Dilshan's ton draws Sri Lanka level

Opener hits his 19th ODI century as the tourists beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second match of the series.

    Dilshan's innings comprised 17 fours [Getty Images]
    Dilshan's innings comprised 17 fours [Getty Images]

    Tillikaratane Dilshan eased to his 19th ODI century to anchor his side to a six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the second game of their seven-match series in Hamilton.

    Dilshan scored 116 from 127 balls in Sri Lanka's 252-4 as the visitors levelled the series at 1-1 after New Zealand won the first game at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Sunday.

    Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews was 39 not out with Lahiru Thirimanne on two as the visitors chased down New Zealand's 248 all out in 47.4 overs.

    "Pretty pleased with that performance," Mathews said. "They got off a brilliant start with Brendon McCullum's batting but our spinners really pulled them back by taking wickets. (Dilshan) got off to a start and once he got set he batted through, which is what we want from our first four batters."

    Dilshan was the key for the visitors, combining with fellow opener Dimuth Karunaratne (21) in a 64-run opening stand before enjoying solid partnerships with Kumar Sangakkara (38), Mahela Jayawardene (27) and Mathews that kept the scoreboard ticking over at almost a run a ball.

    New Zealand captain McCullum had earlier blasted 12 boundaries and five sixes to score 117, his fifth ODI century for his side, the only other bright spot in a otherwise poor performance from the hosts.

    McCullum took the hosts to 158-2 in the 31st over, then New Zealand lost five wickets, four of them to run outs, for 49 runs and the captain said that had been crucial.

    Scorecard:

    New Zealand 248 all out in 50 overs (B McCullum 117, Herath 2-36)

    Sri Lanka 252-4 in 47.4 overs (Dilshan 116, Henry 2-34)

    SOURCE: Reuters


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    'We will cut your throats': The anatomy of Greece's lynch mobs

    The brutality of Greece's racist lynch mobs

    With anti-migrant violence hitting a fever pitch, victims ask why Greek authorities have carried out so few arrests.

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    The rise of Pakistan's 'burger' generation

    How a homegrown burger joint pioneered a food revolution and decades later gave a young, politicised class its identity.

    From Cameroon to US-Mexico border: 'We saw corpses along the way'

    'We saw corpses along the way'

    Kombo Yannick is one of the many African asylum seekers braving the longer Latin America route to the US.