ICC World T20 2021 -   4th Match |  SL  vs  NAM
SL vs NAM 4th Match,
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SL
100-313.3
NAM
19.3 96-10
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Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets 🏆
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SL
100-313.3
Sri Lanka won by 7 wickets 🏆
NAM
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19.396-10
CRR : 7.41
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That's all for the coverage of this qualifying match. Do join us tomorrow, sharp at 2:45 PM IST for the live coverage of the Scotland v PNG game. Till the next time, it's a ta-ta and a goodnight from me, Anurag Dasgupta and my co-commentators, Anurag Singh and Akshay Bhide.
Dasun Shanaka: "A really good performance from our team. We want to do well in the qualifying stage and all went good for us today. He was outstanding with the ball (Theekshana). He has been training with Ajantha Mendis and has a lot more to offer. Winning all three matches will keep us in a good frame of mind as we'll know the conditions and everything."
Gerhard Erasmus: "We started well with the ball and have to take positives from this game. Still two matches to go and we have to take the positives into the other games. We clearly have to regroup as two vital matches are coming up for us. Sri Lanka have a quality attack and with just 96 on the board the batters have to take the responsibility."
Maheesh Theekshana It's a huge moment for me as I am just 21. My stock ball is off break. In the last game, I played against India, I got the Man of the Match. I am proud to represent my country, I just take each match, one by one"
Maheesh Theekshana bags the Player of the Match award.

DG: And there it is, a comprehensive performance from the Lankan Lions who have won this game by 7 wickets in hand. A win to start the World Cup and this will surely boost their confidence for the remaining qualifying matches. Namibia put up a brave fight, but never really challenged Sri Lanka. They played well in bits and pieces and will surely learn from their mistakes.

A target of 97 was never going to trouble the Sri Lankan batters. But for a brief period, it looked like Namibia had something in store for their opposition. The top-order batting woes of the Sri Lankan batters continued as they failed to get going against an inexperienced Namibian bowling attack. At one stage, Sri Lanka were tottering at 3 for 26 and Namibia saw a small ray of hope.

But all the hopes were dashed by the dynamic duo of Rajapaksa and Avishka Fernando who consolidated the sinking ship of their side and played a mature knock under pressure as the duo added 74 runs for the 4th wicket. In the end, skipper Gerhard Erasmus tried all the permutation combinations with his bowling lineup, but Sri Lanka eventually eased through the target with 39 balls to spare. 

13.3 J Frylinck to B Rajapaksa
6 SIXX!! Rajapaksa ends the game with a stylish six. Slightly short angled into Rajapaksa who moves inside and just helps it on its way over the deep fine leg fielder for a maximum.
13.2 J Frylinck to B Rajapaksa
2 Back of a length angling into Rajapaksa who slaps it in between deep square leg and deep mid wicket for an easy brace.
13.1 J Frylinck to A Fernando
1 Pitched up outside off to Fernando who leans on the drive through the covers for a single. 
Ruben Trumpelmann
1-27(3.0)
OVER 13
6
1
1
1
1
1
Bhanuka Rajapaksa
34(25)
Avishka Fernando
29(27)
12.6 R Trumpelmann to A Fernando
1 Angles the fuller one into Fernando who tries to go over covers but ends up slicing it just short of the third man fielder. Nonetheless, he will retain the strike with a single.
12.5 R Trumpelmann to B Rajapaksa
1 On a hard length angling into Rajapaksa from around the wicket. He connects to the short ball quite well but finds the fielder at deep mid wicket for just one.
12.4 R Trumpelmann to A Fernando
1 Another quick short one angling into Fernando who moves inside and short arm jabs it to deep square leg. Single taken.
12.3 R Trumpelmann to B Rajapaksa
1 Banged in short onto Rajapaksa who mistimes the pull shot past the mid wicket fielder for just a single.
12.2 R Trumpelmann to A Fernando
1 Clips the length delivery angling into him to deep square leg for a single to follow up the maximum. Sensible batting from Fernando.
12.1 R Trumpelmann to A Fernando
6 SIXX!! WOW!! That is sublime from Avishka Fernando. Fuller one in the slot to the batter who goes down on one knee and dispatched it over the long off fence for a maximum.
David Wiese
0-11(2.0)
OVER 12
1
1
wd
1
0
1
2
Bhanuka Rajapaksa
32(23)
Avishka Fernando
20(23)
11.6 D Wiese to B Rajapaksa
2 A couple to end the over. Half volley in the slot to Rajapaksa who lofts it over the bowler's head for an easy couple of runs.
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