Paul van Meekeren
Paul van Meekeren. (Picture Supply: Disney+Hotstar)

The Netherlands’ tempo bowler Paul van Meekeren surprised the Sri Lankan batting line-up with two wickets in two balls within the ongoing T20 World Cup 2022 First Spherical fixture between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands.

In a must-win sport for each side, Sri Lanka determined to bat first after profitable the toss however the powerplay did not transform a lot productive for the Dasun Shanaka-led facet. Openers Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis have been eager on not shedding wickets which in flip affected their scoring fee. 

Proper after the powerplay, van Meekeren bowled a tremendous seventh over which accounted for 2 wickets in a fast span. The proper-arm pacer bowled an excellent Yorker at 145 Kmph to take away Nissanka after his 21-ball 14. Notably, it was the earlier ball that outdid Nissanka as van Meekeren bowled a back-of-a-length supply which climbed up on him and hit his elbow. 

Anticipating a short-length supply once more after the nasty hit, Nissanka’s ft didn’t transfer and van Meekeren went via his defenses. On the very subsequent supply, Dhananjaya de Silva was trapped LBW in entrance of the wickets with one other full supply that formed into the pads. The proper-hand batter consulted the non-striker about taking the assessment however determined determined in opposition to it.

Here is the video of van Meekeran’s again to again wickets:

Two back-to-back wickets put the Netherlands on prime of the sport. Sri Lanka are at the moment occupying the third place on the factors desk with one win in two video games and their web run fee is healthier than the Netherlands. A win within the ongoing encounter may be sufficient for them to seal a place within the Tremendous 12 stage. 

Alternatively, the Netherlands can nonetheless qualify for the Tremendous 12 stage even when they lose the sport in opposition to Sri Lanka. Nonetheless, they must depend upon the UAE to beat Namibia which is very unlikely going by their present type.