Watch Kusal Mendis hit a breezy 44-ball 79

Sri Lanka thumped Netherlands by 16 runs on Thursday to advance to the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup in Australia. Kusal Mendis’s 44-ball 79 was crucial in setting up a winning total as the bowlers did well as a group to stifle Netherlands’ chase. With this defeat, Netherlands have slipped to the second position with a NRR of -0.162. To qualify for the Super 12s along with Sri Lanka, they need United Arab Emirates to beat Namibia in the afternoon fixture.

Brief Scores: Sri Lanka 162/6 in 20 overs (Kusal Mendis 79, Charith Asalanka 31; Paul van Meekeren 2-25) beat Netherlands 146/9 in 20 overs (Max O’Dowd 71*; Wanindu Hasaranga 3-28) by 16 runs