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Sri Lanka vs Netherlands Highlights


Cricket  •  10 Jul, 2023  •  2,030 Views  •  ⭐ 5.0

Written by Anand Swami


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In the heartland of Zimbabwe's Harare, a cricket match, both thrilling and engaging, marked the final chapter of the ICC World Cup 2023 qualifiers. The final stage was set between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands. The clash wasn't just for the trophy; it was also a quest for honour and a mark of dominance as both teams aimed to finish on a high note after securing their spots for the World Cup.

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The Dutch, who won the toss and opted to field first, did their best to restrict Sri Lanka to a modest score of 233 within 48 overs. The strategy seemed solid; the execution, however, was another story. The Netherlands couldn't stand up to the challenge that Sri Lanka posed during the second innings.

The Unexpected Collapse

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The Netherlands' batting line-up was never quite in the game. They found themselves reeling at 39-3 early on, with Dilshan Madushanka, the hero of the match, claiming three wickets. This early blow triggered a collapse that saw the Dutch side bowled out for a meagre 105 in a little over 23 overs. Apart from Max O'Dowd and Logan van Beek, none of the Dutch players managed to cross the 20-run mark – a disappointing batting card indeed.

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Sri Lanka's Bowling Masterclass

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Despite being bundled out for a seemingly below-par score, the Lankan bowlers stepped up to defend their total. Madushanka started the attack, claiming three crucial wickets. The spinning pair of Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana were the next to unleash their magic, sharing six wickets between them and keeping the Netherlands at bay. It was this top-notch performance that ensured Sri Lanka's undefeated run and the trophy.

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