SL bowlers bamboozle Netherlands
By Anjana Kaluarachchi reporting from Sharjah
Netherlands skipper Pieter Seelaar’s comments about Sri Lanka did the rounds on social media, which Sri Lanka fans did not take lightly. He then clarified that he was misquoted; yet they will be looking to give the hardest time possible to Sri Lanka. But on match day it was no different to their outing in 2014, where Netherlands who were bowled out for 39 seven years ago were bowled out for 44 yesterday in just ten overs.
Sri Lanka sealed an 8 wicket win in their last round one match of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 played here in Sharjah yesterday and walk in to the Super12 round of the tournament in style. Sri Lanka did not look that fluent batting in testing conditions, but opener Kusal Perera remained unbeaten on 33 guiding them home while losing just two wickets, those of Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka, who replaced Dinesh Chandimal in the playing XI at number 3.
Maheesh Theekshana claimed two from two in the third over making life hard for them, while Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga claimed three wickets each making batting a nightmare for the opposition. Chamika Karunarathne was right on the money from the beginning, and skipper Dasun Shanaka’s brilliant fielding resulted in the run out of in-form Max O’Dowd in the very first over.
Then came the 21-year-old Maheesh Theekshana, who claimed two wickets in the third over with his carrom ball, where he once again brought back memories of Ajantha Mendis in his hey days. He removed opener Stephan Myburgh and one drop Ben Cooper to leave Netherlands reeling at 20 for 3 after three overs.
He left the field with what looked like a slight injury and Dhananjaya de Silva substituted for him but later informed that he was totally fine.Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva too proved unplayable as he claimed two in his first over with the wickets of Colin Ackermann and Bas de Leede, while Dushmantha Chameera removed Roelof Van de Merwe in the sixth, leaving Netherlands 37 for 6 at the end of the power play from which they never recovered.
Skipper Pieter Seelaar who made headlines in Sri Lanka for his comments before the tournament, lasted just five deliveries as Hasaranga trapped him lbw for just two runs. Kumara’s pace was too much to handle for Netherlands as he removed Scott Edwards, Brandon Glover and Paul Van Meekeren in the same over finishing things off. The Sri Lankan bowling figures were amazing. Kumara finished with 3 for 7 in three overs with one maiden, while 6 of those 7 runs came in one delivery.
Hasaranga finished with three for nine, while Theekshana who claimed 2 for 3 in the only over he bowled, left the field as he knew the captain would not need him any further. Sri Lanka’s bowling unit kept bamboozling all opposition in round 1. They bowled out Namibia for 96, Ireland for 101 and now Netherlands for just 44 to walk into the Super 12s in style. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will play Bangladesh on Sunday in their first Super 12 match at the same venue, and will also play South Africa and England at the same venue.