Sri Lanka maul Australia by 35 runs in first T20

Australia T20 skipper Cameron White sweeps during the opening T20 match against Sri Lanka Getty Images

Pallekele: Aug 6, 2011

Sri Lanka registered a comprehensive win over Australia in the opening T20 match against Australia on Saturday. Chasing 199, the visitors finished on 163 for three falling short by 35 runs.

Australia were never in the hunt, losing wickets at regular intervals. David Warner top scored with 53 while Dilruwan Perera was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka with figures of three for 26.

Earlier, Tillakaratne Dilshan hit a maiden Twenty20 century to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 198-3.

The Sri Lankan captain scored a 57-ball 104 not out, smashing five sixes and 12 fours in a superb display of hard and clean hitting in the day-night match at the Pallekele International Stadium.

Dilshan needed 16 runs to complete his hundred in the last over bowled by paceman Mitchell Johnson, but struck two sixes and as many fours. His second fifty came off just 16 deliveries.

The Sri Lankan captain and Jeevan Mendis (29 not out off 19 balls) plundered 104 runs in the last 7.3 overs to help their team set a stiff target.

Dilshan, who also added 52 for the third wicket with Kumar Sangakkara (30), went for big shots after 15 overs, hitting four boundaries in an over from seamer John Hastings and then two sixes and as many fours off Shane Watson.

Sangakkara was batting confidently before driving Watson straight to skipper Cameron White at mid-wicket. He hit four boundaries in his 22-ball knock.

Fast bowlers Brett Lee, Johnson and Watson each took one wicket.

The second and final Twenty20 game will be played at the same venue on Monday.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 198 for 3 in 20 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 104*, Kumar Sangakkara 30; Brett Lee 1 for 38) bt Australia 163 for 8 (David Warner 53, Mitchell Johnson 22*; Dilruwan Perera 3 for 26, Nuwan Kulasekara 2 for 39) by 35 runs.

AFP