Opener Kusal Mendis slammed a 44-ball 79 as Asian champions Sri Lanka defeated the Netherlands by 16 runs to sweep right into the Super 12 stage of the Twenty20 Globe Cup Thursday.
The globe’s eighth-ranked team ransacked 162/6, blowing up 102 of them off the last 10 overs to set up a huge target which the Dutch were unable to reach, completing on 146/9.
In which Super 12 group they play will certainly be figured out after the later game in Geelong in between Namibia and United Arab Emirates.
A win for the African side will certainly knock senseless the Dutch as well as send them via, as they currently have a superior web run rate.
If the UAE dismayed Namibia, the Dutch will advance.
It is the third succeeding time Sri Lanka have actually gotten to the Super 12 and they will be wishing to repeat their heroics from 2014, when Dinesh Chandimal skippered them to the title.
Yet it was a rough road to arrive, stunned by Namibia in the competition’s opening video game before squashing UAE and also currently the Netherlands.
After winning the throw as well as choosing to bat, Sri Lanka started gradually with Pathum Nissanka and also Mendis plodding to simply 22 off the very first five overs.
Nissanka was decreased in the 5th over, and also came undone on 14 when hostile speed bowler Paul van Meekeren returned to the strike as well as sent out down a yorker.
Dhananjaya de Silva followed him back to pavilion the next ball, out lbw, as Sri Lanka lived alarmingly with countless possibilities dropping simply except the fielders.
Charith Asalanka and also Mendis knuckled down in a 60-run stand to step up the run rate before Asalanka was captured behind off all-rounder Bas de Leede for 31.
Mendis brought up his ninth T20 half-century with a six after that smacked successive sixes in the penultimate over prior to he was out opting for one more border, practically carrying his bat.
Despite missing hurt pace pioneers Dushmantha Chameera as well as Pramod Madushan, a Sri Lankan strike with substitutes Lahiru Kumara and also Binura Fernando kept the Dutch away in the opening overs.
Opener Vikramjit Singh was out for seven, captured by Dasun Shanaka off Maheesh Theekshana after that Kumara obtained the large arch of rising star De Leede for 14.
The seasoned Colin Ackermann went for a golden duck to the spin of Hasaranga de Silva as they got to 63/3 at halfway.
Opener Max O’Dowd (71 not out) gamely held on yet when captain Scott Edwards was bowled by Fernando after a quick-fire 21 they sagged from 100/4 to 109/8 and the video game was all-but over.