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Kumara, Rajapaksa and Karunaratne give Sri Lanka series win

Sri Lanka tour of Oman | 2nd T20

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An unbeaten 74-run stand between Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne and a spirited bowling performance spearheaded by Lahiru Kumara saw Sri Lanka clinch a 5-wicket win over Oman in the second T20.

Dasun Shanka won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first. The visitors made two changes to the side bringing in Charith Asalanka and Binura Fernando, leaving out Kamindu Mendis and injured Nuwan Pradeep.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka(c), Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya,

Oman (Playing XI): Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood(c), Mohammad Nadeem, Ayan Khan, Sandeep Goud, Naseem Khushi(w), Kaleemullah, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan

Binura Fernando and Lahiru Kumara shared the new ball for the visitors and gave a decent start, restricting Oman to 23 for 1 in their combined spell of 4 overs upfront.

However, Oman’s number three batter Aqib Iliyas and number four batter Zeeshan Maqsood tried to take the game away from the visitors with a quick 39-run partnership off 23 balls but a stunning catch by Binura Fernando at short fine-leg pushed Oman onto the backfoot at 77 for 3 after 10 overs.

Read: Fernando, Shanaka and Kumara star in hard-fought win against Oman

The Sri Lankan bowlers continued to put pressure on the hosts’ batters but a late blitz provided by Iliyas helped them post a respectable total of 159 runs.

Iliyas made a blistering 60 off 38 balls with 3 fours and 4 sixes, giving his team a fighting chance. Lahiru Kumara and Chamika Karunaratne were the pick of the bowlers for the visitors as they bagged 2 wickets each.

Chasing 160 runs to win, Sri Lanka got off to a decent start, putting on 40 runs in the first 4 overs but lost opener Dinesh Chandimal and one drop Charith Asalanka in the process. Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando then built an impressive partnership of 47 runs off 30 balls for the third wicket.

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The resurrection was followed by a collapse as Sri Lanka lost 3 wickets in 8 balls just as they were looking comfortable, stumbling to 89/5 in 11 overs.

Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Chamika Karunaratne then built a match-winning 74-run partnership for the sixth wicket, guiding Sri Lanka to a 5-wicket win in the end.

Result
Sri Lanka
163/5 (17.3)
Oman
159/8 (20)
Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Jatinder Singh b Binura Fernando 5 12 1 0 41.67
Kashyap Prajapati c & b Chamika Karunaratne 22 19 1 2 115.79
Aqib Ilyas c Dasun Shanaka b Chamika Karunaratne 59 38 3 4 155.26
Zeeshan Maqsood c Binura Fernando b Maheesh Theekshana 16 8 0 2 200.00
Ayaan Khan b Lahiru Kumara 20 26 0 0 76.92
Naseem Khushi b Lahiru Kumara 6 2 0 1 300.00
Sandeep Goud c Avishka Fernando b Dasun Shanaka 12 8 2 0 150.00
Mohammad Nadeem run out () 0 1 0 0 0.00
Fayyaz Butt not out 3 5 0 0 60.00
Kaleemullah not out 1 1 0 0 100.00
Extras 15 (b 5 , lb 5 , nb 0, w 5, pen 0)
Total 159/8 (20 Overs, RR: 7.95)
Fall of Wickets 1-15 (2.6) Jatinder Singh, 2-36 (5.2) Kashyap Prajapati, 3-75 (9.1) Zeeshan Maqsood, 4-134 (16.5) Aqib Ilyas, 5-141 (17.2) Naseem Khushi, 6-142 (17.4) Ayaan Khan, 7-142 (17.5) Mohammad Nadeem, 8-157 (19.4) Sandeep Goud,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Binura Fernando 2 0 9 1 4.50
Lahiru Kumara 4 1 20 2 5.00
Maheesh Theekshana 4 0 24 1 6.00
Chamika Karunaratne 4 0 39 2 9.75
Akila Dananjaya 3 0 33 0 11.00
Dasun Shanaka 3 0 24 1 8.00

Batsmen R B 4s 6s SR
Pathum Nissanka lbw b Kaleemullah 26 29 3 0 89.66
Dinesh Chandimal c Ayaan Khan b Fayyaz Butt 18 8 1 2 225.00
Charith Asalanka c Fayyaz Butt b Zeeshan Maqsood 5 4 4 0 125.00
Avishka Fernando lbw b Mohammad Nadeem 33 18 0 2 183.33
Bhanuka Rajapaksa not out 35 31 0 2 112.90
Dasun Shanaka c Naseem Khushi b Mohammad Nadeem 0 2 0 0 0.00
Chamika Karunaratne not out 35 26 0 3 134.62
Extras 11 (b 1 , lb 3 , nb 3, w 4, pen 0)
Total 163/5 (17.3 Overs, RR: 9.31)
Fall of Wickets 1-25 (2.4) Dinesh Chandimal, 2-40 (4.2) Charith Asalanka, 3-87 (9.2) Pathum Nissanka, 4-89 (10.1) Avishka Fernando, 5-89 (10.3) Dasun Shanaka,
Bowling O M R W Econ
Kaleemullah 3.3 0 31 1 9.39
Bilal Khan 3 0 25 0 8.33
Fayyaz Butt 3 0 30 1 10.00
Zeeshan Maqsood 4 0 38 1 9.50
Ayaan Khan 1 0 13 0 13.00
Mohammad Nadeem 3 1 22 2 7.33