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Dilshan, captain Jayawardene push Sri Lanka to 221 against Australia

Dilshan, captain Jayawardene push Sri Lanka to 221 against Australia

Tillekeratne Dilshan scored 61 and captain Mahela Jayawardene added 51 to save Sri Lanka from a poor start and enable it to post 221 in its tri-series limited-overs cricket match Friday against Australia.
Left-armer Nathan Bracken led the Australia bowlers with 4-29 from his 10 overs, including three maidens.
It was Sri Lanka's last match in the tri-series, having failed to qualify for the finals.
The Australian players formed a guard of honor as Sanath Jayasuriya and star spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan came out to bat for the last time in Australia. It was a big game for farewells _ Australians Adam Gilchrist and Brad Hogg are also playing at the MCG for the last time.
Sri Lanka's decision to bat backfired when it was reduced to 4-61 in the 20th over.
Jayawardene then combined with Dilshan for a partnership of 64 off 74 balls. They had taken the score to 125 in the 32nd over when Hogg trapped Jayawardene lbw.
Dilshan and Chamara Silva steadied the innings with their stand of 60, taking the Sri Lankans to 185 in the 45th. Their partnership was broken when Silva took off for a quick single and all-rounder James Hopes fielded brilliantly off his own bowling.
His underhand throw caught Dilshan short at the striker's end.
Silva was caught in the deep for 35 and Sri Lanka managed to bat out its 50 overs.
Australian opener Matthew Hayden was rested, only two days after being reprimanded by Cricket Australia for calling India spinner Harbhajan Singh an "obnoxious little weed."
Australia officials said the only reason for Hayden's omission was to freshen him up ahead of the finals series.
Australia plays India on Sunday in Sydney to open the best-of-three finals series.