The Netherlands slumped to the lowest score in the history of Twenty20 International cricket en route to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in Monday's one-sided World Twenty20 Group 1 fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The Netherlands slumped to the lowest score in the history of Twenty20 International cricket en route to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to Sri Lanka in Monday's one-sided World Twenty20 fixture at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong.
The Dutch fell to 39 all out – 17 runs less than the 56 all out endured by Kenya against Afghanistan in Sharjah last year. The result entirely undid the momentum gained on the back of a surprise win over Ireland in the first round of the competition.
Batsmen Stephan Myburgh, Peter Borren, Tom Cooper and Wesley Barresi, who all dominated against the Irish, accrued a mere 17 runs between them this week. The succession of wickets was, indeed, swift.
Seamer Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis were the pick of the bowlers, securing telling figures of three for 16 and three for 12 respectively. Pace ace Lasith Malinga weighed in with a complementary brace, lined with characteristic yorkers, and all-rounder Nuwan Kulasekara pitched in with a solitary scalp.
The Sri Lankans' inevitably successful pursuit spanned a mere five overs. Holland managed some consolation in the form of opener Kusal Perera's departure, before a quickfire dozen from former skipper Tillakaratne Dilshan seal triumph with all of 15 overs to spare.
The outcome consolidate the sub-continental big guns' lead in Group 1, while the Dutch were resigned to the foot of the five-team standings. Mathews was named Man of the Match.
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