunaratne fell to Ben Hilfenhaus after edging one to the keeper. He scored 14 (32b, 4X1). Sangakkara was caught by Michael Hussey at gully off Peter Siddle.
AUSTRALIA (DECLARED): Over: 131 II Score: 450/5 (1st innings) (Hussey: 115*, Wade: 68*)
Australia made a surprise declaration after scoring 450/5 on the second day of the first Test at Hobart. Michael Hussey reached his 19th Test century with a boundary while Mathew Wade struck his second Tests fifty. Hussey had his heart-in-mouth moment when he has dropped by Angelo Mathews at deep midwicket on 96 that gave him the four runs to century. A bold decision this from Clarke to declare when they were going strong and could have their opponents under more pressure after posting in excess of 500 runs.
AUSTRALIA: Over: 124 II Score: 400/5 (1st innings) (Hussey: 86*, Wade: 47*,)
The hosts score has reached the 400-run mark with Hussey and Wade still on the crease. After the delay caused by the rain the play finally resumed with Nuwan Kulasekera bowling the first over of the second session. Five runs came off it with Wade hitting a boundary through covers.
AUSTRALIA: Over: 114 II Score: 364/5 (1st innings) (Hussey: 66*, Wade: 31*,)
Australia had lost the wicket of Michael Clarke early in the morning after he had added just four runs to his overnight score of 70 not out. He was caught by Kumara Sangakkara at first slips off Shaminda Eranga. Australia went to lunch without any further damage with Michael Hussey completing his 30th Test fifty while adding 60 runs for the sixth wicket with Matthew Wade. The start of the second session of play was delayed by 50 minutes due to rain. However, latest news from the ground suggests that the rain has stopped and the covers have been taken off.