SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup

SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup
SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup

SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup: Maheesh Theekshana’s three-wicket haul backed up by a 42-run knock by Bhanuka Rajapaksa helped Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by seven wickets in Group A of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Chasing 97, Sri Lanka did not get off to an ideal start as the side lost the wicket of Kusal Perera (11) in the second over of the innings. Soon after, Pathum Nissanka (5) was sent back to the pavilion by Bernard Scholtz and Sri Lanka was reduced to 18/2 in the third over. JJ Smit then got the better of Dinesh Chandimal (5) and Sri Lanka’s innings was left reeling at 26/3 and the side was in a dire need of a partnership. Bhanuka Rajapaksa (*) and Avishka Fernando (*) then got together at the crease and the duo revived the innings for Sri Lanka. Both batters ensured Sri Lanka does not suffer from more hiccups, taking the side over the line by seven wickets with 39 balls to spare.

SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup

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Earlier, Theekshana’s three-wicket haul helped Sri Lanka bundle out Namibia for 96. Sent into bat, Namibia got off to a bad start as Theekshana dismissed Stephan Baard (7) in the third over of the innings. Zane Green (8) was also sent back to the pavilion by Theekshana and Namibia was reduced to 29/2 in the 6th over. Craig Williams and skipper Gerhard Erasmus then put on 39 runs for the third wicket.

However, when the time came for acceleration, Erasmus (20) ended up losing his wicket to Lahiru Kumara. Soon after, Craig Williams (29) was dismissed by Wanindu Hasaranga and Namibia was reduced to 73/4 in the 14th over. Namibia kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and in the end, the side had to settle for a score of just over the 90-run mark.

Earlier in the day, Ireland defeated the Netherlands in Group A of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Stephan Baard c W Hasaranga b M Theekshana 7 11 1 0 63.64
Zane Green (WK) c D Shanaka b M Theekshana 8 13 0 0 61.54
Craig Williams lbw b W Hasaranga 29 36 0 2 80.56
Gerhard Erasmus (C) c W Hasaranga b L Kumara 20 19 2 0 105.26
David Wiese lbw b C Karunaratne 6 7 0 0 85.71
Jonathan Smit Not out 12 15 0 0 80.00
Jan Frylinck b M Theekshana 2 4 0 0 50.00
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton lbw b W Hasaranga 3 6 0 0 50.00
Ruben Trumpelmann c D Shanaka b PVD Chameera 1 3 0 0 33.33
Pikky Ya France b L Kumara 1 2 0 0 50.00
Bernard Scholtz runout (Pathum Nissanka / L Kumara) 0 2 0 0 0.00
Extra 7 (b 0, w 4, nb 1, lb 2)
Total 96/10 (19.3)
BOWLING O M R W ECON
Chamika Karunaratne 4 0 17 1 4.25
Dushmantha Chameera 4 0 19 1 4.75
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 25 3 6.25
Lahiru Kumara 3.3 0 9 2 2.57
Wanindu Hasaranga 4 0 24 2 6.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
Stephan Baard 1-10 2.1
Zane Green 2-29 5.4
Gerhard Erasmus 3-68 12.2
Craig Williams 4-73 13.3
D Wiese 5-79 14.3
Jan Frylinck 6-84 15.4
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 7-90 17.3
R Trumpelmann 8-93 18.3
Pikky Ya France 9-96 19.1
Bernard Scholtz 10-96 19.3
Batsmen R B 4S 6S SR
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Bernard Scholtz 5 6 0 0 83.33
Kusal Perera (WK) c Jonathan Smit b R Trumpelmann 11 8 2 0 137.50
Dinesh Chandimal c Zane Green b Jonathan Smit 5 12 0 0 41.67
Avishka Fernando Not out 30 28 0 2 107.14
Bhanuka Rajapaksa Not out 42 27 4 2 155.56
Extra 7 (b 0, w 3, nb 0, lb 4)
Total 100/3 (13.3)
Yet To Bat D ShanakaW HasarangaPVD ChameeraL KumaraC KarunaratneM Theekshana
BOWLING O M R W ECON
David Wiese 2 0 11 0 5.50
Ruben Trumpelmann 3 0 27 1 9.00
Bernard Scholtz 3 0 16 1 5.33
Jonathan Smit 1 0 7 1 7.00
Pikky Ya France 1 0 6 0 6.00
Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton 1 0 7 0 7.00
Jan Frylinck 1.3 0 17 0 11.33
Gerhard Erasmus 1 0 5 0 5.00
Fall Of Wickets FOW Over
K Perera 1-14 1.5
Pathum Nissanka 2-18 2.6
LD Chandimal 3-26 5.1

SL beat NAM: Rajapaksa, Theekshana helps Sri Lanka defeat Namibia by three wickets in opener as SL chases a spot in T20 World Cup

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