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Match Facts: Netherlands v Sri Lanka

Battle between Stephan Myburgh and Kusal Perera the one to watch out for as Netherlands takes on Sri Lanka in Super 10 stage
Netherlands pulled of one of the biggest upsets in the history of the ICC World Twenty20 when it edged past experienced sides like Ireland and Zimbabwe. The qualification would certainly have done wonders for its confidence, but it remains to be seen if it can carry that momentum into the Super 10 stage.

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, is on top form, having beaten South Africa by five runs in its tournament opener.

Ahead of the clash between a team that has been billed as one of the favourites to win the tournament and a team that has pulled off one of the biggest upsets in its history, here is a look at some of the facts and key battles:


Against Ireland, Netherlands hit the most sixes in a T20I innings (19). 

In that match, Stephan Myburgh hit the joint-second fastest T20I half-century, off 17 balls. 

The 91 runs scored in the power play by Netherlands is the most recorded in a T20I power play. 

Netherlands has won two of its previous five T20Is against Test-playing nations.

Sri Lanka has won its last four and six of its last seven T20Is.

Approaching Milestones:

Kumar Sangakkara will become the 10th player to bat 50 times in T20Is if he bats in this match.   

Lasith Malinga needs one wicket to go clear of Saeed Ajmal as the leading wicket-taker in the ICC World Twenty20. 

Michael Swart needs one run to become the first player to score 400 T20I runs for Netherlands.

Key Battles:

Stephan Myburgh v Kusal Perera 

These pugnacious left-handers have already made their mark on this tournament. Myburgh hit one of the best T20 innings in Netherlands’s amazing win against Ireland – his 17-ball 50 was the joint-second fastest in T20Is. He also hit a half-century against United Arab Emirates and starts the day (what day?) as the tournament’s fourth highest run-scorer. 

Perera hit a brisk 61 against South Africa to add to his burgeoning reputation as one of the world’s most exciting T20 players. He averages 37.3 in 12 T20I innings, at a strike rate of 132.6 and has passed 50 in three of his last four T20I knocks.

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