Sri Lanka lifted by Dilshan century in India Test

AHMEDABAD, November 17, 2009 (AFP) – Tillakaratne Dilshan smashed his fifth century of the year as Sri Lanka made a spirited reply in the first Test against India here on Tuesday. Dilshan hit 112, his 10th Test hundred, as Sri Lanka cruised to 275-3 by stumps on the second day in reply to India’s first innings total of 426.

The right-hander put on 74 for the first wicket with Tharanga Paranavitana (35) and 115 for the second with skipper Kumar Sangakkara, who made 31.

Former captain Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera built on the good start by adding 81 for the unbroken fourth wicket before stumps were drawn for the day.

Jayawardene was unbeaten on 36 and Samaraweera was on 45 with Sri Lanka 151 runs behind India with seven wickets in hand.

Dilshan, who passed a late fitness test on a sprained ankle to play the match, revelled in excellent batting conditions at the Motera stadium to hit 12 fluent boundaries.

The 33-year-old opener has scored 961 runs in nine Tests this year at an average of 73.92. His 162 against Bangladesh in January was the best of his five centuries in 2009.

Dilshan said Sri Lanka had put themselves in a good posi