Netherlands v SL, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong March 24, 2014

Sri Lanka consign Netherlands to record low


Sri Lanka 40 for 1 beat Netherlands 39 (Mathews 3-16, Mendis 3-12) by 9 wickets
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Video report: Netherlands fall like nine pins

Perhaps no team in world cricket puts weaker sides away so emphatically as Sri Lanka. Since becoming full-fledged graduates from the easy-beats category in the mid-90s, they have spared no thought to their former peers, and on Monday they added two more world records to the small pile they have accumulated against easy-beats over the past 20 years. Netherlands' 39 all out is the lowest ever Twenty20 score. Sri Lanka chased the target in a record five overs.

Their domination of Netherlands was, strangely, almost as casual as it was unyielding. Nuwan Kulasekara's opening over was full of the kind of swing away from left-handers he generates almost every time he has early use of the white ball. Yet, this time, it would set in motion the most dramatic collapse the format has seen, as Stephan Myburgh outside-edged him to third man. Next over, Angelo Mathews delivered two unremarkable half-trackers back-to-back, and found himself on-a-hat-trick, as Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi fell attempting to attack. The floodlight malfunction that caused a nine-minute break in play seemed a greater obstacle to a Sri Lanka victory than their opponents did, with the bat. The number of runs did not exceed the number of wickets until the 20th ball of the innings.

Mathews would trap Peter Borren in front with an indipper in his next over - bringing about one of four ducks in Netherlands' innings - and that was all before Dinesh Chandimal sent his heavy cavalry in. Lasith Malinga struck the base of the middle stump twice, both times with the slower yorker. Ajantha Mendis had an expensive first over, but the Netherlands lower order played exactly like batsmen who have never faced his brand of mystery spin before. The googly accounted for two of his three wickets. Netherlands were all out in the 11th over.

Sri Lanka were given a harder time with the bat, as Kusal Perera was rapped painfully on the thumb by Timm van der Gugten before he fell for 14, but the chase was always going to be a formality. Tillakaratne Dilshan would have hoped to bat himself into form against a weaker attack but he only faced 11 balls. Sri Lanka will take the two points and the massive boost in net run rate, but even they may be disappointed at how quickly it all ended.

Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo's Sri Lanka correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Iraj on March 27, 2014, 18:08 GMT

    Wow ! Guys you got it. At last but not least both SL & Ind fans gonna come for an amicable settlement. Hats off to transtell87 for his brilliant effort. My apologies for the bitter words on you at the beginning. It's better we should respect each & every nation in the subcontinent, either it is India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, SL, Afghanistan or Nepal we should appreciate each other on their day, their strengths and talents. Criticisms must be done in a constructive manner. late is better than never and I wish long live this friendship & moreover brotherhood. Cheers !

  • Sanka on March 26, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    randikaayya: Chamal was referring to his school team being better than Netherlands. I too was referring to the same. I AM an SL fan who hates trash talking (not that I did my best to avoid). :)


    PS:- Dharmaraja's rugby team is better I guess, if that news soothes you.. ;)

  • dhanush on March 26, 2014, 9:42 GMT

    @ Dinesh Ranga :-Did you forgot Ganguly's tennure..his 183 in Taunton match in 1999 worldcup...One of your legend's ball sent to the near by river..any generation some body will be there...

  • dinesh on March 26, 2014, 5:13 GMT

    what is going on here... basically indian fans couldn't digest that massive win cos they (indians) expected to SL beaten by NL (at least in their sub conscious). but it wouldn't happen. even from commentators they would never appreciate SL's superiority in this format and always talked about other teams weaknesses. but if IND or AUS in No.01 they jump in to the commentary box and praising all over. that because now days cricket is multi-million business rather than mere gentlemen's game. of course yes ....... we understand the poor indian comments, because they are the nation ....... players treated like gods..

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 16:14 GMT

    Record win in just 5 overs. sri lankans are record breakers

  • Android on March 25, 2014, 13:03 GMT

    Remind to all indians....Can you remember the time how SL hammered you after 1996 WC with master blaster couldnt even one single series against SL.Thats is the golden period SL spent.By the time you defeated us....thats true. But your team will soon collapse just after MS Dhoni step down...everything will over.He is the only man in your others.... That furture is not far out...

  • Ranjith on March 25, 2014, 12:59 GMT

    @Naduni Devindi Abeywickrama Dear you are spot on. I like this very much.

    "Keep in mind what Lord Buddha said...Let the haters hate you. But you should never hate them because hatred can never be ceased by hatred. Hatred will only be ceased by kindness.... "

  • Dummy4 on March 25, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    The way things are going so far, semi finalists will probably be: SL, SA, IND, and then a tight call between PAK/AUS.

  • azeeslk on March 25, 2014, 11:16 GMT

    ohh dear why indian supporters speaking about football? can u play with maldives at-least ? and your a big country and couldn't form a better rugby team, if u play with srilanka SL- 50 Ind- 0 it's a shame for you.. don't think in this way, be sportsmen without looking SL in a jealousy view. sorry mates, this is a game not life. most of indian's don't know what is sports mean

  • prasad on March 25, 2014, 11:11 GMT

    Simple, in netherlands, they wont follow cricket, just for the sake, they selected a random XI to play for ICC. And there were no fans or followers of this minority game. As someone said, if there's a football or hockey, this could get reversed. So no other way for lankans to make records in other sport as cricket is only game for them ;)

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