ICC T20 World Cup: Bowlers run riot as Sri Lanka beat UAE by 79 runs, keep Super-12 hopes alive


Fast-bowler Dushmanta Chameera led Sri Lanka’s bowling attack as they ran through UAE’s batting line-up, beating them by 79 runs in Geelong. Pathan Nissanka scored a pivotal half-century in the first innings as Sri Lanka registered a crucial win in Group-A, keeping their Super-12 hopes alive in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

India Today Web Desk

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 18, 2022 17:07 IST

Nissanka, Chameera shine in Sri Lanka’s win over UAE (AP)

By India Today Web Desk:

Fast-bowler Dushmanta Chameera led Sri Lanka’s bowling attack as they ran through UAE’s batting line-up, beating them by 79 runs in Geelong. Pathan Nissanka scored a pivotal half-century in the first innings as Sri Lanka registered a crucial win in Group-A, keeping their Super-12 hopes alive in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

In what was a must-win game for both sides, UAE won the toss and chose to field first in Geelong. Sri Lanka got off a positive start with openers Kusal Mendis and Pathan Nissanka scoring at a healthy rate. But Mendis couldn’t hold onto his wicket for long and was dismissed by Aryan Lakra in the fifth over. Then, Dhananjaya de Silva joined Nissanka as the pair put up a well-paced 50-run partnership, before de Silva had to return to the pavilion after being run out.

With the Lankans looking comfortable in the 15th over, Karthik Meiyappan struck the first hat-trick of this T20 World Cup, removing Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka and Dasun Shanaka from the crease. This moment changed the game for UAE, who restricted the rest of the Sri Lankan batters to single figures. However, Nissanka stuck around till the final over, scoring 74 runs off 60 balls to help Sri Lanka post a total of 152/8 after 20 overs.

In the second innings, the 2014 T20 World champions came out with a vengeance, destroying UAE’s top-and middle order. Dushmanta Chameera was lethal in the powerplay and got rid of Muhammad Waseem, Aryan Lakra and captain Chundangapoyil Rizwan to peg UAE back. Chirag Suri tried to get going but was dismissed by Pramod Madushan after scoring 14 runs.

Vriitya Aravind and Basil Hameed fell in quick succession as well, after failing to reach double figures. Wanindu Hasaranga then got rid of Kashif Daud, leaving UAE at 50 for 7 after 13 overs. Maheesh Theekshana then saw off Karthik Meiyappan before Hasaranga claimed his third wicket in the form of Aayan Afzal Khan. Junaid Siddique tried to provide a final flourish for UAE but couldn’t make much difference as Sri Lanka bowled them out for 73 runs after 17.1 overs, and ended up losing the match by 79 runs.

Sri Lanka will now face the Netherlands in their final Group-A match on October 20.





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