On the back of an excellent hundred from Tillakaratne Dilshan, Sri Lanka Legends registered a thumping victory over Australia Legends in their first match of the Road Safety World Series 2022played at Green Park, Kanpur on Sunday (11).
After electing to bat, Sri Lanka Legends openers Tillakaratne Dilshan and Dilshan Munaweera started cautiously, but once they got their eye in, none of the Australia bowlers were able to stop them.
Both Dilshan and Munaweera took on the Australian bowling line-up and reached the 100-run mark in the first ten overs. The onslaught did not stop as Dilshan completed his hundred before getting out in the 19th over of the match. The right-handed batter stroked 107 runs in just 56 balls and smoked 14 fours and four sixes before being scalped by veteran pacer Brett Lee.
Dilshan was then replaced by another senior batter Upul Tharanga, but his partner Munaweera was playing a great knock at the other end, and Tharanga ensured he got most of the strike in the last seven deliveries. Sri Lanka Legends crossed the 200-run mark handsomely in the end with Munaweera remaining unbeaten on 95 runs as he smashed 10 fours and two sixes in 63 deliveries.
Chasing a total of 219 runs, Australia Legends gave a solid reply to their opponents as openers Cameron White and skipper Shane Watson took on the Sri Lankan bowling line-up. The Australian opening duo stitched a fifty-run partnership, but Chaturanga de Silva broke the partnership when he got the big wicket of Watson.
The batting side then faced two more quick jolts as team Sri Lanka took control of the match. Batters Callum Ferguson and Ben Dunk tried to revive the team’s innings, but it was too much to ask from them as they also fell in quick succession. Nathan Reardon also played well for his team, but could not ensure a victory for his team as Sri Lanka Legends won their first match of the competition by 38 runs.
Sri Lanka Legends: 218-1 (20) (Tillakaratne Dilshan 107, Dilshan Munaweera 95*, Brett Lee 1-45)
Australia Legends: 180 all out (18) (Nathan Reardon 46, Shane Watson 39, Nuwan Kulasekara 4-36, Chaturanga de Silva 2-32, Jeevan Mendis 2-14)