Opener Pathum Nissanka put together a responsible 74 to help Sri Lanka post 152-8 after a hat-trick of spinners Karthik Meiyappan derailed the Asia Cup champions, who suffered a 55-run thrashing by Namibia in their opening game.
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The UAE got off to a disastrous start in their chase and were reduced to 21-4 inside the first six overs of the clash, with Chameera doing most of the damage for the 2014 champions by picking up three wickets in his first two overs count.
They never recovered from the false start and were bowled out for 73 as Sri Lanka bounced back from their opening loss.
However, Sri Lanka will be keeping their fingers crossed on the fitness of Chameera, who missed the Asia Cup with a leg injury and was hobbled off the field on Tuesday after pulling out of his run-up while delivering the last ball of his fourth over.
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Wanindu Hasaranga also made a significant impact for Sri Lanka with his leg spin, picking up three wickets for just eight runs.
Earlier, the Netherlands suffered a loss of Dutch courage en route to a nerve-wracking five-wicket victory over Namibia that took them a step closer to qualifying for the Super 12 stage.
The Netherlands, who faced the UAE in a tense opener on Sunday, will face Sri Lanka in their final Group A game on Thursday with the Emiratis taking on Namibia as two of the four teams through to the next phase.
With more than six overs remaining, the Netherlands were 92-2 in pursuit of a modest total of 121-6 against Namibia, but lost three wickets for 10 runs to turn the match into a nail-biter.
With six runs needed in the last over, man-of-the-match Bas de Leede (30 not out) smashed fast bowler David Wiese over the head for four and hit two more down the ground to seal the win by three to achieve balls to spare.
However, it was a huge disappointment for Namibia against the Dutch after their stunning demolition of Sri Lanka at the same venue on Sunday.
Namibia won the toss and elected to bat but were down to 3-32 before the end of the clash and never recovered despite 43 from the all-rounder. Jan Frylinck.