Dilshan hits 50 as SL upset Aus
Sri Lanka roared back into the Commonwealth Bank series, winning the second ODI at Adelaide by 8 wickets to level the 5 ODI series 1-1.
Sri Lanka won an important toss and chose to bowl first to take advantage of the overcast conditions. Angelo Mathews (2/24), Thisara Perera (2/40), N Kulasekara (1/24) and Lasith Malinga (3/32) all bowled disciplined lines with controlled seam movement to scythe through a confused Australian line up. The fielding was sharp too, Tillakaratne Dilshan giving the team a big break with a direct hit to run out David Hussey before he could cause major damage.
Only Brad Haddin (50, 67b, 4x4, 1x6) could offer any resistance, adding 57 runs in a 7th wicket stand with debutant Ben Cutting to push Australia up to a total of 170.
With a small total to defend, Clint McKay gave Australia an important breakthrough with the wicket of Upul Tharanga in the first over of the chase, leaving SL at 0/1. But Tillakaratne Dilshan and Lahiru Thirimanne shut the door on Australia with a chanceless 137 run stand for the second wicket. Keeping the conditions in mind, Dilshan was adequately restrained in going for his shots while Thirimanne played smartly, finding gaps and singles with regularity.
The small total meant the asking rate never was out of reach, allowing the pair to play slow. Their 50 stand came off 87 deliveries while the individual fifties for Thirimanne and Dilshan came off 83b and 78b respectively.
Dilshan finally fell for 51(88b, 4x4) in the 34th over, giving Ben Cutting his first wicket in ODIs but SL only needed 34 to win by then. The runs came in another measured stand between Thirimanne and debutant Kushal Perera (14*). Thirimanne hit the winning runs and brought up his century with a cut off Xavier Doherty in the 41st over, putting SL level with Australia at 1-1 in the 5 ODI series with the eight wicket win.