Dilshan stars in rain-marred Day 3

Published: Monday, June 6, 2011, 10:58 [IST]
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Dilshan stars in rain-marred Day 3

London, June 6: Sri Lankan opener Tillakaratne Dilshan continued his domination on Day 3 of the second Test against England, to notch up 193. At stumps, the visitors had climbed from 231/1 in 63 overs to 372/3 in 102.2 overs, still trailing by 114 runs, with Mahela Jayawardene not out on 40 and Thilan Samaraweera unbeaten on 1.

Tillakaratne Dilshan on 127* and Kumar Sangakkara unbeaten on 13*, resumed batting on the morning of Day 3 against some aggressive English bowling from Stuart Broad and Chris Tremlett. However Sangakkara hit two fours and Dilshan one boundary as the score climbed to 250 in 69 overs. In the 72rd over, Dilshan smacked Graeme Swann for two fours to bring up his 150.

But Sangakkra didn't last much longer, getting caught behind off Tremlett for 26 off 93 balls as Sri Lanka's score read 288/2 in 80.4 overs. Then Dilshan counter-attacked by carting Broad for a couple of fours in the next over, before four leg byes from Tremlett brought up Sri Lanka's 300 in 83 overs. The batting dup kept pummeling the English attack with the boundaries coming regularly. Lanka then went into lunch at a healthy 344/2 in 91 overs.

After the break, Dilshan hit a couple more fours before he was bowled by Steven Finn for 193 off 253 balls as Sri Lanka slipped to 370/3 in 98.2 overs. Soon afterward the rains came. After the rains subsided, the two sides were able to get in just one more over before it started drizzling again. Play for the day was subsequently called-off with Lanka at 372/3.

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