Dilshan ton helps SL take second CB Series final
Powered by Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan’s 106, Sri Lanka put up a clinical batting display to chase down Australia’s 272/6 and win the second final of the Commonwealth Bank Series at Adelaide by 8 wickets.
Australia chose to bat first upon winning the toss at Adelaide. Brought in early into the attack, Dilshan snared opener Matthew Wade in just the 5th over of the Australian innings.
Michael Clarke and David Warner built the Australian innings, adding 184 runs in 184 balls to take them from 56/2 in the 15th over to 240/3 in the 46th over.
Both struck contrasting tons, Warner’s 100 was uncharacteristically slow while Michael Clarke’s 117 was freewheeling. Warner was caught by Dilshan off Malinga to trigger a slide, Australia losing 3 wickets for 32 runs in the next four overs. Sri Lanka’s tight fielding, the resultant slow scoring rate and loss of quick wickets at the end meant Australia ended their innings at a below par 272/6.
SL proceeded with intent, Tillakaratne Dilshan first racing off the blocks and Mahela Jayawardene then overtaking him. The two were imperious in their treatment of the Australian bowling and added 179 runs for the first wicket in just 28 overs.
Dilshan went at a steady clip, bringing up his 50 off 56 balls and he carried on after Jayawardene’s dismissal to bring up his 100 off 110 balls. He added another 55 runs with Sangakkara for the second wicket before he was dismissed for 106. Dilshan’s knock came off 116 balls with 10 fours and the fall of his wicket left SL on 234/2 in 38.2 overs, still placed very comfortably in the chase.
Sangakkara brought up his fifty off 57 balls, knocking off the remaining runs with Dinesh Chandimal comfortably as SL got past the Aus score in just 44.2 overs, posting 274/2 to seal an 8 wicket win and tie the finals at 1-1.
Tillakaratne Dilshan picked up the Man of the Match award for his hundred. The two teams will play the decider at Adelaide on Thursday.