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38th Match, Group D (N), Gros Islet, June 16, 2024, ICC Men's T20 World Cup
(16.4/20 ov, T:202) 118

Sri Lanka won by 83 runs

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46 (21) & 2 catches
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Netherlands knocked out after Bangladesh beat Nepal; SL sign off with win

Netherlands folded for 118 in their chase of 202 as SL's varied attack proved too tough to handle

Charith Asalanka hit five sixes, Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, T20 World Cup 2024, Gros Islet, June 16, 2024

Charith Asalanka hit five sixes to power Sri Lanka  •  Associated Press

Sri Lanka 201 for 6 (Kusal Mendis 46, Asalanka 46, van Beek 2-45) beat Netherlands 118 (Edwards 31, Levitt 31, Thushara 3-24, Pathirana 2-12, Hasaranga 2-25) by 83 runs
Sri Lanka ended their 2024 T20 World Cup campaign in a resounding fashion with a dominant 83-run win over Netherlands in Gros Islet. It meant they ended on three points and third place in Group D behind South Africa and Bangladesh, who had confirmed their place in the Super Eight after beating Nepal in Kingstown.
Sri Lanka's victory set up by their batters and finished off clinically by the bowlers. Nuwan Thushara was the pick of the bunch with figures of 3 for 24, but each of Maheesh Theekshana, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka and Matheesha Pathirana also got in on the act as Netherlands were knocked out and bowled out 118 in chase of 202.
Charith Asalanka had led the way for Sri Lanka with a blistering 46 off 21, which itself followed solid efforts from Kusal Mendis (46 off 29) and Dhananjaya de Silva (34 off 26). Jet fuel was then poured on proceedings by Angelo Mathews (30 off 15) and Hasaranga (20 off six), as Sri Lanka became just the second team to breach 200 this tournament.
Netherlands briefly flirted with an improbable chase when Michael Levitt was going strong in the powerplay, but once the first wicket fell the rest offered up little resistance as Sri Lanka's varied attack proved too tough to handle.

Sri Lanka keep things ticking

Losing Pathum Nissanka second ball put paid to any notion that Sri Lanka might come out all guns blazing, but a steady rotation of strike in the powerplay mitigated the lack of early boundary striking - the powerplay saw four fours and a solitary six, but they managed to score 45 runs despite losing two wickets.
By the end of the tenth over Sri Lanka's boundary count remained in single digits, but the continued consistent running between the wickets ensured that they maintained a healthy run rate. Between overs seven and ten only two boundaries were struck, but Sri Lanka nevertheless found themselves at a healthy 74 for 2 at the halfway stage of their innings.
A shift in gears was however necessary on a ground in which 181 was chased down just a day prior, and this occurred swiftly and suddenly in the 13th over, as Dhananjaya pounded Paul van Meekeren for three consecutive boundaries - using the strong cross breeze to great effect.

SL batters arrive…belatedly

Sri Lanka's batting had been under heavy scrutiny coming into this game, particularly their middle order, which had been guilty of not showing enough intent and purpose. Here though they fired on all cylinders.
From the 13th to the 20th over only one of those went without a six being scored, as Sri Lanka plundered 77 runs off the final five overs. Asalanka, Mathews and Hasaranga all had impressive showings, feasting on the Dutch bowlers' inability to nail their lengths with most deliveries proving either too full or too short.
The result was a score that was always likely to be a stretch too far against this Sri Lanka bowling attack.

Leave it to Levitt

He might have had only 12 T20Is to his name, but 20-year-old Michael Levitt had already made quite the impression, having made his debut earlier this year. Leading up to this game, in just 12 T20Is he had already racked up 368 runs at an average of 33.45 and strike rate of 150.20, including two fifties and a century.
Regardless of opposition those are impressive numbers, and here against a challenging Sri Lankan attack, he (briefly) lived up to the hype. He took on both Thushara and Theekshana in his 23-ball 31, the highlight of which was a sumptuous back-foot lofted-cover drive off the latter for six.
His inexperience showed when he charged and was stumped off Theekshana, but the future certainly does seem to be bright for the youngster.

SL bowlers take over

Levitt 's wicket towards the end of the powerplay followed Max O'Dowd's an over prior. It meant two new batters were at the crease, but the required run-rate remained as steep as ever. What followed was a crash course in intent without execution.
Vikramjit Singh fell pulling as Kamindu Mendis completed a very unique bobbling, juggling catch, while Sybrand Engelbrecht - having managed a sweet straight six off Hasaranga - would fall a short while later trying the same off Matheesha Pathirana Pathirana.
A double-strike an over later from Hasaranga then suddenly left Netherlands reeling on 71 for 6. Scott Edwards hung around for a stubborn 31 off 24, but wickets kept falling around him as Netherlands were eventually bundled out in the 17th over.

Win Probability
SL 100%
100%50%100%SL InningsNED Innings

Over 17 • NED 118/10

Scott Edwards c Theekshana b Thushara 31 (24b 2x4 1x6 40m) SR: 129.16
Paul van Meekeren lbw b Thushara 3 (8b 0x4 0x6 11m) SR: 37.5
Sri Lanka won by 83 runs
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