Rival captains Chris Gayle and Kumar Sangakkara paid rich tributes to Sri Lanka’s prolific batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan,saying the right-hander’s sublime knock made all the difference in tonight’s second semifinal of the Twenty20 World Cup.
Dilshan’s unbeaten 96 off 57 balls to help Sri Lanka survive a mid-innings collapse and post 158 for five,a score that proved beyond West Indies.
“I’m running out of superlatives,” Sri Lanka captain Sangakkara gushed.
“He is a pioneer stroke-maker in this Twenty20 World Cup. The best thing for us has been that over the last one and half years,he has come to understand his role in the side and has become more responsible and mature. Finally,he has come to understand how good he is,” Sangakkara said.
His West Indian counterpart Gayle too had no qualms in admitting that Dilshan’s knock took the game away.
“We did not bowl badly but Dilshan took the game away with that magnificent innings. He was the only Sri Lankan among the runs. In this format,one man can change the match and he did it today,” Gayle said.
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