Maheesh Theekshana picked up a wicket off his 1st delivery in World Cups, dismissing Namibia’s Stephan Baard for 7 in Sri Lanka’s World Cup opener.
With Sri Lanka tottering on 8/3, Wanindu Hasaranga and Pathum Nissanka put on a match-winning 123 runs off 82 balls for the 4th wicket against Ireland.
Lahiru Kumara and Wanindu Hasaranga picked up 3/7 and 3/9 respectively to bowl the Netherlands out for 44, the 2nd lowest total at T20 World Cups.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan was looking dangerous when Chamika Karunaratne produced a peach of a delivery to dismiss the left-hander and hand Sri Lanka back the advantage.
Reduced to 79/4 in their chase of 171, Sri Lanka needed a big partnership – it came through the bats of Charith Asalanka and Bhanuka Rajapaske who put on 86 off 52 against Bangladesh.
Dushmantha Chameera reacts as Kusal Perera dropped a sitter off the gloves of David Warner during the Sri Lanka vs Australia game. Warner was on 18 at that point and went on to score 65 as Australia chased down 154.
Wanindu Hasaranga dismissed South Africa’s Aiden Markram (14.6), Temba Bavuma (17.1) and Dwaine Pretorius (17.2), to pull Sri Lanka back into the game against the Proteas.
Defending 15 in the last over, Lahiru Kumara conceded two sixes and a four to South African pair David Miller and Kagiso Rabada. Here he is seen comforted by his captain Dasun Shanaka and Avishka Fernando.
Thanks to 2 wickets from Wanindu Hasaranga and 1 from Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lanka managed to restrict the power packed English side to 36/3 in the powerplay.
Chasing a very gettable 163, in form batter Pathum Nissanka was run-out in the 1st over of the Sri Lankan innings.
Wanindu Hasaranga and captain Dasun Shanaka kept Sri Lanka’s hopes of a win against England alive with a 53(36)-run partnership for the 6th wicket.
Put into bat first and having lost Kusal Perera early on, Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka put on 91 off 61 for the 2nd wicket against the West Indies.
Binura Fernando rocked the West Indies chase of 189 with 2 wickets in his 1st over of the game. He dismissed both openers, Chris Gayle and Evin Lewis.
Chamika Karunaratne executed Sri Lanka’s plans to perfection against Andre Russell, to dismiss the big West Indian with a short delivery.
After 3 consecutive losses in the Super 12 round of the tournament, Sri Lanka ended their campaign on a high, with a comfortable 20-run win over the West Indies.