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Toss Winner - Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bowl first
Sri Lanka beat Netherlands by 8 wickets
Sri Lanka’s quest for 3rd consecutive win in the qualifiers
Sri Lanka to win
Tournament: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2021 | Format: T20 | Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | Toss: To BowlBet Now
We are coming to the close of the qualification round at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 has intensified. Sri Lanka, who are almost through to the next round, would be taking on the Netherlands in the 12th game. Sri Lanka come into this game with a massive win against Ireland while the Netherlands went down against Namibia in their last game.
Sri Lanka has played well in both the games and registered big wins. Their key players are in good form, and this would add to the side’s confidence here. The Netherlands has struggled and has its bowling attack looking in poor shape. It remains to be seen if the side can work its magic here and cause a major upset.
Dasun Shanaka would be pleased with the performance of his players. Doubts were raised about their form and preparations before the tournament but they have done well so far. It was a dominant performance from them against Ireland where they won by 70 runs. Shanaka would aim for another win here and carry momentum into the next round.
Pathum Nissanka played well in the last game and the side would like to see a similar show from him here, but Kusal Perera’s form is concerning, and he must stand up to the challenge. Middle-order too has struggled and Avishaka Fernando and Dinesh Chandimal would need to do well in this game. Wanindu Hasaranga played a match-winning knock in the last game and the same would be expected from him here down the order along with Bhanuka Rajapaksa and Shanaka.
It was an excellent performance by the Lankan bowlers in the last game and the new ball pair of Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne would look to repeat their show Maheesh Theekshana and Hasaranga seem to be enjoying these conditions and the side would go into this game with their confidence high.
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Avishka Fernando, Maheesh Theekshana, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanidu Hasaranga, Charith Asalanka, Chamika Karunaratne
Pieter Seelaar would be upset with the performances of his side so far in the tournament. They have lost both their games and are virtually out of the contention for a place in the Super 12. The side went down by 6 wickets in their last game against Namibia where their bowlers failed to defend a big score on the board.
Max O’Dowd has looked in great form and the side would expect a good start from him and Stephan Myburgh. In the middle order Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe and Scott Edwards would have to stitch together partnerships as they did in the last game. In Logan van Beek and Bas de Leede, the side has good hitters of the ball down the order.
Their bowlers would need to put the upset of the last game behind and come up with an improved performance here. Fred Klaassen did well with the new ball, but he would need support at the other end from Ackermann and Logan van Beek. Seelaar has to make good use of his experience here and the likes of Timm van der Gugten and Roelof van der Merwe need to pitch with good spells.
Pieter Seelaar (c), Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen
RE Van Der Merwe, Ben Cooper, Pieter Seelaar, Max O'Dowd, Brandon Glover, Fred Klaassen, Colin Ackermann, Paul Van Meekeren, Scott Edwards, Bas de Leede, Stephan Myburgh
We expect to see a hot and humid evening in Sharjah on October 22, and a slow surface where the batsmen are likely to struggle. Scoring runs hasn’t been easy on this surface in the recent past. The side that bats first here would be happy to reach a score of 160 runs or more given the conditions.
Sharjah Cricket Stadium has usually been a high-scoring venue where the smaller boundaries allow batsmen to score runs easily. The track has played slow in recent games and there isn’t much on the surface for the fast bowlers. Spinners are getting good turn from the surface and causing problems for the batsmen.
The wicket here has played slow in the recent games, and this has resulted in low-scoring games. Both the teams would have this in their minds at the toss and the one winning is expected to opt for bowling first in the game.
The Netherlands would be under pressure having lost both their games so far. Their bowling attack has lacked teeth, and this is causing problems for the side. They would like to win this contest and bow out of the tournament on a high. Sri Lanka has ticked all the boxes with their good show in two games and they would start favorites to win this game.
Sri Lanka to win
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