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Sri Lanka shoot down the Dutch for 39

Chittagong, Bangladesh Sri Lanka wallopped Netherlands by nine wickets in a one-sided super 10 Group one match of the World Twenty20 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Monday.

Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis had led the Lankan attack to shoot the Netherlands out for the lowest Twenty20 International total of 39, making the match a no-contest. Mathews took 3-16, Mendis finished with 3-12 and Lasith Malinga grabbed 2-5.

Amidst the shambles, Tom Copper was the only batsman who reached double figures with 16, and his brother Ben Copper made eight as the whole team was bundled out in 10.3 overs.

The previous lowest total in a Twenty20 international was 56 made by Kenya against Afghanistan at Sharjah in 2013.

Five batsmen failed to score as the Netherlands, who qualified after beating Ireland in a high-scoring run-chase in the first round, were left embarrassed in their first big test.

Paceman Nuwan Kulasekara struck with the third ball of the match when he dismissed Stephan Myburgh, Netherlands’ hero in the match against Ireland with 63, to give a fright to the Netherlands.

Mathews then dismissed Michael Swart and Wesley Barresi in the second over to leave the Netherlands reeling at 1-3.

Skipper Peter Borren followed in Mathews’s next over for nought before the Cooper brothers took the score to 25.

The Netherlands lost the their last six wickets for just 14 runs.

Netherlands’s previous lowest Twenty20 total was 86 they mad against Ireland at Dublin in 2010.

Group 1

Scores: Sri Lanka 40-1 in 5 overs beat Netherlands 39 all out in 10.3 overs (Ajantha Mendis 3-12, Angelo Mathews 3-16, Lasith Malinga 2-5).