Ton-up Dilshan helps Sri Lanka clinch tri-series

DAMBULLA, August 28, 2010 (AFP) – Tillakaratne Dilshan cracked an impressive century to set up Sri Lanka’s 74-run victory over India in the triangular one-day series final on Saturday. The opener smashed one six and 12 fours in a 115-ball 110 for his eighth one-day hundred, and the first at home, as Sri Lanka posted a challenging 299-8 on a good batting pitch after winning the toss in the day-night match.

India never seriously threatened Sri Lanka’s total and were bowled out for 225, despite a fighting 67 by skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

“It was a good toss to win,” said Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara. “Our openers Mahela Jayawardene and Dilshan started well. Dilshan then continued to bat really well.

“Thisara Perera lengthens our batting, but his bowling has been very impressive in the last couple of games. The discipline in line and length has been the key for us.”

India needed a big partnership to achieve the stiff target, but the highest stand was of just 50 runs for the third wicket between Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.

Kohli (37), Suresh Raina (29), Virender Sehwag (28) and Yuvraj (26) got starts, but failed to convert them into big knocks.