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Sri Lanka bundled out Netherlands for 44 in just 10 overs
It was a dead rubber; Sri Lanka had already sealed their Super 12 berth and the Netherlands were knocked out of the competition. However, in what was a matter of formalities in the final Group stage game, Sri Lanka handed the Netherlands a trouncing after bowling them out for just 44 – the second-lowest total in T20 WCs – and chasing it down in the eighth over with eight wickets to spare on Friday (October 22).
How did Netherlands end up being bowled out in 10 overs?
Chamika Karunaratne started off with a wicket in the opening over to get Stephan Myburgh, which was the beginning of the end for Netherlands. Sri Lanka's bowlers were bang on the money from the start and their spinners in Mahesh Theekshana and Wanindu Hasaranga were unplayable. While Theekshana bowled just the one over for two wickets, Hasaranga returned 3-9 in three overs.
Netherlands' batsmen couldn't find answers to Sri Lanka's bowling and kept playing down the wrong line. Lahiru Kumara towards the end, cranked up the pace and blew the tail away. He too finished with 3 wickets for just 7 runs in his three overs, including a maiden. Only one Dutch batter could get double figures on a rather forgettable day for them.
Straightforward chase then for Sri Lanka?
Yes, pretty much. Though even in the small chase, they lost Pathum Nissanka in the second over. Charith Asalanka, who came in for Dinesh Chandimal, and Kusal Perera, however, led the chase without too much fuss with a 24-run stand. However, Asalanka fell with 10 runs to get. Perera hit back-to-back fours to complete the chase in the eighth over.
Brief scores: Netherlands 44 in 10 overs (M Theekshana 2-3, Lahiru Kumara 3-7, W Hasaranga 3-9) lost to Sri Lanka in 45/2 in 7.1 overs (Kusal Perera 33*) by eight wickets.