Netherlands touch new low as SL romp home

Sri Lanka recorded the fastest ever victory in a Twenty20 International as they thrashed a hapless Netherlands by nine wickets in just five overs in a Group 1 Super 10 match of the World T20 on Monday.

Put into bat, Netherlands could survive just 10.3 overs as they were shot out for a miniscule 39, the lowest ever completed innings total in T20 International history and the Lankans took just 30 deliveries to chase down the target.

Tillakaratne Dilshan and Mahela Jayawardene remained unbeaten on 12 and 11 respectively after opener Kusal Perera was out for 14 in one of the most lopsided matches in cricket history. Sri Lanka’s win 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.

The previous largest margin of victory in terms of balls remaining in a Twenty20 International was Ireland’s 10-wicket victory over Kenya at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in March 2012, which was achieved with 76 balls (12.4 overs) to spare.

Lowest T20I totals in a com­pleted innings:
* The Netherlands: 39 vs     Sri Lanka (2014)    
* Kenya: 56 vs Afghanistan     (2013)
* Kenya: 67 vs Ireland          (2008)
* Ireland: 68 vs West Indies     (2010)
* Hong Kong: 69 vs Nepal             (2014)

Score board

NETHERLANDS

Myburgh c Malinga b K’ekara    0
Swart c S’kkara b Mathews    0
Barresi c Chandimal b Mathews    1
Tom Cooper lbw Mendis    16
Borren lbw Mathews    0
Ben Cooper (run out)    8
Bukhari b Malinga    4
Van Beek b Malinga    1
Seelaar c Mathews b Mendis    3
Van der Gugten (not out)    0
Malik lbw Mendis    0
Extras (LB- 6)    6
Total (all out, 10.3 overs)    39
Fall of wickets: 1-0, 2-1, 3-1, 4-9, 5-25, 6-33, 7-36, 8-39, 9-39.
Bowling: Kulasekara 2-2-0-1, Mathews 4-0-16-3, Malinga 2-0-5-2, Mendis 2.3-0-12-3.

SRI LANKA

K Perera c Swart b Jamil    14
Dilshan (not out)    12
Jayawardene (not out)    11
Extras (W-2, NB-1)    3
Total (for 1 wkt; 5 overs)    40
Fall of wickets: 1-20.
Bowling: Van der Gugten 3-0-22-0, Jamil 2-0-18-1.

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