Dinesh Chandimal scored a crucial 50 as defending champions Sri Lanka was restricted to 129 for 8 in their 20 overs by some disciplined UAE bowling in the second game of the ongoing Asia Cup T20 in Mirpur on Thursday.
Like the inaugural Bangladesh – India game, the Sher-e-Bangla wicket which is being used for this match had good pace and bounce for the faster bowlers initially. But unlike the last match, this track also assisted the spinners later in the innings.
The Islanders had an excellent start with Tillakaratne Dilshan and Chandimal putting up 68 for the first wicket after UAE won the toss and decided to field. However, as the ball became a little bit older the Sri Lankans found it harder to score. They lost three quick wickets to the medium pace of UAE skipper Amjad Javed. He bowled his four overs and claimed 3 for 25.
The combination of Javed and the left-arm spin of Ahmed Raza did not allow the Lankan batters to score freely in the middle overs. Even their death bowling by off-spinner Rohan Mustafa and pacer Mohammad Naveed was also very impressive as runs were hard to come by and wickets were kept on tumbling as well. In the end Sri Lanka could not even reach the 130-run mark.
UAE fielded and unchanged eleven which took on Oman on February 22 whereas Sri Lanka was boosted with the arrival of Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath and skipper Lasith Malinga, who were not part of the series against India.
Sri Lanka129 for 8 (Dinesh Chandimal 50, Tillakaratne Dilshan 27; Mohammad Naveed 2 for 27, Amjad Javed 3 for 25, Mohammad Shahzad 2 for 27) vs UAE.