ICC World Twenty20, Highlights: Sri Lanka crush Netherlands by nine wickets
After bowling the Netherlands out for 39, the lowest total ever in T20I history, Sri Lanka got the runs with exactly 15 overs to spare. It was a day of records then as it was also the biggest ever win in T20Is - in terms of balls remaining. Catch highlights here.
Sri Lanka beat the Netherlands by nine wickets in Chittagong to record the biggest ever win in T20I history in terms of balls remaining. Catch highlights here: (Scorecard | Text Commentary | Points Table |)
21:07 (IST): A mammoth win for Sri Lanka then in a day dominated by records. The Netherlands were bowled out for the lowest-ever T20I total of 39 after being put in to bat first and then Sri Lanka reached their target with 15 overs to spare, recording the biggest ever win in T20I history in terms of balls remaining. Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said that he never wanted to underestimate Netherlands but it was still a very satisfying win for them. Netherlands captain Peter Borren said that everything was a rush today and that his team need to improve very quickly. Angelo Mathews (3/16) was deservedly the Man of the Match.
20:49 (IST): Cheeky shot for a single from Dilshan! Sri Lanka need just 11 runs to win off 97 balls vs Netherlands. Sri Lanka 29/1 (3.5 overs). Dilshan (12*), Jayawardene (1*).
20:38 (IST): WICKET! Kusal Perera c Swart b Malik 15. Sri Lanka 20/1 (2 overs) vs Netherlands chasing 40.
20:34 (IST): Sri Lanka want to chase down this incredibly small 40-run target as quick as a flash of lightning, it seems. They are already 6/0 after 1 over. Kusal Perera hit a brilliant boundary on Van der Gugten's fourth delivery.
20:08 (IST): Sri Lankan skipper Angelo Mathews: We want to chase down this small target of 40 runs vs Netherlands as quickly as possible.
20:06 (IST): WICKET! Netherlands have been bowled out for 39 by Sri Lanka. Lowest ever total in T20I history.
20:04 (IST): WICKET! Another one gone! Seelar c Mathews b Mendis 3. Netherlands 39/9 (10.1 overs.
20:03 (IST): WICKET! Absolute carnage! Mudassar Bukhari b Malinga 4. Netherlands 39/8 (10 overs).
20:01 (IST): WICKET! Van Beek b Lasith Malinga 1. Netherlands 36/7 (9.3 overs).
19:57 (IST): WICKET! This match may end way before the cut-off time at Chittagong! Tom Cooper lbw b Ajantha Mendis 16. Netherlands 33/6 (8.2 overs).
19:50 (IST): WICKET! Another one bites the dust! Ben Cooper run out Kulasekara 8. Netherlands have lost half their side. NED 25/5 (7 overs) vs SL.
19:47 (IST): Ben Cooper (4*) gets off the mark with a boundary. Tom Cooper (8*) is with him on the other end. Netherlands 15/4 (5.5 overs).
19:37 (IST): WICKET! Mayhem! Peter Borren lbw b Angelo Mathews 0. Netherlands 9/4 (4 overs).
19:21 (IST): Angelo Mathews is on a hat-trick! Meanwhile, the umpires have stopped play as there is a problem with the lights on the ground.
19:17 (IST): WICKET! W Barresi c Chandimal b Angelo Mathews 0. Netherlands 1/3 (1.5 overs).
19:16 (IST): WICKET! Swart c Sangakkara b Angelo Mathews 0. Netherlands 1/2 (1.4 overs).
19:12 (IST): WICKET! Stephan Myburgh goes for a duck! The dangerman is gone! Myburgh c Lasith Malinga b Nuwan Kulasekara 0. Netherlands 0/1 (0.3 overs).
SJ Myburgh, MR Swart, W Barresi, Tom Cooper, Ben Cooper, PW Borren, LV van Beek, Mudassar Bukhari, T van der Gugten, PM Seelaar, MAA Jamil
Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Dinesh Chandimal, Angelo Mathews, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachitra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Lasith Malinga
18:43 (IST): Sri Lanka win the toss and elect to bowl first vs The Netherlands at Chittagong. He is hoping there will be dew on this surface and wants his bowlers to have a crack first.
Sri Lanka beat South Africa in their first ICC World Twenty20 match. With the Asia Cup title in their bag, the team is looking one of the best in the tournament -Â a challenge the Netherlands will look at with relish as the minnows have nothing to lose. (Points Table)
The Netherlands and Sri Lanka are in Group 1 of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament. The group also has South Africa, New Zealand and England. It is a tough group with every side looking to collect full points against The Netherlands at least. It is this that may work in the favour of the Dutch men. Complacency in the T20 format can spell doom but The Netherlands are backing their own abilities to craft wins. "We are very proud of the fact that we are representing the Associates here now," said captain Peter Borren. "We hope that we can do the Associates proud." (Read: Pride drives Netherlands in Super-10 stage of ICC World Twenty20)
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