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Tilakaratne Dilshan put up an emphatic display with the bat getting to his 19th ODI century in 116 balls © Getty Images

Jan 15, 2015

Tilakaratne Dilshan, in an emphatic display with the bat brought up his hundred in 116 balls. He anchored the Sri Lankan innings all the way through and is truly deserving of all the cheer and applause. Sri Lanka have reached  220 runs and are in shooting range of victory. New Zealand‘s chances are close to zero now.

Earlier Sri Lanka restricted New Zealand to 248 despite Brendon McCullum’s 117 of 99 balls. Rangana Herath was the most effective of the Sri Lankan bowlers conceding just 36 runs and picking two wickets in his 10 overs. The running between the wickets was a major problem for New Zealand as their innings saw four run-outs, considerably impeding their momentum.

Brief scores: New Zealand 248 (Brendon McCullum 117, Ross Taylor 35; Rangana Herath 2 for 36, Sachitra Senanayake 2 for 55) vs Sri Lanka 220/3 (Tilakaratne Dilshan 103*, Kumar Sangakkara 38; Matt Henry 26 for 1)