England in South Africa: Cricket skating on thin ice amid Covid calamity
5 Dec 2020
It was once again a miserable day for the Netherlands at the T20 World Cup 2021 as they got bundled out for 44 against Sri Lanka in their last match of the campaign. This is now the second-lowest total in any T20 World Cup and the lowest in this edition. The lowest T20 World Cup total of 33 is also in the name of the Netherlands, and ironically it also came against Sri Lanka in the 2014 T20 World Cup.
Right from the start where skipper Dasun Shanaka chose to field first, the Lankan bowlers were all over the Dutch batting lineup. Their best batsman in the tournament so far, Max O’Dowd got run out in the very first over and provided a big jolt to the Dutch who were looking to end the tournament on a high. The highest partnership of the innings was courtesy of Stephan Myburgh and Ben Cooper who added 16 for the second wicket.
From there on, there was just no respite at all for the Dutch batters as Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara and Mahesh Theekshana made life very difficult on the Sharjah track. While Hsaranaga and Kumara picked two wickets each, Theekshana continued his wicket-taking form with two-wicket in this game as well.
Sri Lanka would now need 45 to win the match and finish their Round 1 without losing a single game.