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Aussies inch towards win

cricket Updated: Sep 03, 2011 00:23 IST

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Australia closed in on a convincing victory in the first Test in Galle on Friday after Sri Lanka's top order was ripped apart for a second time.

Sri Lanka, set a target of 379 to win, were tottering at 120-5 at the close of the third day's play. Australia start the fourth day's play on Saturday needing five more wickets to win and take the lead in the three-Test series.

Brief scores: Australia 273 and 210 (Clarke 60, Herath 5-79); Sri Lanka 105 and 120 for 5 (M Jayawardene 57*, Harris 3-24).

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