Tharanga ton boosts Sri Lanka

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Hambantota, Sri Lanka – Upul Tharanga smashed a century to help Sri Lanka post a challenging 286-9 against Australia in the third one-day international on Tuesday.
The left-handed opener made 111 for his 12th one-day hundred in the must-win match for Sri Lanka, who are trailing 2-0 in the five-match series. He also completed 4,000 runs during his 139-ball knock, which contained 12 fours.
Sri Lanka were strongly placed at 220-1 after 38 overs but paceman Doug Bollinger (4-42) bagged three wickets in two overs, including those of Tharanga and Kumar Sangakkara (49).
The hosts made their best start in the series when Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan (55) put on 139 in the day-night match, watched by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse and his Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Nasheed.
Mahela Jayawardene was the other main scorer with a 33-ball 36.
The Australian bowlers, who set up their team's comfortable victories in the first two games, initially struggled for wickets as they had to wait for more than 25 overs for the first success.
Bollinger provided the breakthrough when he had Dilshan caught pulling by Michael Hussey before Tharanga and Sangakkara added 81
in 13 overs for the second wicket.
Sangakkara hit a 37-ball 49 before being trapped leg-before by Bollinger, who got his second wicket in the same over when he had Dinesh Chandimal caught by skipper Michael Clarke in the slips.
Bollinger struck again when he had Tharanga caught behind in his next over.
Sri Lanka made two changes from the side that lost the last match on Sunday, bringing in debutant seamer Shaminda Eranga and batsman Chamara Silva in place of injured all-rounder Angelo Mathews and spinner Rangana Herath.
Australia retained the same side.

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