SHARJAH: Bowlers Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara set up a crushing eight-wicket win for Sri Lanka in the final round-one match of the Twenty20 World Cup after they skittled out Netherlands for 44 on Friday.

Sri Lanka moved into the Super 12 stage with three wins and top of their group.

Hasaranga and Kumara took three wickets each to sink the opposition who survived just 10 overs after being invited to bat first.

“Bowlers executed really well. A real good performance from all of us,” skipper Dasun Shanaka said after the big win. “We read the conditions really well, so we know the advantages and disadvantages going forward [in the Super 12s].”

The bowlers justified Shanaka’s decision to field as spinner Maheesh Theekshana struck twice in his first over after the skipper ran out Max O’Dowd for a duck with a direct throw.

Hasaranga kept up the pressure with his twin strikes in his opening over and soon claimed skipper Pieter Seelaar.

Kumara returned to clean up the tail and claim T20 best figures of 3-7 with his pace bowling.

The Dutch though can take consolat­ion that it was not the lowest total — they were bowled out by the same opponents for 39 in a World Cup tie in 2014.

The Netherlands lost all their three games in the qualifying phase. “Pretty simple, Sri Lanka just outplayed us,” said a disappointed Seelaar. “Fair credit to them, they were two steps ahead.”

Sri Lanka then lost two wickets before Kusal Perera (33) saw them home in 7.1 overs.

Scoreboard

NETHERLANDS:

S.J. Myburgh b Theekshana 5

M.P. O’Dowd run out 2

B. Cooper b Theekshana 9

C.N. Ackermann lbw b Hasaranga 11

B. de Leede lbw b de Silva 0

S.A. Edwards lbw b Kumara 8

R.E. van der Merwe c Perera b Chameera 0

P.M. Seelaar lbw b Hasaranga 2

F.J. Klaassen not out 1

B.D. Glover c Perera b Kumara 0

P.A. van Meekeren lbw b Kumara 0

EXTRAS (B-1, LB-4, W-1) 6

TOTAL (all out, 10 overs) 44

FALL OF WKTS: 1-3, 2-19, 3-20, 4-31, 5-32, 6-37, 7-40, 8-44, 9-44.

BOWLING: Karunaratne 1-0-7-0 (1w); Chameera 2-0-13-1; Theekshana 1-0-3-2; Kumara 3-1-7-3; Hasaranga 3-0-9-3.

SRI LANKA:

P. Nissanka c van Meekeren b Glover 0

M.D.K.J. Perera not out 33

K.I.C. Asalanka c Klaassen b van Meekeren 6

W.I.A. Fernando not out 2

EXTRAS (LB-1, W-3) 4

TOTAL (for two wkts, 7.1 overs) 45

FALL OF WKTS: 1-7, 2-31.

DID NOT BAT: P.B.B. Rajapaksa, M.D. Shanaka, W. Hasaranga, C. Karunaratne, P.V.D. Chameera, M.M. Theekshana, C.B.R.L.S. Kumara.

BOWLING: Klaassen 2.1-0-12-0; Glover 3-0-12-1 (2w); van Meekeren 2-0-20-1 (1w).

RESULT: Sri Lanka won by eight wickets.

UMPIRES: R.K. Illingworth (England) and J.S. Wilson (West Indies).

TV UMPIRE: Aleem Dar (Pakistan).

MATCH REFEREE: J.J. Crowe (New Zealand).

PLAYER-OF-THE-MATCH: Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka).

Published in Dawn, October 23rd, 2021

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