Dilshan powers Sri Lanka to victory
Dilshan heroics seal series as Sri Lanka crush Bangladesh by 465 runs.
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2009 12:16 GMT

Sri Lankan cricketers celebrate the dismissal of Bangladeshi captain Mohammad Ashraful [AFP]

Sri Lanka crushed Bangladesh by 465 runs in the second Test, recording the fifth highest run margin to sweep the series 2-0 thanks to a memorable performance by Tillekeratne Dilshan.

Dilshan, named man of the match and man of the series, emerged the unlikely bowling hero to rout Bangladesh for 158 after tea on the fourth day after helping his team set an improbable victory target of 624.

The 32-year-old followed his first innings 162 with 143 to become the fourth Sri Lankan to score a century in both innings of a Test as the visitors declared on 447 for six at lunch.

Big win

Dilshan then grabbed four for 10 as Sri Lanka wrapped up their biggest victory in terms of runs, surpassing the 315-run margin against Zimbabwe at Galle in January 2002.

It was also Bangladesh's heaviest defeat, having lost by 329 runs to England at the same venue in October 2003.

Top scorer Shakib Al Hasan (46) was stumped by Prasanna Jayawardene to give Dilshan his first wicket and the spinner went on to mop up the tail.

Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates his 143 [AFP]
Run out

The innings ended when Mushfiqur Rahim (43) was run out 20 minutes before the scheduled close.

Leg-spinner Ajantha Mendis, who missed the 107-run first-Test win in Dhaka due to injury, picked up three for 57.

Earlier, Dilshan emulated compatriots Duleep Mendis, Asanka Gurusinha and Aravinda de Silva by hitting two centuries in the same Test.

Resuming on 296 for four, Sri Lanka lost their first wicket of the day when Thilan Samaraweera fell for 77.

His dismissal ended a 145-run stand for the fifth wicket but Chamara Kapugedera (59 not out) then put on 86 for the sixth wicket before Dilshan was bowled by left-arm spinner Enamel Haque jnr.

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