Sri Lanka defeat UAE by 79 runs to maintain T20 WC hopes.

Sri Lanka defeated the United Arab Emirates (UAE) by 79 runs to keep their ICC T20 World Cup dreams alive.

With a thumping win, Sri Lanka has now gone past the Netherlands in the net run rate and a win in the next game will make them break through to the next group.

In today’s game, the UAE elected to field first after winning the toss against Sri Lanka in Geelong. 

Sri Lanka posted 152 for a loss of 08 wickets in their allotted 20 overs. 

A stellar performance by Pathum Nissanka saw him top scoring with a splendid knock of 72 off 60 balls, while Dhanajaya de Silva contributed with 33 off 21 balls, and Kusal Mendis 18 off 13 balls. 

Sri Lanka Skipper Dasun Shanaka and Charith Asalanka were sent off for ducks, while the rest scored paltry scores of less than 10 runs each. 

The UAE’s Karthik Meyyappan took the first hat-trick of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 picking up the wickets of Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka, and Dasun Shanaka. 

Zahoor Khan bagged two wickets, while Afzal Khan and Aryan Lakra picked up one wicket each.

Chasing a target of 153, the UAE were all out for 73 runs in 17.1 overs. 

Afzal Khan top-scored with 19 runs, Junaid Siddique contributed with 18 off 16 balls, and Chirag Suri with 14 runs, while the rest scored less than 10 runs each.

Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera were the key wicket-takers bagging 3 wickets each.

Maheesh Theekshana picked up 2 wickets, while Pramod Madushan and skipper Dasun Shanaka bagged one wicket each. 

Sri Lanka will next take on the Netherlands on Thursday, 20th in Geelong. 

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