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S/Lanka back on track after beating UAE

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Dushmantha Chameera led Sri Lanka’s spirited display of fast bowling against the United Arab Emirates with three wickets at the T20 World Cup in Geelong yesterday as the former champions got their campaign back on track with a comprehensive 79 run victory . Fly-half Pathum Nissanka compiled a responsible 74 to help Sri Lanka score 152-8 after a hat-trick from spinner Karthik Meiyappan derailed the Asian Cup champions, who had suffered a 55-point thrashing by Namibia in their opening match. The United Arab Emirates got off to a disastrous start in their pursuit and were reduced to 21-4 in the first six overs of the power play, with Chameera doing most of the damage for the 2014 champions picking up three wickets in their first two overs. They never recovered from the false start and were carried away for 73 as Sri Lanka bounced back from their first defeat.

However, Sri Lanka will be keeping their fingers crossed over the fitness of Chameera, who missed the Asian Cup with a leg injury and limped off the pitch yesterday after pulling out of his momentum while delivering the last ball from his fourth over.

Wanindu Hasaranga also made a significant impact for Sri Lanka with his leg spin, picking up three wickets for just eight runs. Earlier, the Netherlands suffered a loss of Dutch courage on the way to an agonizing five-wicket win over Namibia that took them one step closer to qualifying for the Super 12 stage.

The Netherlands, who edged out the United Arab Emirates in a tense opener on Sunday, take on Sri Lanka in their final Group A game tomorrow with the Emiratis taking on Namibia with two of the four sides advancing to the final. next phase. With over six overs remaining, the Netherlands were 92-2 chasing a modest 121-6 aggregate against Namibia but lost three wickets for 10 runs to turn the game into a tough one.

With six runs required in the final, man of the match Bas de Leede (30 not eliminated) smashed versatile fast bowler David Wiese over his head for four and knocked two more to the ground to win the victory with three bullets to spare.

It was a big disappointment for Namibia, however, against the Dutch after their stunning demolition of Sri Lanka at the same venue on Sunday.

Namibia won the toss and opted to strike, but were down to 3-32 before the power play ended and never recovered despite 43 from the versatile Jan Frylinck.