Monday 14 June 2010 

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Tillakaratne Dilshan

Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Tillakaratne Dilshan
Cricket World® Player Of The Week - Tillakaratne Dilshan
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Sri Lankan all-rounder Tillakaratne Dilshan has been named as the Cricket World® Player Of The Week after he led his side to victory in the One-Day International tri-series in Zimbabwe.

Standing in as captain after Sri Lanka rested a number of key players, he scored 71 and then an unbeaten 108 in two matches against hosts Zimbabwe to ensure that their build-up to the Asia Cup was a winning one.

Dilshan top scored for Sri Lanka with 78 in the , and although the match was a dead rubber, he was not holding back, hitting his runs in 66 balls with nine fours and two sixes, sharing an opening stand of 122 with Upul Tharanga. Sri Lanka would go on to lose the game but Dilshan saved his best performance for the final two days later.

Having been set 200 to win, he led the way with an unbeaten 108 in 102 balls, which contained 14 fours and he helped his side take a , also hitting the winning runs over fine leg.

After a stunning 2009, Dilshan had struggled for form in the early part of the year but now appears to be back to something approaching his best.

Other contenders for the weekly award included his team-mate Tharanga, South Africans Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel, West Indian spinner Sulieman Benn and Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor.

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