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Aus 8 wickets away from Test win over SL

Australia were eight wickets and Sri Lanka a more improbable 328 runs away from victory in the first Hobart Test after a see-sawing fourth day. Sri Lanka bowled out Australia for 278 with star spinner Rangana Herath taking five wickets, leaving them with 393 runs to win at tea. They went to stumps on 65 for two with a day to play. Kumar Sangakkara and skipper Mahela Jayawardene dug in until close of play. Sangakkara’s 18 came off 88 balls and Jayawardene (5) took 25 balls to get off the mark. The tourists will have to improve on Australia’s highest successful run chase at the Bellerive Oval of 369 against Pakistan in 1999. Sri Lanka’s most successful run chase was 352 to beat South Africa by one wicket in Colombo in 2006.
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