Crocodile Hasaranga (Getty Images)
Spinners Mahesh Theekshana and Wanin du Hasaranga won a seven-wicket overall victory over Sri Lanka’s debut Namibia in the first round of the Twenty20 World Cup on Monday.
Theekshana returned a number of 3-25 and Hasaranga took two wickets to help dismiss Namibia at 96 on her second Group A encounter of the day in Abu Dhabi.
Namibia hurt Sri Lanka with three wickets, but Abishka Fernando (30) and Banuka Rajapaksa (42) placed 74 undefeated stands and led the team home with a 13.3 over.
“I want to go through this qualifying stage. Everything went well,” skipper Dasun Shanaka said after the victory.
Shanaka praised the best player, Shana, saying, “He was great. He is training with his hometown Ajantha Mendis and can offer more in the future.”
The 21-year-old Theekshana’s off-spin and his carom ball bothered the opponent’s batter as he sent back both the opener and later bowled Jan Frylinck twice.
Sri Lanka had trouble 26-3 while batting, but left-handed Rajapaksa, who survived the 18-drop catch, defeated four fours and two sixs in a 27-ball blitzkrieg to relieve pressure.
Rajapaksa admitted that their top-level contradictions would be investigated before the rest of the game.
“I’m a little worried about the top-order batters. I’m struggling to get a run and not lose my wickets,” Rajapaksa told reporters.
“It wasn’t in our favor, but in the future we aim to correct the mistakes we made in past games.”
After Sri Lanka first selected the field, bowlers continued to hold the key to victory at Quickla Hirkumara, who chipped in with two wickets to bowl Namibia over 19.3.
Craig Williams and 29-year-old skippers Gerhard Erasmus (20) and JJ Smit (undefeated at 12) were the only three batters to manage the two numbers.
2014 Champion Sri Lanka tops the group table ahead of Ireland, who beat the Netherlands with seven wickets in the first match to witness Curtis Campher stealing four wickets with four balls. I am.
Sri Lanka Hammer Namibia at the T20 World Cup
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