Sri Lanka Openers Set New World Cup Partnership Record 282-run

Sri Lanka Openers Set New World Cup Partnership Record 282-run | Dilshan And Tharanga record partnership 282-run

Sri Lanka Openers Set New World Cup Partnership Record 282-run: Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga both scored centuries in compiling a 282-run stand for the opening wicket as Sri Lanka piled on 327 for six against Zimbabwe in their Cricket World Cup game in Pallekele.

Dilshan And Tharanga record partnership 282-run. Sri Lanka”s Upul Tharanga and Tillakaratne Dilshan set a new record for a first wicket partnership at the World Cup here at the Pallekele International Stadium on Thursday.

The duo sailed past the previous best of 194 made by Pakistan”s Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti against New Zealand in Manchester in the World Cup 1999.

They started at top speed, taking 84 of the first 11 overs by playing a shot a minute, and then shifted to a lower gear, bleeding Zimbabwe steadily and so easily through the middle overs. There were regular bursts of acceleration later in the innings and a concerted push during the final ten overs. At no stage were they bothered and rarely has a bowling performance looked so toothless – Chris Mpofu’s shout after striking Tharanga’s pad with the first ball of the game was the only appeal against the openers. Tired shots, rather than incisive bowling, brought about the dismissals of Tharanga and then Dilshan, and more middle-order wickets fell as batsmen came, swung and pushed the total beyond 300.

Dilshan hit 144 and Tharanga 133 as the pair hit the second-highest World Cup opening partnership of all time before Zimbabwe lost six wickets for 45 in the final 5.2 overs.

Sri Lanka Openers Set New World Cup Partnership Record 282-run

Dilshan was the more belligerent of the pair, hitting 16 fours and one six in his 131-ball innings, accelerating quickly which allowed Tharanga to play a more natural, fluent game, in the end hitting 17 fours in 141 deliveries.

Tharanga threaded the fourth ball through point with a square drive and Sri Lanka were away. For the first time in the tournament Chigumbura did not use Ray Price with the brand new ball and gave the second over to Tinashe Panyangara. It was a costly decision as Dilshan ran amok, driving the full balls, and cutting and pulling the short ones to take 18 runs off the over.

There was no let-up in Sri Lanka’s pace during the mandatory Powerplay, off which they scored 77. Dilshan and Tharanga slashed through point, pulled through square and then drove when the length was too full, punishing everyone who bowled at them. When Price was brought on in the fifth over, Dilshan skipped down and drove him inside out through cover.

Not until the 12th and 13th over was there spin from both ends and then Price bowled the innings’ first maiden. The run-rate slowed as Dilshan approached his half-century, getting there off 43 balls, and Sri Lanka got to 100 off 16.3 overs. The spin trio of Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer began to exercise more control over the run-rate, which dipped below six for the first time in the 19th, but they failed to take a wicket. Tharanga, who got to his fifty off 67 balls, and Dilshan shifted to a lower gear and focused on accumulation.

Zimbabwe’s spinners had conceded only 76 runs off 17 overs when Chigumbura gave pace another run by bringing himself on. Dilshan slapped a wide offering through cover to move to 99 and then reached his century off 95 balls, his first in World Cups. Panyangara returned and Tharanga immediately lofted over mid-off and pulled past fine leg. Sri Lanka had accelerated and taken 30 off overs 31-33.

Dilshan And Tharanga record partnership 282-run in ICC cricket world cup 2011.Tharanga and Dilshan broke Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti’s World Cup record of 184 for the first wicket and then became the first openers to score hundreds in the same World Cup innings. They reached 200 in 33.4 overs. During the batting Powerplay, taken in the 41st over, Tharanga’s inside-out play through cover was exquisite.

With the highest opening partnership in ODIs – 286 between Sanath Jayasuriya and Tharanga at Headingley 2006 – within striking distance, Tharanga holed out to deep cover, bringing Zimbabwe some relief. Dilshan followed in the next over, leaving the finishing touches to his well-rested team-mates.

Sri Lanka were put into bat by Zimbabwe in a game where victory for the co-hosts will guarantee a quarter-final place.

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