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DD’s Jayawardene, Warner and MI’s Malinga also impress
By IPL Desk
Mumbai 06 March 2012
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Tillakaratne Dilshan came up with an all-round performance as Sri Lanka drew level with Australia in the CB series best-of-three finals. Opening the bowling for Sri Lanka, Dilshan finished with impressive figures of 10-0-40-1 and then struck a well-paced century (106 off 119 balls) as the visitors chased down the hosts’ score of 271 in 44.2 overs.
Earlier, Australia were powered to a competitive total of 271 thanks to centuries from Michael Clarke (117) and David Warner (100). Incidentally, Warner, who will turn out for Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2012, cracked his second consecutive century after a match-winning 163 in the first of the CB series finals on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians’ Lasith Malinga, winner of the IPL 2011 Purple Cap, did his best restrict the hosts’ score; the pacer finished with incisive figures of 10-1-40-3.
Sri Lanka took complete control of the chase as Dilshan and Delhi Daredevils’ Mahela Jayawardene struck a 179-run opening stand. Although Jayawardene, who was trapped lbw by Kolkata Knight Riders’ James Pattinson on 80, couldn’t go on to complete his century, Dilshan brought up his hundred off 110 deliveries. The Australians eventually dismissed Dilshan, but with Deccan Chargers’ Kumar Sangakkara (51*) hitting an unbeaten half-century, the Lankans cruised to an impressive eight-wicket win. Dilshan was named Man-of-the-Match for his all-round effort.
The final match of the CB series finals will be played on March 8 at Adelaide.
Brief scores: Sri Lanka 274/2 in 44.2 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 106, Mahela Jayawardene 80, Kumar Sangakkara 51*) beat Australia 271/6 in 50 overs (Michael Clarke 117, David Warner 100, Lasith Malinga 3/40) by eight wickets
Rahul Dravid led Team India in 25 Tests and 79 ODIs. He then captained the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the inaugural edition of the IPL, in 2008. The batting legend is now back at the helm, leading Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2012.
It’s been a while since Dravid’s assumed the role of leader, but the legend is unperturbed by the hiatus.
"Yes, I am leading a side for the first time after 2008, but that doesn't make a difference at all. I am mentally prepared and geared up for the challenge," Dravid said at the launch of the Royals’ new jersey for IPL 2012.
Dravid takes over the reins of the Royals from Shane Warne, who captained and mentored the side for four IPL seasons, also leading them to the crown in 2008. Dravid appreciates the work put in by the Australian legend in creating the team that he is now in charge of.
"Warnie has had a great influence. I've also learnt a lot in the little time I spent with him last season. I even had a chat with him while I was in Australia recently. There are a lot of things that he shared and I am hopeful that this bunch will come good," Dravid said.
Joining Dravid at the jersey launch was S Sreesanth, picked up by the franchise at the IPL Player Auction 2012. Commenting on what he expects from the talented but volatile Indian medium pacer, Dravid said, "Sree has been a world-class performer and is capable of taking wickets with the new ball. That is what counts in any form of the game. I expect him to take a lot of wickets for us and help us repeat our success in the first edition.”