Thursday, March 10, 2011

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga made an opening stand record of 282 runs

With 139-run victory against Zimbabwe, Sri Lankan cricket team has not only secured their place in the knockout stage but also made a record in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2011.

In the opening stand, Sri Lankan openers- Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga, scored 282 runs and made a new opening stand record in the limited format of cricket game. Tillakaratne Dilshan played an aggressive innings of 144 off 131, including 16 fours and 1 six while Upul Tharanga gave him support scoring 133 runs from 141 balls with 17 boundaries. Thanks to their contribution Sri Lanka could score 327 for 6. It was the first time in the history of World Cup cricket that both openers scored a century.

The previous highest opening stand World Cup record was hold by Pakistan. Pakistan’s Saeed Anwar and Wajahatullah Wasti shared a record opening stand of 194 runs in 1999 ICC World Cup. Their record came against New Zealand.

With 7 points from 5 matches, Sri Lanka is leading the Group A point table. They won 3 matches and lost 1 while their match against Australia ended without any result due to bad weather.

Since winning their first World Cup trophy in 1996, Sri Lanka is looking for the second World Cup title in 2011. If they can finish as the Group winner then they will face the fourth-ranked team from the other pool in the second round.

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