Sri Lanka assured themselves a top three finish beating the hapless Zimbabwe unit by 151 runs in the Red Bull Campus Cricket World Finals 2018 match today (26th) at NCC grounds.
Sri Lanka made 179/6 batting first, thanks to a solid half century from all-rounder Janith Liyanage. Wicket-keeper batsman Malindu Maduranga showed ominous form making 39, while Hashan Dumindu made 25.
Tawanda Charumbira captured 3/09 for Zimbabwe to pull things back, while Anele Ngwenya chipped in with two wickets.
Zimbabwe having lost all their matches in the tournament so far was bowled out for a record low total of just 28 in 8.5 over’s.
Janith Liyanage picked up his second hat-trick of the tournament going on to register astonishing figures of 7/06, with the Zimbabweans clueless against his swing and seam bowling.
The win ensured Sri Lanka a place in the play-off scheduled to be played on Friday 28th, to be shown on ThePapare.com. Sri Lanka is most likely to meet Pakistan whom they will meet in their final group stage match tomorrow.
Sri Lanka 179/6 (20 overs) Janith Liyanage 66, Malindu Maduranga 39, Hashan Dumindu 25, Tawanda Charumbira 3/09, Anele Ngwenya 2/27
Zimbabwe 28 (8.5 overs) Mzingaye Mdlongwa 8, Janith Liyanage 7/06, Koshan Danushka 2/01
UAE vs India
UAE gave India, the only unbeaten team in the tournament a scare before going down by three wickets in a thrilling encounter at the NCC.
UAE posted 139/8 batting first with Mehdii Aasaria top scoring with 30, while Shubham Taiswal and Divyang Hingekar captured two wickets apiece for India.
Aasaria wasn’t done for the day, as he brought UAE right back into the game with top figures of 5/22, but it was not enough to stop the strong Indian team from getting over the line.
United Arab Emirates 139/8 (20 over’s) Imaad Mushtaq 29, Mehdii Aasaria 30, Syed Faizan Ahmed 27, Shubham Taiswal 2/17, Divyang Hingekar 2/21
India 144/7 (18.1 over’s) Omkar Khatpe 28, Shubham Nagawade 22, Yash Nahar 19, Mehdii Aasaria 5/22
Pakistan vs Bangladesh
Pakistan were bowled out inside 20 over’s for 156, but fought back strongly to bowl out Bangladesh for 107 to confirm their place in the top three positions.
Khurram Shahzad was the star for Pakistan once again with a half century, while Arifur Rahman and Rahi Hassan picked up three wickets apiece for Bangladesh.
Bangladesh stumbled badly in their run chase with Muhammad Asad all over them, returning top figures of 3/10. Shahzad capped of a decent all-round effort, chipping in with two wickets.
Pakistan and Sri Lanka have won three out of four matches so far, and will meet tomorrow in their respective final matches of the group stage.
Pakistan 156 (19.3 over’s) Khurram Shahzad 58, Shahzar Hassan 32, Arifur Rahman 3/28, Rahi Hassan 3/36
Bangladesh 107 (17.5 over’s) Shabab Jamil 23, Inzamam Ul Haque 25, Muhammad Asad 3/10, Khurram Shahzad 2/12