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31-Aug-2011 13:14:00 GMT
Sri Lanka v Australia, 1st Test, Galle, 1st day

Hussey Misses Ton, Australia Bowled Out on 273

Galle: Michael Hussey fell five runs short of a century as Australia were bowled out for 273 on day one of the first Test against Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka were to face one over, but took the option of bad light to bring an end to the day's play.

Hussey was the only Australian batsman to score more than 50 on Wednesday, with his contribution vital in helping the team scratch out something approaching a respectable total.

Batting alongside his seventh partner in debutant Nathan Lyon, Hussey appeared set for his 14th Test century.

But Sri Lanka captain Tillakaratne Dilshan had other ideas, trapping the veteran lbw to bring the Australian innings to a close.

Earlier, Michael Clarke won the toss and elected to bat at the Galle International Stadium, but the tourists found themselves undone by a lively pitch and an efficient Sri Lanka attack.

Opener Shane Watson (22) was the first to fall, caught by wicketkeeper Prasanna Jayawardene while attempting to drive Rangana Herath.

Orthodox spinner Herath was surprisingly preferred ahead of Ajantha Mendis, but he more than justified his selection with three wickets in total.

Phil Hughes departed for 12, forced to defend Suranga Lakmal's short delivery but succeeding only in guiding the ball to Tharanga Paranavitana in the slips.

Clarke and his predecessor Ricky Ponting - playing in his first Test since relinquishing the captaincy - reached the lunch break 2-76.

But both men fell early in the second session, with Clarke (23) caught lbw by Herath and given out after a video referral.

Ponting reached 44 and looked in good touch before his ill-judged attempt to slog Herath ended in a simple catch for Angelo Mathews at mid-off.

Chanaka Welegedara dismissed Usman Khawaja (21) with the last ball before tea, producing late reverse swing to find the gap between bat and pad.

Brad Haddin and Michael Hussey resumed with Australia 5-157 at the start of the final session, but regular wickets continued to fall.

Haddin (24) was caught by Tharanga Paranavitana off Suraj Randiv and Mitchell Johnson could only add 14 before issuing a soft edge to Jayawardene from Lakmal.

Lakmal picked up his third wicket when he trapped Ryan Harris lbw for just one, and the combination of Paranavitana and Randiv scored their second wicket when a simple bat-pad catch accounted for Trent Copeland (12).

Lakmal (3-55) and Herath (3-54) led the wicket-takers for Sri Lanka, with Randiv (2-75) and Welegedara (1-61) the other men to contribute.

Brief scores
273 (Hussey 95, Herath 3-54, Lakmal 3-55)

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