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Sri Lanka crush Netherlands in World Twenty20

AFP, CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh

Sri Lanka crushed minnows the Netherlands by nine wickets after bowling their opponents out for the lowest-ever Twenty20 international total of 39 in Chittagong on Monday.

Ajantha Mendis took 3-12, Angelo Mathews grabbed 3-16 and Lasith Malinga grabbed 2-5, as the Netherlands suffered ignominy in their opening Group 1 Super-10 match at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Sri Lanka knocked off the target in just five overs for the loss of Kusal Perera for 14 — the biggest margin in balls spared, 90 in this case.

Tillakaratne Dilshan was 12 not out and Mahela Jayawardene was unbeaten on 11 as Sri Lanka had to hardly sweat for their second win in as many games after beating South Africa by five runs on Saturday.

It was a big embarrassment for the Netherlands, who made themselves proud for being the only Associate side to qualify for the Super-10 stage after their remarkable win over higher-ranked Ireland.

They were shot out in just 10.3 overs after Sri Lanka sent them in to bat on a flat batting pitch.

Amid the shambles, Tom Copper was the only batsman who reached double figures with 16, and his brother Ben Copper made 8 while the rest flopped.

The previous lowest total in a Twenty20 international was 56 made by Kenya against Afghanistan at Sharjah last year.

Five batsmen failed to score as the Netherlands, who qualified after beating Ireland in a high-scoring first round, were left embarrassed in their first big test.

Sri Lankan captain Dinesh Chandimal said Mathews did the initial damage.

“Angelo gave a good start, and Malinga and Ajantha finished it off. I am very happy. We won’t be underestimating any team,” he said.

The Dutch captain said his players were embarrassed.

“We let a few people down. It was just us representing the Associates and we’ve got to do a lot better,” Borren said.

“Everything was a bit of a rush. It’s not the first time the top order has played at this level and it’s not been this bad,” he said.

“It was always going to be a struggle for the lower order against Mendis and Malinga. The guys up in the dressing room are very embarrassed and hopefully we can show you guys in the next few games what we can really do,” he said.

Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara struck with the third ball of the match when he dismissed Stephan Myburgh, Netherlands’ hero in the match against Ireland with 63, to give a fright to the Netherlands.

Mathews then dismissed Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi in the second over to leave the Netherlands reeling at 1-3.

Skipper Peter Borren followed in Mathews’s next over for 0, before the Cooper brothers took the score to 25.

The Netherlands lost the their last six wickets for just 14 runs.

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