Pakistanis surrender without a fight:
Majestic Dilshan century propels Sri Lanka to 76- run triumph
A majestic unbeaten century 119 from opener Tillekeratne Dilshan, a
dazzling knock of 53 from skipper Mahela Jayawardena and a devastating
spell from Thisara Perera 6 for 44 in 10 overs helped the Sri Lankan
cricketers to regain their winning ways and post a 76 run victory and
square the best of five one-day international series one-all against
Pakistan at the Pallekelle International Cricket Stadium, here today.
In the process wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara grabbed his 300th catch
in one-day internationals when he dived full length to catch Sahid
Afridi for 17 off Lasith Malinga.
After the batsmen provided the runs, the bowlers kept the free
scoring Pakistani batsmen on a tight leash and did not allow the batsmen
to pile on the runs in their quest for victory.
Perera after his blast of 24 in 14, showed his capabilities with the
ball bowling his medium pacers intelligently and wicket to wicket and
the batmen found him unplayable. It was his third 5 wicket haul in ODIs.
Jayawardena used him judiciously giving him attacking and run saving
fields and did not Perera enjoy his spell and deliver with wickets for
runs. He varied his deliveries well and his slow ball was well disguised
to tease the batsmen.
The only batsman to impress for Pakistan was opener Azhar Ali who was
unlucky falling short by 4 runs to make a century. He made a fighting 96
in 119 balls with 12 fours.
Dilshan who was involved in a rollicking stand of 86 in 88 balls for
the fourth wicket with Jayawardena propelled Sri Lanka to 280 for 4 in
Dilshan who reached his century in 120 balls with 11 fours remained
unbeaten on 119. Thisara Perera 24 not out and Dilshan added 40 for the
5th wicket in 26 balls with Perera slamming 2 sixes and 2 fours.
After Chandimal went, skipper Jayawardena joined forces with Dilshan
and showing no mercy scattered the Pakistanis bowers all over the field
with some daring stoke play.
Dishan was back in the form that he is renowned for and in playing
some exquisite drives and cuts, put on show his innovation, the ‘Dil
Scoop’ which was delicious to watch Jayawardena who was in a run drought
came out of it beautifully and batting like the champion he is famous
for raced to a grand 53, his 67th one-day fifty in 45 balls with 8
fours. His stand with Dilshan was a joy to watch.
The conditions were overcast with dark clouds threatening as Captains
Misbah-Ul-Haq and Mahela Jayawardena walked out to spin the coin.
Jayawardena who has the knack of winning tosses, won it again.
This game is being played on the same pitch on which the previous
game was played. There was no rain on Friday and the wicket looked dry
and Jayawardena made the right decision to strike first. The Lankans
went in with the same team that lost the previous game, while Pakistan
brought in another left arm medium pacer and right hand bat Rahat Ali
for the injured Mohammed Sami.
The Lankans made a batting change opening with the old firm of
Tillekeratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga who enjoyed a good 2011 World Cup
as partners and with Jayawardena opting to drop down.
Openers Dilshan and Tharanga showed more purpose and urgency in their
approach and with the ball coming nicely on to the bat, began to play
the strokes that they are renowned for.
Gul and Tanvir who bowled tight and got good movement in the previous
game, were off line and with no help from the wicket, failed to trouble
After a stand of 37, Tharanga who played some well timed drives in
hitting three fours lunged forward to Tanvi, got an outside edge and
wicket keeper Safraz Ahmed gobbled the catch – 37 for one. Tharanga 18.
Kumar Sangakkara seemed to be settling down when off spinner Mohammed
Hafeez foxed him with the slower ball which Sangakkara lollied a return
catch to the bowler after making 18. Promising Dinesh Chandimal joined
Dilshan and stepped on the accelerator and the runs were coming at a
Dilshan slipped into top gear and played his signature shots and
reached his 27th one-day 50 in 60 balls with 8 fours.
Candimal was batting and timing his shots well and when he seemed set
to make a big score after making 32 with 3 fours in 51 balls went LBW to
He added 70 runs in 89 balls with Dilshan. Pallekelle, Saturday.
U. Tharanga c Ahmed b Tanvir 18
T. Dilshan not out 119
K. Sangakkara c and b Hafeez 18
D. Chandimal lbw b Afridi 32
M. Jayawardene b Ajmal 53
T. Perera not out 24
Extras (b1, lb7, nb1, w7) 16
Total (for four wkts; 50 overs) 280
Fall of wickets: 1-37 (Tharanga), 2-84 (Sangakkara)
3-154 (Chandimal), 4-240 (Jayawardene)
Bowling: Gul 9-0-58-0
Tanvir 9-1-51-1 (nb1, w1)
Afridi 10-0-50-1 (w3)
Rahat 4-0-34-0 (w3)
Mohammad Hafeez c and b Perera 14
Azhar Ali b Kulasekara 96
Younis Khan c Sangakkara b Perera 04
Misbah-ul-Haq lbw b Perera 27
Umar Akmal c Sangakkara b Perera 03
Shahid Afridi c Sangakkara b Malinga 17
Sarfraz Ahmed lbw b Kulasekara 20
Sohail Tanvir c Tharanga b Perera 03
Umar Gul lbw b Perera 14
Saeed Ajmal c Sangakkara b Malinga 04
Rahat Ali not out 00
Extras (lb2) 02
Total (for all out; 46.2 overs) 204
Fall of wickets: 1-48 (Hafeez), 2-78 (Younis), 3-127 (Misbah)
4-139 (Akmal), 5-157 (Azhar), 6-165 (Afridi)
7-170 (Tanvir), 8-197 (Gul), 9-204 (Ajmal), 10-204 (Ahmed)
Bowling: Kulasekara 8.2-1-33-2