Dilshan century powers Sri Lanka to victory

March 6, 2012
Adelaide Oval
by Josh Habel

CB Series 2nd final, Adelaide
Sri Lanka 274-2 (44.2 overs) beat Australia 271-6 (50 overs) by 8 wickets

A century from former Sri Lankan captain Tillakaratne Dilshan helped Sri Lanka chase down 271 at the Adelaide Oval leaving the CB finals nicely poised at 1-1 with just one match to play.

On what was another excellent batting surface at the Adelaide Oval, Australia posted a par score of 271-6 from their 50 overs. This was largely thanks to two centuries from in-form opener David Warner, and skipper Michael Clarke.

Warner was dismissed for exactly 100 from 140 balls, in an innings that only included 4 fours and a six. Warner was finding it difficult to score at a rate that is expected of him, as Sri Lanka took the pace off the ball by opening with off spinner Dilshan. Clarke’s innings was much more fluent as his 117 came from just 91 balls, giving Australia the momentum they required through the middle overs.

Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka as he finished with figures of 3-40 from 10 overs. Australia found it difficult to find boundaries off the unorthodox Malinga, at the back end of the innings.

Sri Lanka made light work of their target, and cruised home with 34 balls to spare, only losing two wickets along the way. Dilshan played the lead role in the chase as he hit 106 from 119 balls, with 10 fours. He was well supported with half centuries from Mahela Jayawardene (80), and Kumar Sangakkara (51*).

The deciding match of the CB finals will take place on Thursday in Adelaide in another day-night contest.

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One Comment to “Dilshan century powers Sri Lanka to victory”

  1. Donald
    March 6th, 2012 @ 3:16 pm

    These guys are batting brilliantly (or has the bowling been below par?)

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