RESULT
12th Match, First Round Group A (N), Sharjah, October 22, 2021, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(7.1/20 ov, T:45) 45/2

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)

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Netherlands 44/10(10 overs)
Sri Lanka 45/2(7.1 overs)
Cricinfo’s Most Valuable Players of the Match
PLAYERTeam
TI
Runs
I. Runs
B. Impact
Bowl
I. Wkts
Bo. Impact
Maheesh TheekshanaSL52.25--02/33.0152.25
Wanindu Hasaranga de SilvaSL47.71--03/92.9947.71
Kusal PereraSL31.7433(24)3331.74--0
Colin AckermannNED24.8611(9)17.424.86--0
Ben CooperNED17.729(8)12.8417.72--0

8.10pm: Right, that's an early finish to this game, and a finish to the first phase of the T20 World Cup 2021. It has been a fantastic start and there's a host of exciting matches still ahead of us. Make sure you tune into ESPNcricinfo for all of it. For now, this is Saurabh Somani bidding you goodnight on behalf of Danyal Rasool too.

Dasun Shanaka: The bowler were executing really well. A real good performance from all of us. Very good bowling side, I didn't bowl in the qualifier at all, and Charith Asalanka can also bowl. We read the conditions really well, so we know the advantages and disadvantages going forward (in the Super 12s).

Pieter Seelar: Pretty simple, Sri Lanka just outplayed us. Outplayed the whole group. Fair credit to them, they were two steps ahead. We've got a South Africa series in November and Afghanistan in January (for ODIs). We've to go back to the drawing board a bit. The pacers came out with a bit of good heat, good aggression. Leading run-scorer run out in the first over doesn't help, pretty much set the tone for the innings.

PS Sidhu: "Group 1 looks like group of death "

Nelson: "So Netherlands and PNG, the two finalists in the qualifier, both end winless at the bottom of their groups."

Lahiru Kumara is the Player of the Match. He's crediting bowling coach Chaminda Vaas for his showing. Says the team is going well and they want to continue that rhythm.

So this is what the groups now look like:

Group 1: Australia, England, South Africa, West Indies, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

Group 2: Afghanistan, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland and Namibia.

7.57pm: As comprehensive as it gets for Sri Lanka. They've marched into the Super 12s with a statement of intent. The bowlers were simply too good for a side not used to facing 145kph men, or canny legspin, or mystery spin - and the result was 44 all out in 10 overs. A disappointing end to the campaign for Netherlands, who came into the T20 World Cup promising much more. They still have some very good players, but it just didn't come together for them here, even though they had topped the qualifying race. The only solace they can take from this game is that they didn't give it away easily despite defending a low target, prising out two wickets and not letting through a flood of boundaries. Sri Lanka will be happy they've dominated the opposition here, but now tougher tests await. At least they're as primed as can be.

7.1
1
Klaassen to Fernando, 1 run

and that's it. Good ball by Klaasen, short and rising up to the throat, but dealt with well by Avishaka, who rises up on his toes and pats it down towards fine leg for the winning single.

How long can Netherlands make Sri Lanka wait for the one run they need?

end of over 75 runs
SL: 44/2CRR: 6.28 RRR: 0.07 • Need 1 from 78b
Kusal Perera33 (24b 6x4)
Avishka Fernando1 (3b)
Brandon Glover 3-0-12-1
Paul van Meekeren 2-0-20-1
6.6
2
Glover to Perera, 2 runs

length on the pads, he gets inside the line this time and flicks to fine leg's right. They take two and scores are level

6.5
Glover to Perera, no run

good length on the pads, clipped to short midwicket

6.4
Glover to Perera, no run

fuller outside off, drives crisply on the front foot but can't beat cover

6.3
1
Glover to Fernando, 1 run

good length on off stump, punched between cover and point

6.3
1w
Glover to Fernando, 1 wide

another wide. Put some effort into that, dug in short, but it's too far outside off again

6.2
Glover to Fernando, no run

back of a length on a fifth stump line, left alone

6.1
Glover to Fernando, no run

full on the pads, flicked to midwicket

6.1
1w
Glover to Fernando, 1 wide

too far outside off and moving away further, he'll have to re-bowl that

Avishka to face his first ball.

Tejas chaturved: "Its so good to watch the Dutch pace bowlers bowl ..if only they had more runs"

end of over 613 runs • 1 wicket
SL: 39/2CRR: 6.50 RRR: 0.42 • Need 6 from 84b
Kusal Perera31 (21b 6x4)
Avishka Fernando0 (0b)
Paul van Meekeren 2-0-20-1
Brandon Glover 2-0-7-1
5.6
4
van Meekeren to Perera, FOUR runs

fuller outside off, on the front foot now to lash this through mid-off for another boundary

5.5
4
van Meekeren to Perera, FOUR runs

another short ball but this time Kusal is expecting it, transfers weight back nicely and unleashes a ferocious pull that has enough power to make up for the lack of timing, sending it to the fence in front of square leg

5.4
W
van Meekeren to Asalanka, OUT

caught at mid-on. Asalanka hasn't looked fluent in his stay and he perishes with another slog across the line. Length ball on off, not really there for the pull, he goes for it anyway, gets a top edge that balloons up for an easy catch

Charith Asalanka c Klaassen b van Meekeren 6 (10b 1x4 0x6 22m) SR: 60
5.3
1
van Meekeren to Perera, 1 run

fuller length on the stumps, pushed to mid-off. They sprint a quick single

5.2
4
van Meekeren to Perera, FOUR runs

slashed over cover. Given the room and the length to have a go at this, too short outside off and he cuts it powerfully

5.1
van Meekeren to Perera, no run

full outside off, drives it back to the bowler off the inside half, and the bowler fields on his follow through

Netherlands have done well so far. Defending 45, the only thing they could do was not make it easy for Sri Lanka, and they've done just that through their three pacers so far.

end of over 55 runs
SL: 26/1CRR: 5.20 RRR: 1.26 • Need 19 from 90b
Charith Asalanka6 (9b 1x4)
Kusal Perera18 (16b 3x4)
Brandon Glover 2-0-7-1
Fred Klaassen 2-0-11-0
4.6
Glover to Asalanka, no run

good length nipping across him, he aims an adventurous slog across the line at it but bat only meets air

4.5
Glover to Asalanka, no run

that's another good short ball. He's copped a blow on the grille. He was too early into the pull, and that thudded right into the grille, think Glover took pace off that bouncer. Still got it to rise steeply enough. Physio out to attend to Asalanka.

4.4
1
Glover to Perera, 1 run

back of a length outside off, chopped towards mid-off. Again, the timing's not great on this

4.3
Glover to Perera, no run

swish and a miss outside off. Length ball going across him, was looking to punch, balls sneaks through inside the line

4.2
4
Glover to Perera, FOUR runs

short but on leg stump, and with fine leg in the circle, all he had to do was beat him. He pulls well enough to do that and collect an easy boundary

Best performances - batters
MDKJ Perera
MDKJ Perera SL
33 runs (24)
6 fours0 six
Control
80%
Productive shot
pull
8 runs
2 fours0 six
441350511
CN Ackermann
CN Ackermann NED
11 runs (9)
1 four1 six
Control
89%
Productive shot
on drive
6 runs
0 four1 six
00400061
Best performances - bowlers
CBRLS Kumara
CBRLS Kumara SL
O
3
M
1
R
7
W
3
ECO
2.33
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
1W
PWH de Silva
PWH de Silva SL
O
3
M
0
R
9
W
3
ECO
3
FTYFGSGS
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
2W
Match details
Sharjah Cricket Stadium
TossSri Lanka, elected to field first
Series
Season2021/22
Player Of The Match
Sri Lanka
Lahiru Kumara
Match numberT20I no. 1346
Match days22 October 2021 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
West Indies
Joel Wilson
England
Richard Illingworth
TV Umpire
Pakistan
Aleem Dar
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand
Chris Brown
Match Referee
New Zealand
Jeff Crowe
PointsSri Lanka 2, Netherlands 0
Language
English
Hindi
Win Probability
SL 100%
NEDSL
100%50%100%NED InningsSL Innings

Over 8 • SL 45/2

Sri Lanka won by 8 wickets (with 77 balls remaining)
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AUS54181.216
SA54180.739
SL5234-0.269
WI5142-1.641
BAN5050-2.383
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NZ54181.162
IND53261.747
AFG52341.053
NAM5142-1.890
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NAM3214-0.523
IRE3122-0.853
NED3030-2.460
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BAN32141.733
OMA3122-0.025
PNG3030-2.655