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

  • 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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  • Fahd 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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!!!!

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

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

  • Baundule 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.

  • Dummy4 on March 7, 2012, 14:14 GMT more match

  • Gavin 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.....

  • Guy 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!

  • John 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?

  • Anto 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!

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