Fans, pundits and former cricketers lauded Sri Lanka Cricket Team for qualifying for the Super 12 stage of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. They while congratulating the Dasun Shanaka-led side said that urged them to never be in a qualifying situation again.
Sri Lanka thumps the Netherlands by 16 runs to qualify for the Super 12 stage
After an upset against Namibia in their opening game of the T20 World Cup 2022, Sri Lanka produced a magnificent performance to qualify for the Super 12 stage of the tournament. After pounding UAE, they defeated the Netherlands by 12 runs.
Opting to bat first, they went off a shaky start and also lost two quick wickets. But Kusal Mendis played a good part with bat and scored a brilliant 71 to take his side to the fighting total. He was complemented well by Charith Asalanka (31) and Bhanuka Rajapaksa (19) as the Shanaka-led side posted a total of 162 runs on the board.
Defending the target, they started off well with the ball and took quick wickets to leave the Netherlands tumbling at 123/9. But Max ODowd carried his bat throughout the innings and played a staggering inning of unbeaten 71 runs to keep his side in the hunt.
He almost Sri Lanka a scare but in the end, it was the bowlers who held their nerves and bowled well under pressure to bag the match for his side. Wanindu Hasaranga was the pick of the bowlers and returned with the figures of 3/28.
Twitterati reacts as Sri Lanka qualifies for the Super 12 stage of T20 World Cup 2022
Twitterati was in awe after Sri Lanka crushed the Netherlands to go through. They lauded the team for their brilliant performance, especially after their defeat in the first game. Here are some of the reactions:
Well tried, Max O'Dowd – 71* (53) in the run chase against Sri Lanka. Didn't get much strike early, but given his absolute best in the final stage. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to take Netherlands to Super 12s. pic.twitter.com/5xyOc1O0fR
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) October 20, 2022Advertisement
Terrific knock from Kusal Mendis, must win game for Sri Lanka and he stands tall – 79 runs from 44 balls including 5 fours & 5 sixes. pic.twitter.com/0dfQMrZOvCAdvertisement
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) October 20, 2022
Congratulations to Sri Lanka for qualifying to the super 12 under pressure. Let’s make sure we never have to go through this again boys !
— Sanath Jayasuriya (@Sanath07) October 20, 2022Advertisement
— Thurunu Jayasiri (@ThurunuJ) October 20, 2022
Delighted to see Kusal Mendis play like this. Sri Lanka lost a couple of years with him but he is still young. He is some player.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 20, 2022Advertisement
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) October 20, 2022
Congratulations for Sri Lanka
— Binu 💱🎼👑️ (@Binu58276301) October 20, 2022Advertisement
Srilanka will be a threat to both india and pak after asia cup.. Even though the match is in Australia… U can never underestimate them.. If they play better on match days they may again beat them..Advertisement
— Himanshi Pandey (@Himansh37677326) October 20, 2022
SL need to sharpen more for next round. Dutch gave a good fight.
— Ranjan (@jan_ram37) October 20, 2022Advertisement
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— Noreen (@i_norreennnn) October 20, 2022Advertisement
Kusal Mendis' classy half-century helped Sri Lanka beat the Netherlands by 16 runs in the ICC Men's T20 World Cup and confirm their berth in the Super 12 phase.Advertisement
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