Sri Lanka win with Dilshan’s explosive 123

NAGPUR, December 18, 2009 (AFP) – Tillakaratne Dilshan hammered a second successive century to power Sri Lanka to a thrilling three-wicket victory over India in the second one-day international here on Friday. The opener, who made 160 in the last match, cracked a rapid-fire 123 as Sri Lanka surpassed India’s 301-7 with five balls to spare in the day-night game to level the five-match series 1-1.

India were indebted to skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (107) for setting a challenging target.

Left-arm seamers Zaheer Khan and Ashish Nehra raised visions of a dramatic Indian win when they reduced Sri Lanka to 285-7 from a comfortable 213-2, but injured Angelo Mathews held his nerve under pressure to see his team home.

Mathews, batting with a runner, Chamara Kapugedera, in the later part of his unbeaten 37, completed the victory with a single off spinner Ravindra Jadeja in the last over.

Zaheer grabbed three wickets, including two in one over, while Nehra got the prize wicket of Dilshan.

Sri Lanka got off to an explosive start, with Dilshan and Upul Tharanga (37) flaying the Indian attack to add 102 for the opening wicket off 14 overs.

Tharanga was caught in the slips by Virender