Scorecard

Highest Impact Player of the match

Dinesh Chandimal (7.06)

Highest Impact Batsman

Dinesh Chandimal (5.85)

Highest Impact Bowler

Nuwan Kulasekara (5.64)

Highest Impact Player (UAE)

Swapnil Patil (4.75)

Highest Economy Impact (Bowler)

Nuwan Kulasekara (1.76)

Highest Strike Rate Impact (Batsman)

Dinesh Chandimal (0.99)

Sri Lanka’s bowling was the key to their defence as they thwarted UAE’s challenge to win by 14 runs at Dhaka on Thursday (25 Feb).

Dinesh Chandimal, however, edged Kulasekara and Malinga to finish as the highest impact player of the match even though Malinga was given the Man of the Match award. His 39-ball-50 (high Strike Rate Impact ) contributed to nearly 40% of Sri Lanka’s score and had a massive impact given it was a low-scoring game (only three batsmen in the match scored more than 25 runs). Chandimal also had Partnership Building Impact for the start he (and Dilshan) gave to the innings. His role didn’t end there – as wicket-keeper, he effected a couple of dismissals which contributed to his team’s success. He was also the highest impact batsman of the match.

Nuwan Kulasekara was the highest impact bowler for his three wickets (all top/middle order) in a highly restrictive spell (high Economy Impact ) that piled on the pressure as UAE struggled in the chase.

Swapnil Patil finished as UAE’s highest impact player for his fighting 37, scored under pressure. The smidgeon of resistance he offered with the bat had Partnership Building Impact. He had also, earlier, claimed a catch to effect a Sri Lankan wicket.

Seven players from both teams registered an impact of at least one, but the combined performances of Chandimal and Kulasekara were far higher than UAE’s best efforts.

 

 

Karthik Swaminathan