ICC T20 World Cup 2021: Sri Lanka bowled out the Netherlands for 44 and then chased down the paltry target losing 2 wickets in just 7.1 overs to register their third win in a row.
Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando’s third-wicket partnership got Sri Lanka over the line in the 8th over (AFP Photo)
- Sri Lanka (45 for 2) beat Netherlands (44-all out) by 8 wickets in Sharjah
- SL will join Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh in Group 1 of the Super 12s
- Sri Lanka’s first match in the main draw will be against Bangladesh in Sharjah on October 24
Sri Lanka ended their qualifying campaign at the ICC T20 World Cup with a comprehensive 8-wicket win over the Netherlands to complete a hat-trick victories and top Group A in Sharjah on Friday.
The inconsequential match ended inside two hours as the 2014 champions bowled out the Dutch for 44, the second lowest score in T20 World Cup history, before chasing down the target in just 7.1 overs to register their third successive win.
Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga starred with the ball for the Lankans with 3 wickets each while wicketkeeper Kusal Perera top-scored in their chase with 33 not out.
Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup: Highlights
Sri Lanka had already qualified for the Super 12s after winning their first-two games and will join Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies and Bangladesh in Group 1 of the Super 12s.
“The bowlers were executing really well. A real good performance from all of us. Very good bowling side, I didn’t bowl in the qualifier at all, and Charith Asalanka can also bowl. We read the conditions really well, so we know the advantages and disadvantages going forward (in the Super 12s),” Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka said after the match.
Sri Lanka’s first match in the main draw of the tournament will be against Bangladesh on October 24.
“Pretty simple, Sri Lanka just outplayed us. Outplayed the whole group. Fair credit to them, they were two steps ahead. We’ve got a South Africa series in November and Afghanistan in January (for ODIs).
“We’ve to go back to the drawing board a bit. The pacers came out with a bit of good heat, good aggression. Leading run-scorer run out in the first over doesn’t help, pretty much set the tone for the innings,” the Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelar said.