Sri Lanka ended their T20 World Cup campaign by beating Netherlands by 83 runs.

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Sri Lanka finally proved their mettle and ended their T20 World Cup campaign by beating Netherlands by 83 runs in their final Group D match. Sri Lanka scored 201 for 6 with the help of useful innings from Kusal Mendis (46) and Charith Aslanka (46) after being invited to bat first. In reply, the Netherlands team was bowled out for 118 runs in 16.4 overs. For Sri Lanka, Nuwan Tushara took three wickets for 24 runs while Mathisha Pathirana (2 for 12 runs) and captain Wanindu Hasranga (2 for 25 runs) took two wickets each.

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The Sri Lankan team looked in good form in this match and performed well in all departments of the game but it was too late and the team was already out of the Super-8 race.

Mendis hit five fours in his 29-ball innings in Sri Lanka’s top order but it was the middle order batsmen who performed well in this match. Veteran Angelo Mathews scored an unbeaten 30 off 15 balls and captain Hasaranga scored an unbeaten 20 off 10 balls but Aslanka played a torrid innings of 46 off 21 balls which included one four and five sixes.

Aslanka epitomized his power hitting for which he was adjudged Man of the Match.

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Aslanka said after the match, “The conditions here were much better than in America. Batting at number five might not be easy but we adjusted well to the conditions. We were a little disappointed with the results of the first two matches but in the end we played well.

Chasing the target, Netherlands openers Michael Levitt (31) and Max O’Dowd (11) added 45 runs in just 4.2 overs but their team could not put up a fight once the partnership broke. Captain Scott Edwards scored 31 runs but this narrowed the margin of defeat.

Edwards said after the match, “We played well in bits and pieces throughout the tournament and missed the chance to win three matches. In batting, we needed a batsman who could play big innings. None of our batsmen could do this.

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