Sri Lanka vs Netherlands ICC CWC Match 19 Report: After losses in their first three matches, Sri Lanka finally opened their account in the World Cup 2023 points table with a 5-wicket win over the Netherlands in Lucknow. This win came in a hard-fought battle as Sri Lanka’s chase of the target of 263 runs dragged into the penultimate over of their innings.
Sri Lanka vs Netherlands ICC CWC Match 19 Report: ICC CWC 2023
Samarawickrama stars for Sri Lanka with 91*
The Dutch remained alive in the game for most parts of the chase with regular wickets, but Sadeera Samarawickrama’s 91-run unbeaten knock saw Sri Lanka over the line.
As per Sri Lanka vs Netherlands ICC CWC Match 19 Report, opener Pathum Nissanka continued on his impressive form and scored a half-century, a knock of 54 runs in 52 balls, while losing Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis cheaply early on.
Samarawickrama then took over the responsibility of the chase with his 7 crafty boundaries and risk-averse game of singles and twos. He got solid support from left-hander Charith Asalanka, who scored 44 runs, and Dhananjaya de Silva, who scored 30 runs. The chase hung in balance until Asalanka’s dismissal at 181/4, but Samarawickrama and Dhananjaya ensured the victory was achieved for Sri Lanka.
As per Sri Lanka vs Netherlands ICC CWC Match 19 Report, Off-spinner Aryan Dutt made use of the dry surface in Lucknow to take out three wickets.
Engelbrecht scores 70; Madushanka and Rajitha pick 4 wickets each
Earlier, the Netherlands had won the toss and opted to bat first. They had Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek to thank for taking them to a total of 262.
Kasun Rajitha was in superb rhythm with the new ball as he nipped out the first three wickets of Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, and Colin Ackermann before left-arm seamer Dilshan Madushanka struck with the wickets of Bas de Leede and Teja Nidamanuru.
According to the SL vs NED Cricket World Cup 2023 Match 19 Report, Maheesh Theekshana bowled a jaffa to go through the bat-pad gap of the Netherlands captain, Scott Edwards, who was the best batsman in their win against South Africa, leaving the Dutch in big trouble at 91/6.
Then began the rebuilding by Engelbrecht and van Beek. The pair forged a brilliant partnership of 130 runs in 143 balls. They, too, worked more in running between the wickets and hit only 5 fours and 2 sixes combined. Madushanka and Rajitha came in the death overs to wrap up the Dutch innings.