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Dilshan leads SL to 2-0 series win in T20s

Dilshan leads SL to 2-0 series win in T20s

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lankan captain and Royal Challengers batsman led SL to a 2-0 sweep win in the T20 series against Australia at Pallekele.

He hit a fine 104* to help SL win the first game by 35 runs and off spinner Ajantha Mendis took a record 6/16 to help SL win the second game by 8 runs.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lankan captain and Royal Challengers batsman, led SL to a 2-0 sweep in the T20 series against Australia at Pallekele.

He hit a fine 104* to help SL win the first game by 35 runs and off spinner Ajantha Mendis took a record 6/16 to help SL win the second game by 8 runs.

Australia looked underprepared and unsuited to the conditions in the first game which was held on Saturday 6th August. Dilshan's 104* off 57 balls was part of a brilliant counter-attack even as he lost partners at regular intervals at the other end. It helped SL post a massive 198/3 which the Aussies fell short of by 35 runs.

Led by ex Royal Challenger Cameron White, the tourists came back hard tonight to restrict SL to 157/9. They were prepared for Dilshan too, managing to dismiss him for just 4 but were unable to handle SL's other opening legend, Mahela Jayawardene. Jayawardene stroked a classy, elegant 86 despite running out of partners at the other end to take SL to 157/9 in their 20 overs. SL went into the game with 5 spinners including Dilshan himself but he didn't have to bowl at all once mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis got going.

Aus made a fabulous start to their chase reaching 64 after 5 overs as Shane Watson went on a rampage hitting 51 off 20 balls. Dilshan introduced Ajantha into the attack, he conceded a single to Warner to get Watson on strike, conceded a six then had him caught at the ropes as he tried to hit another six. Spectacular fielding from Mathews and Jayawardene accounted for Warner in Ajantha's next over and the Australian batsmen proved unable to play or even read Ajantha after that. Marsh departed in the same over as Warner and Herath removed David Hussey in the next over.

Ajantha was brought back to break the partnership that White and Steve Smith were building and he immediately got rid of Smith as well as Haddin. With Jeevan Mendis bowling from the other end, Ajantha's last over saw two more dismissals, Mitchell Johnson bowled and Steve O'Keefe got run out by Jayawardene again. Johnson's wicket gave him the first ever 6 wicket haul in T20 internationals, bettering Umar Gul's 5 wicket haul against New Zealand for the best figures in T20Is ever.

White remained at the other end though and brought the equation down to 15 off the last over, but Thisara Perera got him with the second delivery of the over to end the contest. Brett Lee and Hastings
played out the over as SL wrapped the T20 series up 2-0.

The two teams will now meet in the first ODI which will be played at the same venue on Wednesday, August 10th.

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need him to support gayle ....
majesticmahi on 26 Aug 2011, 05:38 AM
SL crashed 3-2 in ODI
krishnasa1 on 24 Aug 2011, 08:11 AM
see ...he is a must for RCB...
majesticmahi on 23 Aug 2011, 06:43 PM
dilshan rocks...
brijeshta on 23 Aug 2011, 09:54 AM
not only captaincy played superb innings
krishnasa1 on 23 Aug 2011, 05:00 AM
result of good captancy
sumitrarcb on 21 Aug 2011, 07:41 PM
dilshan is a super player :) i love him :))
brijeshta on 21 Aug 2011, 07:05 AM
HOPE HE WILL COME IN BLASTING FORM TO GET US A TROPHY
shashi-kumar2 on 20 Aug 2011, 09:02 PM
Good victory
Cage on 20 Aug 2011, 06:48 AM
Come CL in good form dilly
shashi-kumar2 on 18 Aug 2011, 10:08 PM
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