Dilshan’s all-round show helps Sri Lanka down England

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Sri Lanka Legends Beat England legends by 6 wickets during the match between Sri Lanka Legends and England Legends for the URSWS 2021 ( Unacademy Road Safety World Series ) played at Shaheed Veer Singh international Cricket stadium in Raipur on 14th March, 2021. PMG photo by Suman Chattopadhyay/ Image Solution R

Raipur

Tillakratne Dilshan once again led from the front as his all-round show saw Sri Lanka Legends to an emphatic 6-wicket win over England Legends in the Road Safety World Series T20 at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium on Sunday.

The Sri Lankans restricted England to a meagre 78 for nine in 20 overs with Dilshan scalping four for six.

Following his match-winning spells against England, Dilshan produced a scintillating unbeaten half century to see Sri Lanka home.

The Lankans chased down the target in 7.3 overs overs with Dilshan contributing with the bat, too, scoring an entertaining 61 not out from 26 balls 11 boundaries and a six.

Russel Arnold hit the winning shot with a pull to seamer Chris Tremlett over the backward square leg for a boundary.

Earlier, Sri Lanka after winning the toss chose to field first.

Sri lanka legends Captain Tillakaratne Dilshan in action during the match between Sri Lanka Legends and England Legends for the URSWS 2021 ( Unacademy Road Safety World Series ) played at Shaheed Veer Singh international Cricket stadium in Raipur on 14th March, 2021. PMG photo by Suman Chattopadhyay/ Image Solution R

Interestingly, Dilshan’s scalps included top four English batsmen.

Openers Phil Mustard (0), Kevin Pietersesn (1), Usman Afzaal (1) and Owais Shah (6) were the victims of Dilshan’s willy off-spinners.

On top of that, three were bowled while Mustard was trapped leg before wicket as England were found reeling at 22 for 5 after Shah’s dismissal.

The in-form Pietersen was the most prized wicket for the offie. Pietersen, who has produced some master-class in the last few games, was castled when he went for an extravagant shot.

The English never got a partnership that was needed. However, a couple of cameos from Jim Troughton (18) and the beefy Chris Tremlett 22 (10b 3×6) were face saving for them.

With this win Sri Lanka, who is sharing 20 points with India, have now taken the top position in standings, thanks to a better net run rate.

Meanwhile, England has lost their fourth position to West Indies, for now.

Brief scores: Sri Lanka Legends 78/9 in 20 overs (Chris Tremlett 22; Tillakratne Dilshan 4/6, Rangana Herath 2/17) beat England Legends 81 for four in 7.3 overs (Tillakratne Dilshan 61*; Monty Panesar 4/26) by six wickets


Standings

Team        M     W     L        PT     NRR

SL-L            6       5       1       20     1.771

Ind-L         6       5       1       20     1.733

SA-L           5       3       2       12     -0.531

WI-L           5       2       3       8       -0.352

Eng-L         4       2       2       8       1.47

Aus-L         4       0       4       0       -0.35

Ban-L        4       0       4       0       -2.657

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