The Netherlands and Sri Lanka are set to clash in Lucknow on October 21 in their fourth encounter at the ICC World Cup 2023. The Netherlands is coming off a significant win against South Africa, while Sri Lanka has faced disappointment with three consecutive losses.
Sri Lanka’s captain, Dasun Shanaka, has been ruled out of the tournament due to a thigh injury, making the upcoming match a do-or-die situation for the Lions.
In their previous five encounters, Sri Lanka has emerged victorious in all matches. The first meeting took place in the ICC Champions Trophy 2002, where Marvan Atapattu’s century led Sri Lanka to a total of 292/6. Sri Lankan bowlers restricted the Dutch team to just 86 runs in under 30 overs. This is their first meeting in an ODI World Cup.
Fantasy Team Lineup:
- Vikramjit Singh
- Max O’Dowd
- Pathum Nissanka
- Kusal Perera
- Colin Ackermann (C)
- Dhananjaya de Silva
- Scott Edwards (WK)
- Chamika Karunaratne (VC)
- Roelof van der Merwe
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Aryan Dutt
The Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow has historically favored spinners and slower bowlers, resulting in low-scoring matches. However, the new World Cup wickets, made from black soil, have shown some life, especially in the first innings of the Australia vs. South Africa match, where fast bowlers took six out of ten Australian wickets. The pitch is expected to offer some assistance to the bowlers.
The weather forecast for Lucknow indicates no chance of rain, with a temperature of 31 degrees Celsius and 82% humidity, according to Weather.com.
- Google’s win probability suggests a 79% chance of Sri Lanka winning the match.
- CricTracker predicts that regardless of which team bats first, Sri Lanka will emerge victorious.
- MyKhel sees Sri Lanka as “slightly ahead,” but acknowledges the potential for the Netherlands to secure another win. Considering Sri Lanka’s recent setbacks and Shanaka’s absence, the Netherlands, boosted by their win against South Africa, is favored to win this match.