Sri Lanka's Tillakaratne Dilshan endures loss in swansong
Half-centurion George Bailey starred in Australia's tense run chase as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third one-day international and took a 2-1 lead in Dambulla yesterday
Dambulla: Half-centurion George Bailey starred in Australia's tense run chase as the visitors edged past Sri Lanka by two wickets in the third one-day international and took a 2-1 lead in Dambulla yesterday. Australia chased down 227 in 46 overs to deny Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan a winning farewell in his final ODI. Bowlers set up the win for the visitors after restricting Sri Lanka to 226 all out in 49.2 overs.
Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan acknowledges fans after he makes his way back to the pavilion at Dambulla yesterday. Pic/AFP
Earlier, in-form batsman Dinesh Chandimal scored a defiant century to lift Sri Lanka to 226 all out. Sri Lanka, looking to give retiring batsman Dilshan a winning farewell, suffered from regular wicket-fall after electing to bat first as they were bowled out in 49.2 overs.
Zampa spoils Dilscoop
Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc struck in his very first over to send opener Danushka Gunathilaka, who was clean bowled, trudging back to the pavilion for five. Josh Hazlewood soon got Kusal Mendis caught at second slip for four. Dilshan scored a 65-ball 42 before falling to leg-spinner Adam Zampa. Dilshan recorded 10,290 runs in 330 ODIs with 22 hundreds and 47 half-centuries. He acknowledged the home crowd as he walked back to the pavilion.
Australia 227-8 (G Bailey 70, M Wade 42; A Mathews 2-30, A Aponso 2-44) beat Sri Lanka 226 in 49.2 overs (T Dilshan 42, D Chandimal 102; A Zampa 3-38) by 2 wickets
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