Kusal Mendis made a brilliant fifty and Wanindu Hasaranga picked up 3 wickets as Sri Lanka booked a place in the Super 12s of the T20 World Cup with a 16-run win vs Netherlands, as per Reuters.
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Mendis slammed 79 from 44 to help Sri Lanka post 162 for six before Hasaranga played a role to restrict Netherlands to 146 for nine.
Sri Lanka lost to Namibia in their first qualifier but came back to beat UAE.
“We knew that when we came to the World Cup we would be the favourites in this group,” said skipper Dasun Shanaka.
“Unfortunately we missed out in the first game, but we regrouped and we came back strong,” he added.
“I thought the wicket wasn’t easy to bat on, it was a bit two-faced. So I thought in the first 10 overs we were able to control the scoring rate really well,” he went on to say.
Sri Lanka won the Asia Cup a month back and it was unfortunate they needed to qualify for a place in the Super 12s. Now that they have, it is wonderful news for the tournament.
The Super 12 phase starts on October 22.