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Brilliant Dilshan stuns Australia
VB Series finals, game one, Adelaide: Sri Lanka 274-8 bt Australia 252 by 22 runs

Tillakaratne Dilshan celebrates running out Ricky Ponting
Dilshan was simply magnificent in the field
Tillakaratne Dilshan ran out four batsmen as Sri Lanka beat Australia by 22 runs in the first VB Series final.

Kumar Sangakkara (83) and captain Marvan Atapattu (53) guided the tourists to 274-8 in Adelaide.

Dilshan then ran out Ricky Ponting, Damien Martyn, Simon Katich (56) and Mike Hussey, and caught James Hopes.

Despite Michael Clarke's battling 80, the hosts were all out for 252 in the final over to suffer their first finals defeat in the tournament since 1998.

After cruising through the group stage, they need to win in Sydney on Sunday to avoid losing the series finale for the first time since the West Indies prevailed in 1993.

On a slow wicket taking plenty of turn, the Aussies were out-thought by a Sri Lanka side which patiently built a challenging total after Atapattu had won the toss.

Everyone thought it was a two-horse race - the third horse has just won
Marvan Atapattu

With boundaries at a premium, the captain put on 44 with Sanath Jayasuriya, who fell to a tumbling catch by Brad Hogg off Stuart Clark, and 65 with Sangakkara until Hogg bowled him down the leg-side

When Mahela Jayawardene was caught and bowled by Clark for 11, the tourists appeared to have lost their impetus but Sangakkara and Russel Arnold played intelligently to take the total up to 200.

Andrew Symonds took the first of his four catches to remove Arnold (24) before a brilliant effort off his own bowling accounted for Sangakkara.

Symonds then caught Chamara Kapugedera, who hit three big sixes in his 38 off 21 balls, at mid-wicket off a Bracken full-toss and Muttiah Muralitharan at mid-off for a golden duck.

Kumar Sangakkara
Sangakkara helped lay the platform for Sri Lanka's total

But if the all-rounder's fielding was impressive, it was soon surpassed by the brilliance of Dilshan.

Ponting perished following a horrible mix-up with Katich, while Martyn watched helplessly as the fielder threw down the stumps from point.

Dilshan struck again when Katich turned Malinga Bandara to mid-wicket and was caught stranded and - with everyone distracted by Muttiah Muralitharan's appeal for lbw against Clarke - Hussey was also caught short.

Hogg fell trying to sweep Malinga Bandara to leave Australia on 166-8 and although Brett Lee and Nathan Bracken hung around with Clarke, they never recovered.

Fittingly, Jayasuriya ran out Bracken to complete a remarkable display of fielding and add spice to a series that was expected to be a stroll for the world champions.




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