Dil­shan ex­its in­ter­na­tional stage in de­feat

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Colombo: Sri Lanka vet­eran bats­man Til­lakaratne Dil­shan’s in­ter­na­tional ca­reer ended with a loss on Sun­day, as Aus­tralia won the third ODI in Dam­bulla by two wick­ets, thus tak­ing a two-one se­ries lead.

It was Dil­shan’s fi­nal match for the Sri Lankans, and he scored a fi­nal knock of 42 as the hosts recorded 226 all out. The Aussies chased that down with 24 balls to spare, with Ge­orge Bai­ley’s half ton the key. This negated the cen­tury that Di­nesh Chandi­mal scored for his side, as no-one else re­ally helped him add runs to the board. Dil­shan’s 42 was by far the next best score, as no-one else reached 20.

The Aussies all shared in the spoils, wicket-wise, though spin­ner Adam Zampa was best of the lot as he took three for 38. Mitchell Starc bagged two clean bowled wick­ets, while James Faulkner and John Hast­ings took two each as well. The chase was rel­a­tively sim­ple thanks to Bai­ley’s 70, even though he fell with 20 runs to go. It would have been a dif­fer­ent story with­out him though, as open­ers David Warner and Aaron Finch both fell cheaply. An­gelo Mathews took two early wick­ets as the Aussies slumped to 44 for three, be­fore Bai­ley and Travis Head res­cued the knock. They took the score from 44 to 106 be­fore Head was re­moved for 36. Matthew Wade also did well with the bat, adding 42 runs to the tally af­ter some ques­tion­able ef­forts be­hind the stumps when he was keep­ing wicket ear­lier. Dil­shan re­tires with 330 ODIs to his name, fea­tur­ing 22 cen­turies and 47 half tons in that for­mat alone. He also played 78 T20s, with one tone and 13 fifties to his name. Sport24

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