Skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan’s unbeaten century saw hosts Sri Lanka score an easy victory over Australia in the 1st T20I at Pallekele. Australia were infact no match to the Lankans both with the ball and the bat.
Australia’s Skipper Cameron White decided to field first considering the poor weather conditions with a passing shower coming down just ahead of the match. Sri Lanka piled up 198 for 3 as the Australian bowlers slipped in quite a few full tosses and their short pitch deliveries were sitting up to be smashed on a slow pitch. Opener Dilshan carried his bat right through the innings to score a maiden T20I century. Dilshan’s 104* came in 57 balls with 12 fours and 5 sixes. For the Aussies, young left arm spinner Steve O’Keefe showed some promise giving away only 18 in his three overs.
The Aussies never got going in their run chase and they were out of the game with debutant off spinner Dilruwan Perera picking up three wickets. Towards the end, Australia came up with 163 for 8 to lose the match by 35 runs. Steve O’Keefe was impressive with the bat as well scoring an unbeaten 22 from 12 balls with 3 fours and a six while Mitchell Johnson got 22* from 16 balls with a four and a six. Earlier, opener David Warner was the only batsman to stay for sometime in the middle getting 53 from 31 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes.
Dilshan was the Man of the Match for setting up the easy win for his side.