In a thrilling match at the Ekana Sports City in Lucknow, Sri Lanka Secures First Win in the ongoing ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 by beating the Netherlands with 5 wickets to spare. This triumph, led by skipper Kusal Mendis, was a much-needed boost for the Sri Lankan team, who had been facing a tough run of form in the tournament.
The Netherlands Sets a Target
The Netherlands, captained by Scott Edwards, won the toss and chose to bat first. They managed to post a total of 262 runs in their allotted 49.5 overs before being all out. The standout performers for the Dutch team were Sybrand Engelbrecht, who scored 70 runs, and Logan van Beek, who contributed 59 runs. However, Sri Lanka’s bowlers, including Dilshan Madushanka and Kasun Rajitha with four wickets each, along with Maheesh Theekshana, who picked up one wicket, kept the pressure on the Dutch batsmen.
Sri Lanka’s Chase: Sri Lanka Secures First Win
Chasing a target of 263, Sri Lanka’s batting innings started steadily but encountered some hiccups along the way, losing three important wickets in quick succession. However, solid partnerships were formed, primarily between Pathum Nissanka (54), Sadeera Samarawickrama (91*), and Charith Asalanka (44). These partnerships were crucial in steering Sri Lanka to a hard-fought 5-wicket victory against the Netherlands.
This victory not only brought joy to the Sri Lankan camp but also elevated their position in the ICC points tally. As of now, Sri Lanka stands at number 9 with 2 points. Despite their win against the Netherlands, they remain below their Dutch counterparts due to a difference in Net Run Rate (NRR). Sri Lanka has played four matches in the tournament and has managed to secure just one win.
The Netherlands had previously produced a significant upset by defeating South Africa by 38 runs on October 17. This victory showcased their potential in the tournament as they batted first and scored 245/8 in 43 overs, with the Proteas being all out at 207. So far, the Netherlands has played three matches, winning one and losing two.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka, despite their best efforts, had faced defeat in all three of their previous matches. They were defeated by Australia by 5 wickets in their prior encounter.
In their encounters so far, the Netherlands has struggled against Sri Lanka in One-Day Internationals (ODIs). They have faced Sri Lanka five times in ODIs, without managing to secure a victory. Their most recent clash in July 2023 saw Sri Lanka win by a significant margin of 128 runs.
Here are the final XIs of both teams in this crucial encounter:
Netherlands Final XI: Max O’Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (C and WK), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, and Paul van Meekeren.
Sri Lanka Final XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C and WK), Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, and Dilshan Madushanka.
The match was packed with action, and there were several standout moments, including maiden ODI fifties for players from both teams and crucial partnerships that determined the outcome of the match.
The Netherlands started their innings cautiously and reached 48/2 during the power play. However, they faced consistent pressure from Sri Lanka’s bowlers.
Sri Lanka, in response, displayed determination during their chase. Pathum Nissanka reached his half-century, and Sadeera Samarawickrama also achieved a significant milestone by scoring his sixth ODI half-century.
The final moments of the match were intense, as Sri Lanka successfully chased down the 263-run target with just 10 balls remaining.
Player of the Match
Sadeera Samarawickrama was awarded the Player of the Match for his exceptional performance, which played a vital role in Sri Lanka’s victory.
In this thrilling encounter, Sri Lanka showcased their resilience and ability to overcome challenging situations. This win will undoubtedly boost their confidence as they continue their journey in the ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023, while the Netherlands will be looking to bounce back in the upcoming matches.