Sri Lanka scores big win over Netherlands as they bow out of T20 World Cup


An eliminated Sri Lankan team beat Netherlands by 83 runs in the final Group D match of the T20 World Cup at the Daren Sammy Stadium in St Lucia on Sunday.

Captain Scott Edwards and opener Michael Levitt jointly chipped in with a score of 31, but Sri Lanka's varied and talented attack was too good for the Dutch team (PTI).

Opener Kusal Mendis and middle-order batsman Charith Asalanka posted identical scores of 46 to set the tone for the 2014 champions on a total of 201 for six, the first total of over 200 ever posted on this ground in a T20 International.

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With their Super Eights qualification hopes fading fast as Bangladesh moved closer to victory in a low-scoring encounter taking place at the same time in St. Vincent, the Dutch faded after a brilliant start by being dismissed for 118 over 16.4 overs in reply.

Captain Scott Edwards and opener Michael Levitt together contributed to the top scores of 31, but Sri Lanka's varied and talented attack was too good for the Dutch fielding, with pacer Nuwan Thenhara leading the way with three for 24.

Mendis' effort came off 29 balls (five fours), while Asalanka, in his wake, occupied eight fewer balls thanks to a four and five sixes, most of them spurred by a strong crosswind on the site located at the northern tip of the island.

Logan van Beek, grandson of the late former West Indies and New Zealand wicketkeeper/batsman Simpson “Sammy” Guillen, was the leading wicket-taker with successive ball victims in his third over, although his four overs cost 45 runs.

An opening stand of 45 in five overs put the Netherlands on the right track. However, from the moment rebellious seamer Nuwan Being removed Max O'Dowd, the innings saw a steady decline.

They were already working at 69 for four after nine overs when news filtered through of Bangladesh's 21-run victory over Nepalese to clinch the final berth in the next round of the competition. From that point on, all Sri Lanka had to do was close out the result against a deflated Dutch side.

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