Sri Lanka cruise to convincing win against PNG
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted a competitive score of 162 for five from their 20 overs. The islanders tested out a new opening combination of Dhananjaya de Silva and Pathum Nissanka.
However, De Silva made only one run off five balls. Charith Asalanka, batting at number three scored only eight runs off 12 balls.
Pathum Nissanka and Avishka Fernando started off slowly but as the innings progressed, upped the ante. Sri Lanka were 61 for two at the halfway stage but Nissanka and Fernando managed to weather the storm to blast 101 runs in the last 10 overs. Nissanka made 76 off 58 balls while Fernando made 61 off 37 balls.
Chasing 163 runs to win, PNG were undone by Dushmantha Chameera early. However, they continued to keep the scoreboard moving.
Dasun Shanaka and Lahiru Kumara chipped in with a wicket each in the first 13 overs. Some tight bowling by Wanindu Hasaranga and Maheesh Theekshana dented the chase.
The Sri Lankan bowlers continued to put pressure on the PNG batters as they restricted them to 124 for seven registering a 38-run win in the end.
Sri Lanka’s ace spinner Hasaranga and speedster Chameera once again stood up with the ball capturing two wickets each. (Agencies)