Rajitha & Madushanka scores to help the Netherlands reach 262. Electing to bat first, the Netherlands got off to a cautious start, losing Vikramjit Singh early to Chamika Karunaratne. However, Stephan Myburgh and Max O’Dowd steadied the ship with a 50-run partnership.
Following their swift dismissals, Cooper and de Leede put up a 102-run stand for the fourth wicket to help the Netherlands surpass the 200-run threshold.
Cooper was knocked for a well-made 83, but de Leede continued to bat strongly and reached his fifty-six before being bowled for 52.
In the death overs, Madushanka struck thrice to remove Pieter Seelaar, Logan van Beek, and Aryan Dutt, to restrict the Netherlands to 262 for 9.
Madushanka’s late strikes
Dilshan Madushanka was the pick of the Sri Lankan bowlers, finishing with figures of 3 for 42. His late strikes were crucial in pegging back the Netherlands and preventing them from posting a bigger total.
Madushanka’s first wicket came in the 48th over, when he had Seelaar caught behind for 12. He then dismissed van Beek and Dutt in the 50th over to complete a fine spell of bowling.
Netherlands’ middle-order shines
The Netherlands’ middle-order batsmen played a key role in helping them reach a respectable total. Tom Cooper and Bas de Leede put on a crucial 102-run partnership for the fourth wicket, which took the Netherlands past the 200-run mark.
De Leede hit his half-century before being dismissed for 52, while Cooper was dismissed for a well-made 83. Their contributions were crucial in giving them a platform to build on.
Madushanka’s brilliance in the death overs
However, just as the Netherlands were starting to build some momentum. Dilshan Madushanka came into the attack and produced a superb spell of bowling. Madushanka took three wickets in the last five overs, including the key wickets of de Leede and Edwards.
Netherlands fighting spirit.
The Netherlands will be proud of their tenacity despite losing wickets in the last overs. They were able to recover from a difficult position to post a respectable total, and they will be confident of chasing down a similar target if they are able to get early wickets.
The Netherlands will be happy with their batting performance, but they will also be aware that they could have achieved a higher total if they hadn’t lost wickets in the final few overs. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be happy with their bowling performance, especially Madushanka’s late strikes.