Netherlands v Sri Lanka, World T20, Group 1, Chittagong

The minnow murderers

ESPNcricinfo picks five of Sri Lanka's most brutal performances against lesser oppositions in limited-overs cricket

Andrew Fidel Fernando

March 24, 2014

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Sri Lanka 398 beat Kenya 254 for 7 by 144 runs
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Sri Lanka had been minnows themselves not long before the 1996 World Cup, but as if to illustrate how quickly they had progressed since, their batsmen laid a record total of 398 on Kenya, in Kandy. Sanath Jayasuriya and Romesh Kaluwitharana achieved one of the rapid starts that would make Sri Lanka's campaign famous, but it was Aravinda de Silva and Arjuna Ranatunga that took the total from imposing to momumental. De Silva hit 145 from 115 balls - incidentally Sri Lanka's first ever World Cup ton - and Ranatunga struck the fastest fifty in World Cup cricket at the time, off 29 balls. Kenya managed 254 for 7 in their 50 overs, but in truth, were never in the game.

Sri Lanka 40 for 1 beat Zimbabwe 38 by nine wickets
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Zimbabwe have suffered the ignominy of recording the lowest ever ODI total at Sri Lanka's hands, but another atrociously one-sided encounter is even more memorable, thanks to a world-record haul for Chaminda Vaas. Having asked Zimbabwe to bat in Colombo, Vaas began his plunder first ball, and he would account for eight Zimbabwe batsmen in a brutal spell of swing bowling. Just as it appeared Vaas would become the first bowler to take all 10 wickets in an ODI, captain Sanath Jayasuriya brought Muttiah Muralitharan into the attack, and he dismissed no.10 and 11 in the first four balls of his spell. Zimbabwe had sunk to 38 all out and Sri Lanka chased the target in 4.2 overs.

Sri Lanka 37 for 1 beat Canada 36 by nine wickets
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No Canada batsman would make double figures, and five would record ducks in this 2003 World Cup match, as Vaas, Prabath Nissanka and Dilhara Fernando steamrolled them for 36 all out - the second lowest ODI total. They were all out in 18.4 overs, and Sri Lanka would need only 4.4 to knock the runs off. Marvan Atapattu top-scored, finishing with a surprisingly brisk strike-rate of 171.

Sri Lanka 443 beat Netherlands 248 by 195 runs
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Fewer than four months after South Africa and Australia had played out the Johannesburg classic that tore the highest-ODI total record from Sri Lanka, they wrenched it back again in a mauling in Amstelveen. Typically, Jayasuriya was lead-butcher with the bat, walloping 157 runs from 104 balls. Almost 65% of his runs came in boundaries, as Sri Lanka collectively struck 56 fours and three sixes. Tillakaratne Dilshan's unbeaten 117 from 78 balls brought the innings to a furious close at 443 for 9, before Netherlands were dismissed for 248.

Sri Lanka 260 for 6 beat Kenya 88 by 172 runs
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Having achieved the highest Test and ODI totals against India and Netherlands respectively, Sri Lanka completed the set against Kenya, at the inaugural World Twenty20. As with the other two records, Jayasuriya top-scored. His 88 off 44 set the innings off apace, and it would only grow more frenzied as Mahela Jayawardene mauled a 27-ball 65 and Jehan Mubarak slammed 46 not out from 13. Sri Lanka finished on 260 for 6 and Kenya were blasted out for 88.

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Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 10:03 GMT)

Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

Posted by ksquared on (March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

@vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 9:52 GMT)

Im not at all surprised by SL performance in this T20 WC..because it played all its matches in 2014 in BD so adjusted to playing conditions very well...moreover it played 3 T20 matches, in fact all other countries except India played T20 matches this year.....SL is in easy group...so reaching semis is not a big achievement...whereas India did not played single T20 matche since from last october...it is in very tough group along with 2 farmer champions and one potential champion...still its performing very good, which cant be compared to SL performance...

Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

@ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

@ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

Posted by ksquared on (March 27, 2014, 7:42 GMT)

@vkias.. Talking about the 2007 WC SL did concede 270 in 35 overs to AUS not to INDIA SL bundled them out for 185 chasing 250 odd besides IND conceded 360 runs to more or less the same opposition in 2003 so your point is mute. You have already strengthened my argument in ur comment because IND made 270 because of their batting not because of weak SL bowling besides the attack was decimated by injuries and selection blunders. Having a good bowling attack doesn't guarantee global titles if so PAK SA would have won more. @anoop3301 IND bowlers only picked up 5 wickets with one runout while SL picked up 4 so it's ridiculous to say IND attack is better than SL based on this match. We are not talking about test cricket so that's beside the point.

Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 6:36 GMT)

@ksquared...if you are telling SL having BEST BOWLING attack....even in subcontinent, 2011 WC final why it did not defend 270 total, in 2007 WC, your best bowlers conceded 270 odd runs in just 35 overs...why your bowling attack is not helping you to win single global titles....anoop told correct, even stats are showing it...plz can you justify

Posted by vkias on (March 27, 2014, 6:25 GMT)

@ ksquared ....ha ha sehwag has played only half of the matches of Jayasuriya....earlier Jayasuriya was playing just as a bowler in your tracks....he did not even succeeded in other pitches as a bowler or a batsman...leave these all things...when your SL team won global title after 1996, even Jayasuriya was playing till recently...i agree Jayasuriya is a good player but he is not the best...whereas India produced several best batsmen and on the other hand Pak produced several very good bowlers...i definitely bet you that after the retire of your 3 legends...SL will also become weakest side in Asia...

Posted by anoop3301 on (March 27, 2014, 6:20 GMT)

@ksquared: If you say, SL picked up after defeat to Kenya and reached the semis, that is absolutely fine with us. If reaching semis is the benchmark or standard you want to set, no problem at all. In 2011 world cup as you mentioned, SL scored 270 against India but India scored more against the SL attack to take the world cup. So of course SL bowling attack was worse. Very obviously, a team which has won a match has bowled and batted better than a team which has lost the match. As simple as that. With so called "great bowlers" your country has produced, why have you not been able to win a single test match in India or Aus so far ? I am not even sure whether you have taken 20 wickets in a test match in these countries ever. And no. of man of the match awards reflect how a player has performed in those matches when he played well not his overall records. Sehwag obviously has better ODI batting credentials than Jayasurya. Still in doubt ? refer cricinfo stats.

Posted by ksquared on (March 27, 2014, 5:44 GMT)

@vkias...Are you reading any of the comments before you write nonsense I didn't say IND had a good bowling attack I'm saying the opposite only ur countryman anoop3301 is saying that. Only thing I'm saying is that the SL attack has done better in WT20 since 2007 compared to IND. Regarding Jayasuriya he has won matches for SL with his batting, bowling even fielding that's why he has 48 MOM awards that's about 11% of all matches he has played. Sehwag has 23 MOM awards so about 9% of all matches clearly Jayasuriya made more of an impact to HIS SIDE than Sehwag did to his.

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