An amazing innings by Mahela Jayawardene and a quite out of character supporting role played by Tillakratne Dilshan helped Sri Lanka post a huge total of 189 against England in their third league match in the ICC World T20 2014.
Mahela’s innings started to dramatically as he was caught quite cleanly of the first delivery he faced in his innings by Michael Lumb at covers, but the umpire’s declared him not out after a couple of TV reviews that were hard to explain. He was later dropped by jade Dernbach at mid on. From then onwards though, it was Mahela at his fluent best. He played all the shots that he is well known for and then some more. Dilshan on the other hand, as we have seen throughout this tournament struggled to get going at the start, but once he got his eye in, he played a good supporting role to the rampaging Jayawardene.
England started on a very good note, as they picked up in form Kushal Perera on the second ball of the second over and then had Mahela caught of the very next ball, only for the umpires to rule him not out on replays. The English would be cursing Steve Davis as his decision and then the drop catch proved to be the incentive that an out of form Jayawardene needed to get going.
The match is by no sorts over, as the dew is quite heavy and the pitch also looks good to bat on. If the English batsmen could apply themselves well and bat responsibly, this could prove to be another cracker of a game.
Sri Lanka: 189/4 (Mahela Jayawardene: 89, t. Dilshan 55. C Jordan: 2/28, J Dernbach: 2/42)