Dilshan, Tharanga heroics send Lanka to quarters
A record opening stand and a four wicket haul from Tillekeratne
Dilshan carried Sri Lanka to an impressive 139 run victory over Zimbabwe
in their ICC 2011 Cricket World Cup Group ĎAí match worked off under
lights at the Pallekele International Stadium in Kandy yesterday.
The Lankans rattled up an imposing 327 for 6 from their 50 overs
after been put into bat and then dismissed Zimbabwe for 188 runs from 39
overs to book a place in the quarterfinals of the 14 nation tournament.
Sri Lanka of course came in for a surprise when the Zimbabwe openers
Brendan Taylor and Regis Chakabva put on 116 runs for the first wicket
from 19.5 overs before they were separated by Muttiah Muralitharan.
But it was Tillekeratne Dilshan who really sent the Zimbabweans
sliding towards defeat with four quick wickets including two in two
deliveries following his batting heroics during the Sri Lankan innings.
The pair of Dilshan and Upul Tharanga bettered the previous World Cup
record opening partnership of 194 runs held by Pakistanís Saeed Anwar
and Wajahtulla Wasti against New Zealand at Manchester in 1999.
They of course missed out the One Day International record by a mere
four runs which was 286 runs held by a Sri Lankan combination of Sanath
Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga against England in July 2006 at Leeds.
The explosive Tillekeratne Dilshan led the way by racing to his
maiden World Cup hundred from just 95 deliveries inclusive of one six
and a dozen of boundaries.
The dashing right hander got his act together well from the start and
launched a fierce assault on the Zimbabwe bowlers.
Left hander Upul Tharanga who played the supporting role during the
initial stages opened out in the last few overs after having completed
his tenth One Day International century and his first in a World Cup
Dilshan also missed the record for the highest runs in an innings by
a Sri Lankan in a World Cup by a whisker as he finished one short of
Aravinda de Silva`s 145 against Kenya in the 1996 World Cup.
Dilshan hit a magnificent 144 from 131 deliveries inclusive of one
six and sixteen boundaries. However he was able to overtake Englandís
Andrew Strauss as the highest run getter so far in the World Cup with a
tally of 283 runs from five matches.
Sri Lanka made two changes to their team bringing in fast bowler
Nuwan Kulaskeara and all rounder Thisara Perera in place of spinner
Ajantha Mendis and Rangana Herath.
U. Tharanga Chigumbura b Mpofu 133
T. Dilshan c Panyangara b Utseya 144
T. Prera c Chigumbura b Price 3
M. Jayawardene c Chakbva b Mpofu 9
K. Sangakkara not out 11
A. Mathews c Chigumbura b Mpofu 0
C. Silva c Panyangara b Mpofu 4
T. Samaraweera not out 8
Extras: (b2, lb3, nb1, w9) 15
Total: (for six wkts; 50 overs) 327
Fall of wickets: 1-282 (Tharanga), 2-289 (Dilshan), 3-296 (Prera), 4-300 (Jayawardene), 5-302 (Mathews), 6-308 (Silva).
Bowling: Mpofu 7-0-62-4 (nb1, w2), Panyangara 6-0-51-0 (w2), Price 9-1-46-1 (w2),
Chigumbura 3-0-20-0, Utseya 10-0-50-1 (w1), Cremer 7-0-42-0 (w1), Lamb 8-0-51-0 (w1).
B. Taylor c Jayawardene b Mathews 80
R. Chakabva b Muralitharan 35
T. Taibu c Sangakkara b Mathews 4
P. Utseya st Sangakkara b Dilshan 4
C. Ervine lbw b Dilshan 17
E. Chigumura c Prera b Muralitharan 6
G. Lamb c Jayawardene b Dilshan 0
C. Cremer not out 14
R. Price c Samaraweera b Perera 11
T. Panyangara lbw b Dilshan 0
C. Mpofu b Muralitharan 1
Extras: (b2, lb2, w12) 16
Total: (all out; 39 overs) 188
Fall of wickets: 1-116 (Chakabva), 2-125 (Taibu), 3-132 (Taylor), 4-150 (Utseya), 5-156 (Ervine),
6-156 (Lamb), 7-165 (Chigumbura), 8-185 (Price), 9-185 (Panyangara), 10-188 (Mpofu).
Bowling: Malinga 8-0-51-0 (w11), Kulasekara 8-0-33-0 (w1), Perera 6-0-33-1,
Muralitharan 9-0-34-3, Mathews 5-0-29-2, Dilshan 3-0-4-4