ICC Cricket World Cup Match 19: Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 5 wickets
Sadeera Samarawickrama hit an undefeated 91 as Sri Lanka brought the Netherlands crashing back down to World Cup reality on Saturday with a five-wicket victory which gave the 1996 champions their first win of the tournament.
Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, 19th Match, ICC Cricket World Cup
Netherlands 262/10 (49.4 ov)
Sri Lanka 263/5 (48.2 ov)
Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets
Sri Lanka finally off the mark with a hard fought win
Sri Lanka finally was off the mark in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 as they thumped the Netherlands by five wickets. The 19th match of the tournament took place at the Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow on Saturday. Batting first, after winning the toss, the Dutch side posted a total of 262, Sri Lanka chased the target in 48.2 overs.
Netherlands’ decision to bat first didn’t prove to be correct as they were left in the doldrums. Sri Lanka bowlers were all over them and had them tottering at 91 for six with Colin Ackermann (29:31b, 5x4) being the top scorer till then. It seemed that they would get bundled out early but it wasn’t the case. Sybrand Engelbrecht (70:82b, 4x4, 1x6) and Logan Van Beek (59: 75b, 1x4, 1x6) then joined hands and made sure that the game didn’t completely slip away from their team. They led the rescue charge and added 130 runs for the seventh wicket, which is the highest in World Cup history. Their stupendous effort saw Netherlands ending with a total of 262. For Sri Lanka, Kasun Rajitha and Dilshan Madushanka were the pick of the bowlers as they bagged four wickets each.
The Netherlands were on top with the ball at the start of the second essay. Aryan Dutt sent Kusal Perera (5:8b, 1x4) and Kusal Mendis (11:17b, 2x4) packing and left Sri Lanka at 52 for four. Pathum Nissanka (54:52b, 9x4) then hit a vital fifty under pressure and kept his side in the hunt. After his scalp, Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka (44:66b, 2x4, 1x6) added 77 runs partnership to take the game away from the Netherlands. Dhanajaya de Silva (30:37b, 1x4, 2x6) also chipped in the end as Sri Lanka completed a comfortable five-wicket win
Netherlands Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Vikramjit Singh - 3.4 ov), 2-48 (Max O'Dowd - 9.6 ov), 3-54 (Colin Ackermann - 11.6 ov), 4-68 (Bas de Leede - 16.5 ov), 5-71 (Teja Nidamanuru - 18.4 ov), 6-91 (Scott Edwards - 21.2 ov), 7-221 (Sybrand Engelbrecht - 45.1 ov), 8-244 (Roelof van der Merwe - 47.2 ov), 9-252 (Logan van Beek - 48.4 ov), 10-262 (Paul van Meekeren - 49.5 ov)
Sri Lanka Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Kusal Perera - 4.3 ov), 2-52 (Kusal Mendis - 9.3 ov), 3-104 (Pathum Nissanka - 16.1 ov), 4-181 (Charith Asalanka - 32.4 ov), 5-257 (Dhananjaya de Silva - 46.5 ov)
Netherlands:Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(WK/C), Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt Paul van Meekeren
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(WK/C), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka
Date: Saturday, October 21, 2023 06:00
Venue: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow
Toss:Netherlands elected to bat
Officials Umpires: Ahsan Raza (Pakistan) Marais Erasmus (South Africa) Rod Tucker (Australia TV)
Match Referee: Jeff Crowe (New Zealand)
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