Sri Lanka beat Australia by 8 wickets at Sydney
Royal Challengers Bangalore allrounder Tillakaratne Dilshan set up Sri Lanka’s successful chase of Australia’s total in their Commonwealth Bank Series ODI at the Sydney Cricket on Friday.
Sri Lanka bowled first after Ricky Ponting, standing in for Michael Clarke, won the toss and chose to bat first. After Malinga outfoxed David Warner, Farveez Maharoof and Thisara Perera ran riot through Australia’s middle order. Australia were down to 88/6 when a two hour rain break forced the match to be reduced to a 41 overs per side clash.
With his team already down for the count, David Hussey battled on, taking Australia to 158 before they were bowled out in 40.5 overs. He made 58 and was the only Australian batsman to even reach 20 in their innings.
Their target reduced to a gettable 152 from 41 overs Sri Lanka went after the bonus point which meant they had to chase it down in 32.4 overs. Tillakaratne Dilshan ensured they did that with his slamming innings of 45 of 41 balls with four fours and one six. Opening the batting with Mahela Jayawardene, the duo raced away to 74 in 11.4 overs before Dilshan was dismissed by Clint McKay, edging a wide one to slip.
Sangakkara reached 10,000 runs in his brief but entertaining stay in the middle and Jayawardene finished things with his half century, remaining unbeaten on 61 off 67 balls when the winning runs came off a leg bye. Sri Lanka made 152/2 in 24.1 overs, grabbing the bonus point.
They are still at the bottom of the points table with their 7 points but now have the best net run rate. India, on top with 10 points have the poorest net run rate on the other hand.