Sri Lanka were coming off a heavy defeat to Australia in their opening match, but they bounced back to register a convincing victory over the Netherlands.
The Netherlands batted first and posted a competitive total of 262 for 9. Feisty fifties from Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek helped the Netherlands to post a big total.
However, Sri Lanka’s bowlers were disciplined, and they did not allow the Netherlands to run away with the game. Kasun Rajitha and Dilshan Madushanka picked up four wickets each for Sri Lanka.
In reply, Sri Lanka chased down the target with five wickets in hand. Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka got Sri Lanka off to a good start with a 67-run opening partnership.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers shine
Furthermore, Sri Lanka’s bowlers were the stars of the show in Lucknow. Then, they bowled disciplined lines and lengths, and they did not allow the Netherlands to score freely.
Kasun Rajitha and Dilshan Madushanka were the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers. Rajitha picked up 4 for 50, while Madushanka picked up 4 for 49.
The other Sri Lankan bowlers also chipped in with wickets, and they were able to restrict the Netherlands to a competitive total.
Sri Lanka’s batsmen respond well.
Sri Lanka’s batsmen also responded well in Lucknow. They chased down the target with five wickets in hand, and they did it in a comfortable manner.
Kusal Mendis and Pathum Nissanka got Sri Lanka off to a good start with a 67-run opening partnership. Nissanka was eventually dismissed for 54, but Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaksa took Sri Lanka home without any further hiccups.
Asalanka scored a fluent 44, while Rajapaksa scored an unbeaten 38. The duo put on a 76-run partnership for the fifth wicket, and they ensured that Sri Lanka got over the line without any problems.
Sri Lanka’s win over the Netherlands was a solid one. They bowled disciplined lines and lengths, and they batted with confidence.
Sri Lanka’s bowlers were the stars of the show, but their batsmen also responded well. The win will give Sri Lanka a lot of confidence, and they will be looking to build on it in their next match.