Dilshan lifts Sri Lanka in rain-hit one-dayer

Dambulla (Sri Lanka), Nov 16 (AFP) Tillakaratne Dilshan hit 53 as Sri Lanka scored 211-8 from 33 overs in the rain-interrupted third and final one-day international against New Zealand in Dambulla on Saturday.

The match, delayed by 90 minutes due to bad weather, had been earlier truncated to 43 overs-a-side before another wet spell reduced it further to 33 overs each.

Sri Lanka, who were 91-0 at one stage following Dilshan`s opening partnership with Mahela Jayawardene, slipped to 110-4 and then 146-6 against the steady Black Caps attack.

Nathan McCullum removed Jayawardene (46) and Kumar Sangakkara in three balls, before left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Dilshan and skipper Angelo Mathews off successive balls.

The ninth-wicket pair of Sachithra Senanayake and Rangana Herath boosted the total by smashing 18 runs in the final over bowled by seamer Andrew Ellis.

Sri Lanka need a win to draw the series 1-1 after New Zealand won the second game in Hambantota on Tuesday. The first match was rained off.

New Zealand will round off their short two-week tour with two Twenty20 internationals in Pallekele on November 19 and 21.