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Dilshan Guides Lanka To Level Series

T.M. Dilshan —  Back to back centuries

T.M. Dilshan — Back to back centuries

Riding on a hundred from in-form Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka defeated India by 3 wickets in the second ODI at Nagpur, Friday. With this win, Lanka have levelled the five-match series 1-1.

Earlier, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni cracked his sixth hundred and strung together a breezy century stand with Suresh Raina to lift his side to an imposing 301 for seven in the second One-Day International against Sri Lanka.

Dhoni had the proverbial cat’s luck as he was let off on four occasions by the butter-fingered Lankan fielders, thrice by his counterpart Kumar Sangakkara alone before he had reached 50, and the Indian captain punished them with his second successive hundred in ODIs at this venue. The India captain, who fell to impressive debutant Suraj Randiv for 107 in 111 balls that included eight fours and two sixes, and Raina (68) stitched a stand of 126 in only 119 balls for the fifth wicket to lift India to the 300-plus score after the hosts were struggling just past the halfway stage.
A near-full house in Nagpur was witness to a fiery match, with Sri Lanka leveling the series with a three-wicket win as runs and wickets flowed in equal measure in good batting conditions. With another evening of thrilling batting, Tillakaratne Dilshan demonstrated every single reason that Sri Lanka decided to open the innings with him permanently in January. Dilshan’s fifth one-day century, and second in a row, was the dominant force in Sri Lanka clinching this win but it so nearly ended up in another lost cause, if not for Angelo Mathews.

Dilshan contributed 63 to a 102-run opening stand, playing with the freedom and control fans have grown accustomed to. There was a massive scare as Sri Lanka lost three wickets, and a limping Mathews was called on to douse the flames. That he did, standing one on leg and coolly striking out the threat of a revved-up India.
Sri Lanka 302 for 7 (Dilshan 123, Mathews 37*, Zaheer 3-63) beat India 301 for 7 (Dhoni 107, Raina 68, Kohli 54) by three wickets

1 Comment for “Dilshan Guides Lanka To Level Series”

  1. raguna

    Congrats to Dilshan and the Team.
    Great to win even in the absence of veterans Murali & Sanath and a number of others in injured list. Congrats also to debutants who did well.

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