HOBART, Dec 18 (Reuters) - Seamers Peter Siddle and Mitchell Starc shared six late wickets to give Australia a dramatic 137-run victory over Sri Lanka in the last hour of the fifth and final day of the first test on Tuesday.
Siddle, who finished the match with figures of 9-104, and left-armer Starc, who took 5-63 in the second innings, fired in the final session to bowl the tourists out for 255 and give Australia a 1-0 lead in the three-test series.
Sri Lanka, resuming on 65-2, had been set 393 for victory but soon made it clear they were intent on batting out the day for a draw rather than going for their first win in Australia.
They had lost just two further wickets and added 121 runs by tea and the match looked destined for a draw until the Australian pace duo, who had lost colleague Ben Hilfenhaus to injury, intervened.
After Australia had declared their first innings at 450-5, the tourists replied with 336 all out before dismissing their hosts for 278.
Melbourne and Sydney host the last two tests of the series.
(Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Peter Rutherford)
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