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Australia beat Lanka by a big margin

cricket Updated: Nov 13, 2007 03:44 IST
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MAN OF the match Brett Lee completed his second successive four-wicket haul as Australia thumped Sri Lanka by an innings and 40 runs in the first Test in Brisbane on Tuesday.

Resuming at their overnight score of 218 for five, the Lankans, who were forced to follow on after being bundled out for 211 in reply to a mammoth Australian total of 551, were bowled out for 300 on the final day.

Lee was the wrecker-in-chief for the hosts, returning match figures of 112-8 after picking up 86-4 in the second innings.

For the visitors Chamara Silva was the only batsman to put up some resistance today scoring a valiant 43 before edging Lee to Michael Hussey to start the Lankan collapse.

Lankan paper protests against CA dictat

Colombo: A Sri Lankan newspaper chose a bold way to illustrate how a media rights dispute between Cricket Australia and the major international news agencies is hurting its coverage of the series.

With the national squad in Brisbane for the first Test match against the world's top-ranked team, Sri Lanka's Sunday Times would usually rely on the Associated Press, Reuters and Agence France-Presse to supply images.

But with the agencies locked out of the match over a dispute involving the terms and conditions of accreditation, the paper carried only a small report supplied by the BBC.