All-round Tillakaratne Dilshan secured a memorable 6-wicket victory for Sri Lanka Legends on Sunday night as they thrashed England Legends in their last league stage match of the Road Safety World Series 2020/21. With this big victory, Sri Lanka Legends have secured the top spot on the tournament points table.
After Sri Lanka Legends captain Tillakaratne Dilshan chose to field first, they restricted England Legends to just 78/9 (20 overs). Later, Dilshan aggressively finished that chase in just 7.3 overs while they lost four wickets in that innings.
Road Safety World Series 2020/21, Match 14: England Legends vs Sri Lanka Legends
2nd innings (Sri Lanka Legends): Tillakaratne Dilshan scored firing 61 not out while others failed to reach the double-digit scores
Just like the first innings, Sri Lanka Legends captain Tillakaratne Dilshan once again provided the firing start in this little chase. Though Monty Panesar was taking wickets in the other end as he dismissed Kaushalya Weeraratne (1), Upul Tharanga (6), Chamara Silva (8) and Chinthaka Jayasinghe (0), Dilshan was totally unstoppable. Panesar had bowling figures of 4-0-264
Dilshan scored 61 not out off just 26 balls with the help of 11 fours and only six as Sri Lanka Legends won that match by six wickets with 75 balls remaining.
1st innings (England Legends): Tillakaratne Dilshan had the record bowling figures of 4-1-6-4; 7 batsmen were bowled
Sri Lanka Legends captain Tillakaratne Dilshan provided the furious start for his team by taking the wickets of openers Phil Mustard (0) and skipper Kevin Pietersen (1) and the next batsman Usman Afzaal (1) as England Legends were struggling on 3/3 in 2.5 overs.
In the seventh over, England Legends were in more trouble with 8/4 as Kaushalya Weeraratne took the wicket of Darren Maddy (2). In the 10th over, Dilshan took another wicket of Owais Shah (6) as three out of his four victims were bowled while Phil Mustard lost his wicket through lbw. Dilshan finished that innings with incredible bowling figures of 4-1-6-4, which is also the best bowling figures in this tournament history.
The same story continued in that complete innings as only Chris Tremlett (22) and Jim Troughton (18) managed to score double-digit scores in that innings. England Legends batsmen were totally clueless in the entire innings as their seven batsmen were bowled in that innings.
Rangana Herath was the other Sri Lanka Legends bowler who got more than one wicket as his bowling figures were 4-1-17-2. Apart from Dilshan, only Herath was the other bowler in that innings who completed a 4-over quota.
Brief Scores: England Legends – 78/9 in 20 overs (Chris Tremlett 22, Jim Troughton 18; Tillakaratne Dilshan 4/6)
Sri Lanka Legends – 81/4 in 7.3 overs (Tillakaratne Dilshan 61*, Chamara Silva 8; Monty Panesar 4/26)
Result – Sri Lanka Legends won by 6 wickets