x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Centurion Dilshan happy to lose toss but win game

Sri Lanka beat Australia by 35 runs in the first Twenty20 international at Pallakele Stadium.

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his maiden Twenty20 international century to lead Sri Lanka to an emphatic 35-run win over Australia at the Pallakele Stadium on on Sunday.

Dilshan, the opening batsman and captain, struck 12 fours and five sixes as he raced to 104 not out off 57 balls. He shared an unbeaten partnership of 104 off 45 balls for the fourth wicket with Jeevan Mendis (29).

"Jeevan batted brilliantly and took most of the pressure off me which enabled me to go for my shots," said Dilshan. "When runs were coming off both ends it was very difficult for the bowling side. I started off a bit slowly and then played the big shots later. It was a good toss to lose.

"Overall, it was a very satisfying performance from the team. I am happy the way we are playing."

Sri Lanka reached 198 for three and then restricted Australia to 163 for eight with David Warner making 53 off 31 balls.

Cameron White, the Australia captain, said: "We were in the game for 12 to 14 overs but Dilshan took the game away from us."