Sri Lanka overwhelmed opponents Japan: ICC WWT20 Qualifiers

Sri Lanka continued to look mightily impressive as they overwhelmed opponents Japan with an outstanding performance, winning by 10 wickets in its match at Merrion.

Japan batted first scoring 21 in 18.1 overs, the only batter to make any significant contribution was Ayako Nakayama scoring 12 runs. The Sri Lanka bowling attack were in fine form bowling as a unit and sharing the wickets around. Eshani Kaushalya (5 for 2), Sripali Weerakkody (2 for 2) and Chandima Gunaratne (2 for 2) all put in professional performances.

Sri Lanka managed to score the winning runs in 1.4 overs, Yasoda Mendis (18) scoring 4 fours and Jayangani (4) confirming victory for the Sri Lankan team and a semi-final spot.

Captain, Shashikala Siriwardene was delighted with the performance, ‘We wanted to keep them under 30 runs, our fast bowlers did really well and it was a great effort by our spinners. We aimed to bat losing no wickets, so I was very happy with the whole performance. We will be ready for the next match against Ireland and hope to keep the momentum going,” said Siriwardene.

Japan 21 all out, 18.1 overs (Nakayama 12; Gunaratne 2-2)
Sri Lanka 22 for 0, 1.4 overs (Mendis 18; Ota 0-11)
Sri Lanka won by 10 wickets
Player of the Match: LE Kaushalya (Sri Lanka)

Friday is a rest/reserve day. Saturday’s fixtures:

At The Hills: Thailand v Zimbabwe 1000 local time match is scheduled to start
Japan v Canada 1400 local time match is scheduled to start  

At Merrion: Pakistan v Netherlands 1000 local time match is scheduled to start
Ireland v Sri Lanka 1400 local time match is scheduled to start

Points table after round two:

Group A

Teams Mat Won  Lost Tied Pts Net RR
Pakistan 2 2 0 0 4 3.53
Netherlands 2 1 1 0 2 -0.20
Thailand 2 1 1 0 2 -1.47
Zimbabwe 2 0 2 0 0 -1.88

Group B

Teams Mat Won Lost Tied Pts Net RR
Sri Lanka 2 2 0 0 4 7.18
Ireland 2 2 0 0 4 4.85
Canada 2 0 2 0 0 -4.55
Japan 2 0 2 0 0 -7.01