Sri Lanka chase 393; Clarke injured

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Published: Monday, December 17, 2012, 16:25 [IST]
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Sri Lanka chase 393; Clarke injured

Hobart, Dec 17: Half centuries from David Warner, Ed Cowan and captain Michael Clarke put Australia on road to victory against Sri Lanka in the first Test here on Monday.


Australia set Sri Lanka a target of 393 and by stumps on the four day, took two wickets for 65 runs. Captain Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are at the crease.

The hosts, however, suffered a huge blow when Clarke had to retire hurt while batting due to hamstring injury. He is in doubt for the second Test in Melboure starting on December 26.

Australia, in second innings, were all out for 278 (Clarke unable to resume due to injury). Warner (68) and Cowan (56) put on a century partnership for the first wicket and that set the tone for them.

Clarke made a quick 46-ball 57 before heading back to the pavilion due to injury. This was the second injury for Australia after Ben Hilfenhaus had to pull out of bowling in first innings due to a side strain. Hilfenhaus will not bowl in the second innings.

In the chase, Mitchell Starc and Shane Watson took one wicket apiece.


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