Meiyappan takes hat-trick but Sri Lanka still manages humungous win over UAE
New Delhi : Karthik Meiyappan took the hat-trick on Tuesday but his efforts went in vain as Sri Lanka crushed UAE in a do or die battle of T20 World Cup 2022.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Asian champions were stunned by Namibia as they had to face 55-run defeat in the game.
They bounced back on Tuesday and proved their mettle with a 73-run win over UAE.
Sri Lanka started the game well and scored a comfortable 117 runs for the loss of 2 wickets; but then came Meiyappan who scored a hat-trick and removed Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Charith Asalanka and skipper Dasun Shanaka in successive balls.
This was the fifth hat-trick in T20 World Cup and the first one for UAE in any T20 International.
Sri Lanka, however, managed to pull their score to 152-8 in the fixed 20 overs.
Sri Lanka, the 2014 champions, face the unbeaten Netherlands next, needing another win, while Namibia take on the winless UAE.
Talking about the UAE batting in the game, they had no answer to Sri Lanka's pacers and lost their wickets in the early overs itself.
UAE slumped to 21-4 in the sixth over and they never recovered as Sri Lanka ran riot. Chameera ended with 3-15 but in worry for Sri Lanka hobbled off late in the game.