Dilshan Happy To Have Contributed With Century

Dilshan Happy To Have Contributed With Century
Dilshan Happy To Have Contributed With Century
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Tillakaratne Dilshan marked the occasion of his 50th Test with a dashing century that helped Sri Lanka into a strong position against Bangladesh in Chittagong and the all-rounder was delighted with his performance.

"It was an opportunity for someone to put a hand up and I am happy to have contributed," he said after the day's play, which closed with Sri Lanka on 371 for six having earlier been 39 for three and 75 for four.

Dilshan contributed 162 from 165 balls and made the most of a drop by Imrul Kayes when he was on 78.

"That's part of the game," he said of the missed chance. "It gives you an opportunity to capitalize and if you get a let off you should then try and make a big score."

Bangladesh spinner Enamul Haque played his first match for a year and admitted that there had been some nerves on his return to the side.

"It has been almost a year since I last bowled at home," the left-armer said. "I have to admit that there was a tinge of nerves initially and didn't give the ball flight often enough. I'm confident that things will be okay tomorrow.

"Today was one of those days and there are days when we take difficult catches and miss easy ones. I am sure that if you give Imrul 10 such catches he'd take each and every one of those. The misses today were just accidents."

Dilshan believes that Sri Lanka's spinners, Muttiah Muralitharan and Ajantha Mendis, will enjoy bowling on the Chittagong pitch.

"I think it will turn for those two," he predicted. "The bounce could be a bit uneven later on and they (Bangladesh batsmen) haven't played Ajanta (Mendis) much. So I hope both bowlers will do well here."

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