Dasun Shanka praised his bowlers for their energetic performance in the match against Netherlands, which they won by eight wickets on Friday in Sharjah. Sri Lanka is in Group 1 of the Super 12 round, alongside Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, South Africa, and Bangladesh.
After winning the toss, Sri Lanka chose to bowl, and their bowlers put on a fantastic performance, batting the Netherlands out for 44 runs. Only Colin Ackermann (11) reached double figures, while four batters were removed for ducks. Sri Lankan spinner Maheesh Theekshana, who was named Man of the Match in his previous match, got the team off to a good start with two wickets in his first over. Wanindu Hasaranga and Lahiru Kumara each took three wickets as the Netherlands were bowled out for 44 runs in ten overs.
Sri Lanka lost an early wicket in response to the Netherlands’ 44 runs, with opener Pathum Nissanka (0) departing in the second over. Charith Asalanka (6), who came out to bat after Nissanka was dismissed, was dismissed in the sixth over by Paul van Meekeren. However, Kusal Perera hit an unbeaten 33 off 24 balls to enable Sri Lanka upset the Netherlands by eight wickets and advance to the Super 12 round.
Dasun Shanaka commented on his side’s performance against Ireland, saying, “The bowlers did a fantastic job, and it was a tremendous effort from the squad.”
“The bowler was doing admirably. We all put up a fantastic performance. Very solid bowling side; I didn’t bowl at all in the qualifier, and Charith Asalanka is also a capable bowler. We have a good understanding of the conditions, so we know what the benefits and drawbacks are going ahead (in the Super 12s) “After the match, Shanaka stated.
Lahiru Kumara was named Man of the Match for his outstanding bowling performance, which included three wickets in one over. Lahiru thanked Chaminda Vaas, Sri Lanka’s bowling coach, for his match-winning performance.
Sri Lanka has already qualified for the Super 12 stage and will compete in Group 1 of the T20 World Cup 2021 alongside Australia, New Zealand, the West Indies, South Africa, and Bangladesh.