Dilshan century inspires Sri Lankan victory
Sri Lanka t20 skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed an unbeaten century to help his side score a comprehensive 35 run victory over Australia at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
Dilshan (104), smashed twelve boundaries and five sixes during an incredible 57 ball innings to help the hosts record a total of 198-3 which proved to high for the Aussies to chase down after they were restricted to a total of 163-8.
The opener started off slowly after the early loss of Mahela Jayawardene (11) but he was soon into his stride, dispatching Brett Lee for a boundary and a six on his way to a quick fire half century from just 39 balls.
With the game evenly poised after the loss of Dinesh Chandimal (11) and Kumar Sangakkara (30), Dilshan launched an extraordinary blitz smashing 53 runs from just 18 deliveries to put the hosts in control.
Dilshan smashed 18 runs off John Hastings in the 16th over, 21 runs off Shane Watson in the 18th over before he completed his maiden t20 international hundred with a trademark scoop off the bowling of Mitchell Johnson in the final over which costs the Aussies another 20 runs.
Faced with a big run chase the Aussies never really challenged the hostís total despite a half century from opener David Warner (53) who recorded his fourth t20 international half century from just 29 balls.
It proved to be another bad day for skipper Cameron White (7) who suffered another poor performance with the bat after he made a number of questionable decisions during the Sri Lanka innings.
Despite bowling economically neither Steve OíKeefe (0-18) and Steve Smith (0-13) were bowled out as White keep fast with his fast bowlers who were punished by a rampant Dilshan.