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2nd T20 (N), Al Amerat, October 09, 2021, Sri Lanka tour of Oman
(17.3/20 ov, T:160) 163/5

Sri Lanka won by 5 wickets (with 15 balls remaining)


Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne steer Sri Lanka to 2-0 series win

Oman had put up 159 for 8 on the back of Aqib Ilyas' 38-ball 59

Bhanuka Rajapaksa pulls one down, Sri Lanka vs South Africa, 2nd T20I, Colombo, September 12, 2021

File pic: Bhanuka Rajapaksa hit two sixes for his 21-ball 35  •  AFP/Getty Images

Sri Lanka 163 for 5 (Rajapaksa 35*, Karunaratne 35*, Nadeem 2-22) beat Oman 159 for 8 (Ilyas 59, Kumara 2-20, Karunaratne 2-39) by five wickets
An unbroken 74-run partnership between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne helped Sri Lanka recover from a precarious position and complete a five-wicket win against Oman in Al Amerat. With the victory, Sri Lanka also sealed the two-match T20 series 2-0.
Chasing 160, Sri Lanka seemed to be cruising at 87 for 2 by the 10th over thanks to Avishka Fernando's 18-ball 33, but Oman clawed their way back into the game with three wickets in the space of eight deliveries. Fast bowler Mohammad Nadeem's double-strike left the visitors reeling at 89 for 5, but Rajapaksa and Karunaratne stabilised the innings, their sixth-wicket stand eventually seeing the team home with 15 deliveries to spare. Rajapaksa slammed two sixes during his 21-ball 35, while Chamika Karunaratne carted three sixes in his 26-ball 35.
Earlier, Oman, asked to bat, had put up 159 for 8 on the back of a half-century from No. 3 Aqib Ilyas. He stroked three fours and four sixes for his 38-ball 59, and shared a 59-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ayaan Khan, taking the team to a promising 134 for 3. However, Ilyas' dismissal in the 17th over triggered a slide, as Oman slumped from 134 for 3 to 142 for 7.
Lahiru Kumara was the pick of Sri Lanka's bowlers, finishing with figures of 4-1-20-2, while Karunaratne also chipped in with two wickets, including the key scalp of Ilyas.

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