Australia v Sri Lanka, CB series second final, Adelaide March 6, 2012

Dilshan's rare all-round feat

Madhusudhan Ramakrishnan
Stats highlights from Sri Lanka's comprehensive win in the second final in Adelaide
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  • The 179-run opening stand between Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene is the second-highest for Sri Lanka against Australia after the 237-run partnership between Marvan Atapattu and Sanath Jayasuriya in Sydney in 2003. It is also the eighth-highest opening stand for Sri Lanka in the second innings in ODIs and the third-highest partnership in this tournament. The 179-run stand is also the highest ever for Sri Lanka in a tournament final surpassing the 160-run partnership between Dilshan and Upul Tharanga against Zimbabwe in 2010. In their 12 opening partnerships, Dilshan and Jayawardene have put on six fifty-plus stands including two centuries.
  • Dilshan also became only the second player after Neil Johnson (v Pakistan in 1998) to open both the batting and bowling, bowl ten overs and score a century. Dilshan went past David Warner's run tally to become the highest run-getter in the tri-series.
  • The target achieved is the second-highest for Sri Lanka in ODIs against Australia after the 281-run chase earlier in the tournament in Hobart. It is also the third-highest team score in a winning chase in Adelaide. The number of balls remaining after the win (34) is the highest ever for a team scoring over 270 in a chase to beat Australia.
  • Sri Lanka have now won four out of six matches against Australia in the tournament so far. This is only the fourth time since 1990 that the tri-series has required a third final to be played. On the three previous occasions, Australia went on to win the series 2-1 against South Africa (1994 and 1998) and Sri Lanka (2006).
  • Warner followed up his century in the first final in Brisbane with yet another hundred. He became the first batsman to score two centuries in the finals of the tri-series in Australia. However, Warner's century came off 140 balls and is the seventh slowest by an Australian batsman. It is also the slowest century by an Australian batsman since David Boon's effort against West Indies in 1992 (completed innings only).
  • The 184-run stand between Michael Clarke and Warner is the third-highest in the finals of the tri-series. The top three partnerships have all come for Australia in matches against Sri Lanka. However, it is the only 150-plus stand in a final to come in a defeat.
  • Clarke's century is his seventh in ODIs and first against Sri Lanka. His strike rate of 128.57 is the highest among his seven centuries. Clarke has had an excellent run of form against Sri Lanka scoring a century and five fifties in his last 11 innings at an average of 95.83.

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  • fadoofie on March 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    From an Indian fan: Sri Lanka deserve this trophy. I believe that they have played better against Australia throughout the series. Though I am disappointed that India did not make the finals, I will be pleased if the 3rd final is as exciting as the other Sri Lanka matches have been this series. Peace out.

  • on March 7, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    the term allrounder doesn't include wicket-keeping or fielding. Allrounder is strictly a word used to describe a player who doesn't have a specific speciality as a batsman or a bowler, Dilshan is not an allrounder, he's a batsman who has been a parttime wk and a parttime bowler, nothing more.

  • on March 7, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Dilshan is a good player.. but can't say that he is the best ever All-Rounder. It's not matter that he can play in all departments like bowling, fielding, batting & wicket keeping.. It's matter of about how often he does that and what's the level of consistency..what's the level of success in it????

    In that way, players like G.Sobbers, Kallis are the real All-Rounders and you can't simply compare with them... be realistic guys!!!!

  • popcorn on March 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is captasining the Tassie side on March 8. He should be here.

  • Baundele on March 7, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Dilshan started performing with the bat after getting rid of the captaincy pressure. Now guys, do not call him an all-rounder to put more pressure on him. He is an innovative and attractive batsman and that's all. His fielding is good. But his ability to bowl or keep wicket is below average to rate him as an all-rounder. Yunis Khan or Dhoni can bowl better than him.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Welldone...Dilshan...one more match

  • Jube on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    To all you guys who pointed out Dilshan's all round abilities - thank you - he truly is most likely the best all round cricketer ever - an opening bowler, batsman, wicketkeeper, fielder.... - would rate him above Sobers and Kallis at joint second and then followed by Botham, Imran, Kapil and Hadlee in that order...

    Sadly Dilshan has never got even half the recognition he deserves.....

  • Moppa on March 7, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Mfalme, nice touch with the wicketkeeping, but don't get too excited. Dilshan doesn't meet the standard criterion for an all-rounder in Tests, ODIs or T20s - that is, a batting average higher than his bowling average. If we're going to talk about "true" all-rounders, someone dust off some keeping gloves for Sir Garry and give him a go - I reckon he'd be serviceable! I'll take the guy with a Test batting average of 58 and a bowling average of 34 any day... or Kallis for that matter!

  • jmcilhinney on March 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    To those criticising Mfalme's comments, apparently you missed the fact that Dilshan has kept wicket too. How many times was it that Gary Sobers kept wicket?

  • WhiteRaven on March 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    When you kick in All-rounder category, first its Sir Gary sobers. second Lance Klucy! third Kallis, 4th Freddie 5th Yuvraj Singh 6th Sakib Al Hasan 7th Razzaq, 8th Symonds 9th Watto 10th Mathews. known for match winners and who has ability to change the course of the match!

  • fadoofie on March 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    From an Indian fan: Sri Lanka deserve this trophy. I believe that they have played better against Australia throughout the series. Though I am disappointed that India did not make the finals, I will be pleased if the 3rd final is as exciting as the other Sri Lanka matches have been this series. Peace out.

  • on March 7, 2012, 23:13 GMT

    the term allrounder doesn't include wicket-keeping or fielding. Allrounder is strictly a word used to describe a player who doesn't have a specific speciality as a batsman or a bowler, Dilshan is not an allrounder, he's a batsman who has been a parttime wk and a parttime bowler, nothing more.

  • on March 7, 2012, 21:29 GMT

    Dilshan is a good player.. but can't say that he is the best ever All-Rounder. It's not matter that he can play in all departments like bowling, fielding, batting & wicket keeping.. It's matter of about how often he does that and what's the level of consistency..what's the level of success in it????

    In that way, players like G.Sobbers, Kallis are the real All-Rounders and you can't simply compare with them... be realistic guys!!!!

  • popcorn on March 7, 2012, 19:19 GMT

    Ricky Ponting is captasining the Tassie side on March 8. He should be here.

  • Baundele on March 7, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    Dilshan started performing with the bat after getting rid of the captaincy pressure. Now guys, do not call him an all-rounder to put more pressure on him. He is an innovative and attractive batsman and that's all. His fielding is good. But his ability to bowl or keep wicket is below average to rate him as an all-rounder. Yunis Khan or Dhoni can bowl better than him.

  • on March 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Welldone...Dilshan...one more match

  • Jube on March 7, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    To all you guys who pointed out Dilshan's all round abilities - thank you - he truly is most likely the best all round cricketer ever - an opening bowler, batsman, wicketkeeper, fielder.... - would rate him above Sobers and Kallis at joint second and then followed by Botham, Imran, Kapil and Hadlee in that order...

    Sadly Dilshan has never got even half the recognition he deserves.....

  • Moppa on March 7, 2012, 12:25 GMT

    @Mfalme, nice touch with the wicketkeeping, but don't get too excited. Dilshan doesn't meet the standard criterion for an all-rounder in Tests, ODIs or T20s - that is, a batting average higher than his bowling average. If we're going to talk about "true" all-rounders, someone dust off some keeping gloves for Sir Garry and give him a go - I reckon he'd be serviceable! I'll take the guy with a Test batting average of 58 and a bowling average of 34 any day... or Kallis for that matter!

  • jmcilhinney on March 7, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    To those criticising Mfalme's comments, apparently you missed the fact that Dilshan has kept wicket too. How many times was it that Gary Sobers kept wicket?

  • WhiteRaven on March 7, 2012, 9:43 GMT

    When you kick in All-rounder category, first its Sir Gary sobers. second Lance Klucy! third Kallis, 4th Freddie 5th Yuvraj Singh 6th Sakib Al Hasan 7th Razzaq, 8th Symonds 9th Watto 10th Mathews. known for match winners and who has ability to change the course of the match!

  • srriaj317 on March 7, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @Mfalme: I believe you have not heard of Sir Gary Sobers? He could do everything on the field and was exceptional for his time. Any old-time test cricket fans reading you comment would tut-tut at Dilshan!

  • on March 7, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    @ ahamad usman .... dude read properly it says the second player ever to open the bowling and bowl ten overs and open the batting and score a century all in one match ........

  • AdilAmirAli on March 7, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    @Ahmad Usman Khan, Tillakaratne Dilshan became only the second player in ODI history to open both the bowling and batting, finish his quota of 10 overs, and then score a century too, While Mohammad Hafeez failed to bowl his quota of 10 overs and score a century in the same match.

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:59 GMT

    Again from an Indian. Srilanka has looked the form team in this tournament and if they win 2moro, it will be deserving. They have been dashing, courageous and highly motivated. This Australian team is really jittery and I have never come across an Aussie team similar to this in the past. Srilankans have the best chance to do something great in a trination series outside subcontinent. And this team is in form and completing this should not be very difficult. Indians only solace in this tournament would be that they had the measure of Srilankans (probable title winner). This CB series was very interesting, Aussies were all over Indians, Srilankans beating Aussies in most of the outings and Indians winning over Srilankans, quite ironical all the way. Best wishes for Lankans!!

  • ameen85 on March 7, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    Its really nice to c the way sl are playing.. We want the trophy guys come on lions.... LIONS ROAAAAAAAAAAAR>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Actually sirs, Mohammad Hafeez is the second player to open the both the bowling and batting in an ODI.... He did it in all three matches against Bangladesh in Bangladesh (December 2011)..... 1st Match: http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-pakistan-2011/engine/match/538069.html 2nd Match: http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-pakistan-2011/engine/match/538070.html 3rd Match: http://www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-v-pakistan-2011/engine/match/538071.html

  • on March 7, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Excellent turnaround by Sri Lanka after a dismal run in 2011. Its always great to see them back in the stride..... Go Sri Lanka.....

  • Fauzer on March 7, 2012, 6:03 GMT

    Absolutely awesome Mahela, Dilshan, Sanga and the rest. To think even the 2 matches SL did lose to Aussies were winnable.. hmmm.

    Go on then, hit the Aussies hard one more time.

  • rukii on March 7, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    @ sl cric dilshan is a great player but we cannot compare him with sanath bcz every time he made century sl won the match(as i remember sl lost one match against india but it was a very weak sl side).but sl lost few mathces when dishan made a century (two against india). however dilshan is great palyer

  • on March 7, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    All the Pakistanis are so cheering for SL from the beginning of this tournament. I hope they win and fulfill our wishes too!

  • sAiyAnstAr on March 7, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    Win, lose or draw the next match, the Sri Lankan's can hold their head's high. They have proved to not only themselves, but the rest of the world that they can play on any surface. To beat Australia 4/6 times in Australia is an excellent feat. I can only hope they continue their form into the Asian Cup, and when England come to tour.

    Sri Lankan cricket has a very bright future. Cmon Mahela, you have to remain captain until you retire. You are the greatest captain we have ever had. Even greater than Arjuna.

  • johnathonjosephs on March 7, 2012, 1:32 GMT

    Come on guys, India/Sri Lanka/Pakistan/Bangladesh who cares? We are all Asian. Bring the cup back to Asia

  • Mfalme on March 6, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @Tripod, absolutely agree with you. This is a point I keep emphasizing to my cricket loving friends. As far as I know Dilshan is the only ALL ROUNDER cricket has ever witnessed. He Bats.. Bats well; He Bowls .. Bowls reasonably well; He fields ... He fields very well; He Keeps ... Keeps wickets acceptably well. Can anybody name another cricketer, past or present who does all this if not better than Dilshan at least as good as him. Dilshan is the true ALL ROUNDER, I believe, cricket has ever seen. (I am not a fan of Dilshan; except his fielding)

  • on March 6, 2012, 18:39 GMT

    Congrat Srilankan cricketers. Take back with you the cb trophy. Happyy and glad Sri lanka is back in the winning ways. Best of luck for the 3rd final

  • on March 6, 2012, 17:57 GMT

    Srilanka are in good form. They justified their place in final...

  • Force01 on March 6, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    Even as an Indian whose team was knocked out by the Lankans, it is heartening to watch Sri Lanka put up such a spirited show. Kudos to Mahela and his team.

  • Dhushan on March 6, 2012, 15:16 GMT

    Dilshan I'm so glad that you're performing once again, with bat, ball & on the field. (Except the missed catch today. We're all human & prone to make mistakes.) I wish you all the best for the last final & hope that you guys can bring the trophy back home. Cheers!

  • bddhika_harindat on March 6, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    Great to see some superb all round performances by SL team after a rough time they had at the post world cup period. Mahela's captaincy has brought in a great spirit to the team and everyone is contributing very well understanding their roles. Having said that we should not forget there's one more final match they need to win if they're to succeed in this CB series to beat Aussies in Australia.

    Also, they should live upto to fielding standards if they're keep the momentum of the game as miss catches could cost them matches, so please do your basics rught to make sure that SL is on the winning track to overcome the loosing streak that we have had.

    Cheers!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:58 GMT

    Sri Lanka have now won four out of six matches against Australia in the tournament so far. This is only the fourth time since 1990 that the tri-series has required a third final to be played. On the three previous occasions, Australia went on to win the series 2-1 against South Africa (1994 and 1998) and Sri Lanka (2006).

    Yes but it was Australia that was trailing at the end of the 1st Final but this time around it's the visiting Sri Lanka team that has turned thing around after the first match, hopefully the Sri Lankans can make it 2-1 in favor of them

  • truthhh on March 6, 2012, 13:28 GMT

    hey congrts dil,you did it,you did it for your country&i hope you will do the same for next match, bring it home!!!!!

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Aussies have a long way to go...I think south africans are the best team around

  • Tripods on March 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Dilashan now has done everything a crickerter could do. He has opend the bowling as well as bowled in other stages of a match taking wickets, opend the batting as well as batted in other positions, kept wickets and captained his country. Wada cricketer. Wonder if anyone else has achieved a similar feat

  • nazim_ali on March 6, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Gud work Ramakrishnan :) And yes, da quality of batting in the finals has been very gud. and a 3rd great final will be icing on the cake.

  • SL_Cric on March 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Good time again for Sri Lanka , After Jayasuriya now we have Dilshan who is another match wining BATSMAN.

  • NALINWIJ on March 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I heard that the team winning the 2nd match always won the tri series in Australia. A win in the third match will be the only statistic that will matter to Sri LANKA. Well done lions!!

  • fareman on March 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Warner's test 100 in ODI....100 from 140, not enough in that pitch. That was the main resion not enough runs on the board.

  • lankavigi on March 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Good win. But SL still have a lot of work to do. Their fielding was really bad and could have been the difference of winniang and losing if SL had lost. Anyways hats-off to this team again. Before this tournament SL were considered the weakest in this tournament, but the end of it they are have played the best cricket. One more match to go, we've got to win that. It will be huge for SL cricket. So fingers crossed till thursday!!!

  • Perera32 on March 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from Sri Lanka and Dilshan to bring SL back into the contest. Can't really blame the fielding, as SL have played something like 4 games in 7 days so they must be really tired. Dilshan looks very different without his original batting helmet lol. CONGRATSSS Sri Lanka, All the best for the last match.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Hats off to the Seniors who had to take the lead today.... Dilshan is winner all the way. But in captaincy what matters is been a people man, motivating the team, being dynamic and tactics. In Mahela we have the best in the world.... and the youngsters are the best bunch in the world right now.

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Great win by the lions, good luck for the next match for both teams, but its going to be Sri lankans who will lift the cup...

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  • on March 6, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Great win by the lions, good luck for the next match for both teams, but its going to be Sri lankans who will lift the cup...

  • on March 6, 2012, 12:28 GMT

    Hats off to the Seniors who had to take the lead today.... Dilshan is winner all the way. But in captaincy what matters is been a people man, motivating the team, being dynamic and tactics. In Mahela we have the best in the world.... and the youngsters are the best bunch in the world right now.

  • Perera32 on March 6, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    Brilliant stuff from Sri Lanka and Dilshan to bring SL back into the contest. Can't really blame the fielding, as SL have played something like 4 games in 7 days so they must be really tired. Dilshan looks very different without his original batting helmet lol. CONGRATSSS Sri Lanka, All the best for the last match.

  • lankavigi on March 6, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    Good win. But SL still have a lot of work to do. Their fielding was really bad and could have been the difference of winniang and losing if SL had lost. Anyways hats-off to this team again. Before this tournament SL were considered the weakest in this tournament, but the end of it they are have played the best cricket. One more match to go, we've got to win that. It will be huge for SL cricket. So fingers crossed till thursday!!!

  • fareman on March 6, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Warner's test 100 in ODI....100 from 140, not enough in that pitch. That was the main resion not enough runs on the board.

  • NALINWIJ on March 6, 2012, 12:56 GMT

    I heard that the team winning the 2nd match always won the tri series in Australia. A win in the third match will be the only statistic that will matter to Sri LANKA. Well done lions!!

  • SL_Cric on March 6, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Good time again for Sri Lanka , After Jayasuriya now we have Dilshan who is another match wining BATSMAN.

  • nazim_ali on March 6, 2012, 13:06 GMT

    Gud work Ramakrishnan :) And yes, da quality of batting in the finals has been very gud. and a 3rd great final will be icing on the cake.

  • Tripods on March 6, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    Dilashan now has done everything a crickerter could do. He has opend the bowling as well as bowled in other stages of a match taking wickets, opend the batting as well as batted in other positions, kept wickets and captained his country. Wada cricketer. Wonder if anyone else has achieved a similar feat

  • on March 6, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Aussies have a long way to go...I think south africans are the best team around