Tillakaratne Dilshan scored a maiden Twenty20 century to set up Sri Lanka’s 35-run victory over Australia in the opening match on Saturday.
Dilshan smashed an unbeaten 104 from 57 balls, which included 12 fours and 5 sixes, as Sri Lanka posted an impressive 198 for three after being asked to bat by Australia skipper Cameron White.
In reply Australia were restricted to 163-8, with opener David Warner top-scoring with a 31-ball 53 with the help of two sixes and six fours.
Dilshan was particularly rampant, racing from 50 to 100 in just 16 balls as he scored the third fastest century in international T20 history.
One Watson over had him clobbering the all-rounder for 21 runs while Johnson’s final over of the innings went for 20 as the right-hander used his full array of shots and slammed five sixes and 12 boundaries in his outstanding knock.
The Sri Lanka captain was clearly delighted to have notched his maiden T20 ton and move one-up in the two-match series.
“I’m really happy with my innings today,” Dilshan said after the game,” said Dilshan, who was named man of the match for his brilliant knock.
“I played a little bit slow in the start but after that first six or seven overs I tried to capitalise from there.
“Got runs with the bat … and overall I’m really happy for our performance today.”
“Perera did a great job. Mendis came and took a few risks and when runs are coming from both ends, it is very difficult for the bowling side.”
Cameron White said players hadn’t matched the standard set by their opponents and it wasn’t just a case of being undone by Dilshan’s brilliant knock.
“We clearly didn’t play as we would have hoped,” White said.
“Full credit to Sri Lanka and Dilshan, he played a wonderful innings, anyone that scores a hundred off 57 balls – it’s going to be hard work to win the game from there.
“There was some disappointing aspects from our point of view in the game as well.”
White won the toss and invited Sri Lanka to bat first, a decision he later came to regret.
“I wish I could have that toss back but that’s the way it goes,” he said.
The second of the two T20s will take place on August 8 at the same venue.