Malinga, Kulasekara rattle UAE after Chandimal fifty sets up Sri Lanka victory

Malinga, Kulasekara rattle UAE after Chandimal fifty sets up Sri Lanka victory
The men who made the difference for Sri Lanka in the game.
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Sri Lanka 129-8 (Chandimal 50) beat
United Arab Emirates 115-9 (Patil 37) by 14 runs
Second match, Mirpur, Asia Cup

Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara shared seven wickets between them to decimate the batting lineup of the United Arab Emirates as Sri Lanka successfully defended a target of 130 runs to claim a 14-run victory in the second match of the 2016 Asia Cup in Mirpur.

Earlier in the day, a fluent fifty from Dinesh Chandimal was the saving grace for Sri Lanka, who ended up with 129 for eight in 20 overs after a middle order collapse.

UAE won the toss and opted to bowl first. After two tight overs, Tillakaratne Dilshan (27) smashed three fours in the third over while Chandimal (50) hit a six and four boundaries in the next three overs, pushing Sri Lanka to 49 for naught at the end of the powerplay.

Chandimal and Dilshan went on to post a 68-run stand before it was broken in the 10th over. Amjad Javed (3-25) got Dilshan to hole out to deep midwicket and Sri Lanka scored 72 for one at the halfway mark.

A couple of overs later, Javed got Milinda Siriwardana (6) out in a similar fashion, caught at deep midwicket off a short delivery.

Soon after completing a 38-ball fifty, Chandimal was caught at midwicket while attempting to up the ante. Between overs nine and 15, UAE did not concede even a single boundary and gave away just 33 runs to pull things back.

UAE continued to pile on the pressure and accounted for Dasun Shanaka (5), Angelo Mathews (8) and Shehan Jayasuriya (10) in successive overs whereas Mohammad Shahzad (2-27) struck twice in the final over to remove Chamara Kapugedera (10) and Kulasekara (7), restricting Sri Lanka to 129 for eight in 20 overs.

Javed was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets while Mohammad Naveed (2-27) and Shahzad shared four wickets equally.

UAE got off to a poor start as Malinga (4-26) trapped Rohan Mustafa (0) off the very first ball of the innings and went on to castle Shahzad (1) in the same over.

UAE slipped even further when Kulasekara (3-10) struck twice in the fourth over to account for Muhammad Kaleem (7) and Muhammad Usman (6).

Shaiman Anwar (13) and Swapnil Patil (37) hung around for little more than three overs to provide a brief respite.

Rangana Herath (2-22) did not allow UAE breathing space as he picked up a wicket in each of his first two overs to leave the opposition reeling at 47 for six at the halfway mark.

Patil played a patient knock while Javed (13) offered a steady support in the duo’s 38-run stand for the seventh wicket. The resistance lasted 6.4 overs before Malinga dismissed Patil by deceiving him with a slow ball and taking a good return catch.

Javed and Naveed (10) fell to Kulasekara and Malinga in the 18th and 19th overs respectively as UAE only managed to score 115 for nine in their 20 overs, handing Sri Lanka a 14-run victory.

Malinga and Kulasekara took seven wickets between them and the Sri Lankan T20I captain was picked as the player of the match.

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