Dilshan century sets up big Sri Lanka total

CENTURION, South Africa - Opener Tillakaratne Dilshan struck 106 runs as Sri Lanka made 319-8 against South Africa Tuesday in the opening match of the 2009 Champions Trophy at SuperSport Park.

By (AFP)

Published: Tue 22 Sep 2009, 11:15 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:48 AM

A recent convert from the middle order, Dilshan hit 16 fours and one six in a 92-ball innings and his second-wicket partnership with captain Kumar Sangakkara reaped 158 runs on a slow, even-bounce pitch.

Dilshan finally departed off the first ball of the 29th over, caught at the boundary by Albie Morkel off the bowling of right-arm speedster Dale Steyn on a warm Highveld afternoon.

It was the third ODI century for the 2009 ICC Cricketer of the Year and Test Player of the Year nominee, whose career-best 137 came against Pakistan in Lahore this year.

Wicketkeeper Sangakkara had departed two overs before Dilshan, caught and bowled by JP Duminy for 54 when he played too early on the leg side and got a leading edge.

The exploits of Dilshan and Sangakkara followed the early, cheap departure of the grand old man of Sri Lankan cricket, 40-year-old Sanath Jayasuriya, for 10 when trapped leg before by Steyn.

Mahela Jayawardene and Thilan Samaraweera proved a further thorn in South African flesh, adding 116 runs off 106 runs for the fourth wicket before they departed from consecutive Wayne Parnell deliveries.


Sri Lanka

T.Dilshan c Morkel b Steyn 106

S.Jayasuriya lbw b Steyn 10

K.Sangakkara c and b Duminy 54

M.Jayawardene c Duminy b Parnell 77

T.Samaraweera c Van der Merwe b Parnell 37

A.Mathews b Steyn 15

T.Kandamby c Duminy b Parnell 6

N.Kulasekara run out 1

M.Muralitharan not out 0

Extras (lb5, w5, nb3) 13

Total (8 wkts, 50 overs) 319

Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Jayasuriya), 2-174 (Sangakkara), 3-181 (Dilshan), 4-297 (Jayawardene), 5-297 (Samaraweera), 6-314 (Kandamby), 7-317 (Kulasekara), 8-319 (Mathews)

Did not bat: Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis

Bowling: Steyn 9-2-47-3 (1w), Parnell 10-0-79-3 (1nb, 3w), Kallis 7-0-43-0, Morkel 4-0-39-0 (1nb), Botha 9-0-53-0 (1nb, 1w), Van der Merwe 10-0-42-0, Duminy 1-0-11-1

South Africa: Graeme Smith (capt), Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Mark Boucher (wk), Albie Morkel, Johan Botha, Roelof van der Merwe, Dale Steyn, Wayne Parnell

Toss: South Africa

Umpires: Simon Taufel (AUS) and Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Steve Davis (ENG)

Reserve umpire: Tony Hill (NZL)

Referee: Jeff Crowe (NZL)

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