The Asia Cup 2022 champions, Sri Lanka has made their way through the super 12 of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 in Australia. After being stunned by Namibia in the first match, Sri Lanka defeated UAE and the Netherlands to confirm their seat.
Meanwhile, the Netherlands, being victorious in the first two matches, now has to wait for the result of Namibia vs UAE. If Namibia defeats the UAE, then they march ahead else the Netherlands will go forward.
Opting to bat first at Simonds Stadium, Sri Lanka piled up an average total of 162, with Opener Kusal Mendis solely scoring almost half of the team’s total. Mendis scored 79 from 44 balls (smashing 5 sixes and 5 fours) before being dismissed in the final over. van Meekeren and Bas de Leede grabbed a couple of wickets each for the Netherlands.
The dutch side fell 16 runs short against the rigid Lankan bowling attack. Opener Max ODowd remained unbeaten for 71 runs while other batters couldn’t do any special. ODowd hammered six fours and three biggies in his 53-ball knock. Wanindu Hasaranga grabbed three wickets, whereas Maheesh Theekshana took two scalps.
Sri Lanka will finish as group leader if UAE defeats Namibia. Otherwise, they will go ahead as a group runner-up.
Sri Lanka: 162/6 (20 overs)
Netherlands: 146/9 (20 overs)
Sri Lanka won by 16 runs.