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Tillakaratne Dilshan Century Levels Series

Tillakaratne Dilshan
Tillakaratne Dilshan's century laid the platform for Sri Lanka's win in Hamilton
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Sri Lanka 252-4 (Dilshan 116, Mathews 39no) beat
New Zealand 248 (B McCullum 117) by six wickets
Second One-Day International, Hamilton

Tillakaratne Dilshan scored his 19th One-Day International century as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by six wickets to level their seven-match series 1-1 at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

Brendon McCullum had hit 117 before New Zealand were bowled out for 248 batting first and Dilshan's innings set Sri Lanka on course for victory.

He hit 17 fours in his 127-ball knock and Sri Lanka got home in the 48th over with captain Angelo Mathews unbeaten on 39.

McCullum cracked 12 fours and five sixes in 99 balls for New Zealand but lacked support and four of their batsmen were run out.

Ross Taylor made 34 and Matt Henry was unbeaten on 20 as shambolic running between the wickets left Daniel Vettori (7), Corey Anderson (5), Luke Ronchi (0) and Nathan McCullum (13) stranded.

Nuwan Kulasekara (1-40), Sachithra Senanayake (2-55), Rangana Herath (2-36) and Jeevan Mendis (1-47) chipped in with wickets.

Dilshan then added 64 for the first wicket with Dimuth Karunaratne (21), 52 with Kumar Sangakkara (38) for the second, 47 with Mahela Jayawardene (27) for the third and finally 74 with Mathews for the fourth to anchor Sri Lanka's run chase.

He fell with the score on 237, leaving Mathews, who hit five fours and a six, and Lahiru Thrimanne (2 not out) to complete the job.

New Zealand won the opening match in Christchurch by three wickets and the third game is in Auckland on Saturday (17th January).

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