Sri Lanka and the Netherlands have advanced to the ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 round. Sri Lanka defeated the Netherlands by 16 runs and qualified directly, whereas the Netherlands relied on the result of the match between the UAE and Namibia. UAE defeated Namibia by 7 runs to claim their first T20 World Cup victory, allowing the Netherlands to advance to the Super 12 stage.
Sri Lanka VS Netherlands Match report:-
The Netherlands spinners got off to a fantastic start with the ball in the powerplay. The wicket had a lot of grip and turn, making it difficult for Sri Lanka's opening pair to make runs. Sri Lanka hit 14 runs in the final over and concluded the powerplay at 36/0.
Paul van Meekeren removed Nissanka with a 146 kmph yorker and then dismissed Dhananjaya de Silva with the following ball. Sri Lanka were 60/2 after 10 overs, but Mendis and Asalanka put on a partnership that pushed them to 96/2 in 14 overs. Bas de Leede got Asalanka out, but Sri Lanka scored 13 runs in his over. Sri Lanka scored 24 runs in the final two overs. Mendis' 79 from 44 deliveries led Sri Lanka to 162 runs in 20 overs.
The Netherlands struggled with the bat as well, with Theekshana and Lahiru Kumara striking in the powerplay. After the powerplay, Netherlands were 40/2. Hasaranga struck in his first over, making things worse for the Netherlands. The Netherlands were losing wickets regularly, but Max ODowd kept them in the match. He scored 15 and 16 runs in the 18th and 19th overs, respectively. With 23 needed in the final over, ODowd only managed to score six runs, and the Netherlands lost the match by 16 runs.
Namibia VS UAE Match report:-
UAE defeated Namibia by 7 runs to claim their first-ever T20 World Cup win. UAE appeared to be on their way to victory when Namibia were 69 for 7 at one point, but David Wiese's 55 runs in 36 balls pushed the match to the final over, and Muhammad Waseem held his nerve to get his team over the line.
Batting first, UAE made a slow start, scoring 30 runs in the powerplay. Bernard Scholtz's wicket of Arvind in the ninth over provided his team its first breakthrough. In the tenth over, Muhammad Waseem shifted gears and hammered Jan Frylinck for a six and a four. Waseem was dismissed in the 15th over after reaching his half-century. UAE were 113/3 after the 17th over, but they scored 33 runs in the final two overs to set a target of 148 runs.
While chasing the target, Namibia also struggled with the bat. After the powerplay, they were 34/3, and they lost two more wickets in the eighth over. In the 13th over, Zahoor Khan dismissed Jan Frylinck and Zane Green. David Wiese and Ruben Trumpelmann put the pressure back on the UAE bowlers, scoring 70 runs in 42 balls. Nambia fell 7 runs short of the target in the last over, knocking them out of the tournament and allowing the Netherlands to progress to the Super 12s.