By Hishan Welmilla in Oman Courtesy NOC/Ministry of Sports
13 December. Sri Lanka’s first hope of winning a medal at the 2nd Asian Games here in Oman whent to uncertainty when the host nation, Oman beat Sri Lanka in the men’s beach volleyball match with 2 sets to 1 at the Al Musannah Sports City Short while ago.
Sri Lanka has rested its hopes on the most experienced pair, Mahesh Perera and Wasantha Ratnapala who was in the team one. But it was not so at the end of the match.
Sri Lanka came to the match with lot of hopes registering two wins against Chinese Taipei and Palestine. Unfortunately Sri Lanka’s most experienced player Mahesh was suffering from an ankle injury.
Lankans competed against the Oman in the first set with more power and energy as the both teams were equally displayed talents leveling the score most of the time. But Omanis took the first set 21-18 shaking Sri Lanka’s hopes on winning the match.
Omanis took the control of the second set from the beginning and resistance from the Lankan pair was not enough to hold them, with more ground support for the local team. They took the set 21-15 and upset the progress of the Lankan pair.
Sri Lanka’s Mahesh Perera received a yellow card warning from the Japanese referee after he has argued against a decision made by the referee.
It is now in the uncertainty whether Mahesh and Wasantha could progress to the super 16 as Oman, Palestine and Sri Lanka has lost one game each in their group. Therefore the decision will be on the ‘ratio’ and Sri Lanka keep their hopes alive till the two teams officially announce later today.
The Second team from Sri Lanka, Asanka and Sampath will meet Japan in their group match scheduled at 7.20pm local time (8.50pm Sri Lanka time)