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Dilshan downs Bangladesh with unbeaten hundred

Tillakaratne Dilshan struck 113* to guide Sri Lanka to a 8 wicket win with a successful chase against Bangladesh in the first ODI at Hambantota.

Tamim Iqbal was the biggest contributor to Bangladesh’s 259/8 after they had been put in to bat first, scoring 112 (136b, 10x4, 1x6). He only found support from Mahmudullah (29) and Nasir Hossain (73), adding 66 and 75 with them for the 4th and 5th wickets respectively. Sri Lanka’s seamers were impressive, sharing 6 of the wickets between them.

The start of the second innings was delayed when there was a floodlight failure at the ground. To make up for the time lost in resolving the issue, Sri Lanka’s target was reset to 238 runs from 41 overs.

Sri Lanka cruised in their chase, never looking in a state of bother. Dilshan raced to his 50 off just 32b, hitting eight fours on his way. His 100 was slower in coming but still came at faster than run-a-ball, in 93 deliveries. He added 106 for the first wicket with Kusal Perera (42) in just 12.1 overs and a comparatively sedate 128 off 22.5 overs with Kumar Sangakkara (63, 68b, 6x4) for the second wicket. By the time Sangakkara was dismissed, Sri Lanka needed just 4 for a win.

Dilshan remained unbeaten on 113 (108b, 11x4) as Dinesh Chandimal brought up the winning runs which put SL 1-0 ahead in the 3 ODI series.

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