Dilsha, Jayasuriya helps Lanka to post 171/4

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 20:44 [IST]
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Dilsha, Jayasuriya helps Lanka to post 171/4

Colombo: Sri Lankan's standby skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan struck a brilliant 61 runs to help his team to post a challenging total of 171/4 on the board in the Twenty20 game being played here at the R Premadasa Stadium on Tuesday as this is the first ever Twenty 20 match played in Sri Lanka

The home team looked to be heading for a mammoth score but the Indian bowlers managed to peg them back with some tight bowling toward the end. Ishant Sharma gave just three runs off the last over of the innings.

After playing a brilliant knock (61 off 47 balls), the Lankan skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan departed to a brilliant running catch by Suresh Raina off Ishant Sharma.

Tillakaratne Dilshan played a captain"s knock as Sri Lanka looked to post a challenging total in front of India"s strong batting line-up. The Lankan skipper hit a blistering half-ton off just 44 balls that included 6 fours.

Moments after claiming the wicket of Mubarak, India got another important breakthrough in the form of Chamara Kapugedara, who was out caught by Sehwag off Yusuf Pathan. The batsman made 16.

India got the crucial wicket of Sanath Jayasuriya just when he threatened to bat the Indians out of the game. The southpaw, who made 33 off just 17 balls, was out to a brilliant catch by Ishant Sharma at mid-on off the bowling of Irfan Pathan.

Sanath Jayasuriya helped the Lankans get off to a flier as he smashed Ishant Sharma for 18 runs in the fourth over including a four and two mammoth sixes. The home team brought up their fifty in the 5th over.

Batting first, Sri Lanka were off to a good start as the opening pair of Tillakaratne Dilshan and Sanath Jayasuriya plucked 20 runs off the first 3 overs. The Lankans got an early respite when Irfan Pathan dropped a skier to give Dilshan a new lease of life in the first over of the innings.

The Indians, who thrashed the home team 4-1 in the recently concluded one-day series are looking in ominous touch while the new look Sri Lankan side under Dilshan will be out there to prove a point.


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