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Lanka shoot out Dutch for record lowest T20I total

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Chittagong: Sri Lanka shot out a hapless Netherlands for just 39, the lowest ever T20 International innings total, in a Super 10 match of the World Twenty20 with Angelo Mathews and Ajantha Mendis wrecking havoc with three-wicket burst each, here today.

Put into bat, the Netherlands could survive for just 10.3 overs as their batsmen were simply run over by the Lankan bowlers.

Only one batsman Tom Copper could reach double digit figure of 16 while five of them were dismissed for nought as Dutch batsmen made a procession to the dressing room at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.


This was the lowest ever T20 International innings total, the earlier lowest being the 56 scored by Kenya while chasing a target of 163 against Afghanistan at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in September last year.

Mathews had the wickets of opener Michael Swart (0) and wicketkeeper Wesley Barresi (1) off consecutive balls in the second over but could not come up with a hat-trict. But, he came back to dismiss captain Peter Borren for nought in his next over to rock the Netherlands innings.

The Dutch, who qualified in the Super 10 after defeating Ireland, were 9/4 then and after a brief resistance, they suffered a dramatic batting collapse with Mendis taking two wickets in quick succession.

Netherlands lost three wickets in the same score of 39 with Mendis dismissing Pieter Seelaar (0) and M Jamil (0) in the space of three balls.

Lasith Malinga took two wickets and Nuwan Kulasekara chipped in with one scalp.