Dale Steyn runs Ross Taylor out off the last ball of the match to earn South Africa a two-run win over New Zealand, in Chittagong, on Monday
Calcutta: As they say, it was short and simple for Sri Lanka, on Monday.
The Lankans were outright favourites to win their World T20 Super 10 match against the Netherlands, but not many would have guessed it to be so one-sided that Dinesh Chandimal’s team would go on to record the fastest ever victory in a T20 International.
Put into bat, the Netherlands could survive just 10.3 overs as they were shot out for just 39, the lowest ever completed innings total in a T20 International. The Lankans then took just 30 deliveries to chase down the target.
Tillekaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 12 and 11 respectively after opener Kusal Perera was out for 14 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.Sri Lanka’s win today was the largest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining as they overhauled the target by reaching 40 for one with 15 overs to spare.
With Monday’s win, their second on the trot, Sri Lanka are on top of Group 1 with four points from two matches.
The following are excerpts
Dinesh Chandimal: I’m very happy with our performance today. We bowled really well. Angelo Mathews gave us a good start and Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis finished it off. We have now won two matches and we are looking forward to our remaining two matches. We are keeping our fingers crossed because we want to win those two matches as well. Obviously, we won’t be underestimating any opposition in the tournament.
Peter Borren: We are very disappointed and we have let a few people down. It is not the first time we are playing at this level and it has never been this bad. It was a shameful performance.
Obviously Stephan Myburgh was going to play that way, but down the order it was quite bad. There were some very poor shot selections. We were always going to struggle against top quality bowlers like Malinga and Mendis, but that is no excuse.
Angelo Mathews (MoM): The wicket was a little bit two paced and all the bowlers came into the party. Malinga and Mendis were exceptional. They have landed the balls in the correct spots and built pressure on the batsmen. That’s what I tried to do as well.