| Tillekaratne Dilshan, after his century, on Sunday |
Hobart: Peter Siddle grabbed five wickets to help Australia to a 141-run lead at the end of the third day of the first Test on Sunday but only after a brilliant 147 from Sri Lanka’s Tillekaratne Dilshan had stalled the hosts for much of the day.
Openers Ed Cowan (16) and David Warner (8) added 27 without loss to Australia’s first innings tally of 450 for five declared before the close of play, despite a rain disruption and some tight bowling from the Sri Lankans.
Dilshan earlier put on 161 in a record partnership with all-rounder Angelo Mathews (75) to drive the visitors to 336 all out after they had resumed in a big hole at 87 for 4 in the morning.
Siddle finally separated them when he trapped Mathews leg before before tea after two sessions of frustration for Australia, which were compounded by an injury to seamer Ben Hilfenhaus.
Opener Dilshan followed soon afterwards — the victim of a superb yorker from left-armer Mitchell Starc — and Siddle then skittled the tail to finish with figures of five for 54.
“After lunch, we came out and attacked and bowled our partnerships, bowled the way we wanted to, built the pressure and got the rewards that were warranted,” Siddle told reporters.
“It’s just about pressing forward tomorrow morning. Obviously it’s going to be hard for the batters, but they’ll dig in.