Netherlands and Sri Lanka will face off in Match No. 19 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on Saturday, October 21 at the Ekana Stadium, Lucknow. As the two teams meet on the field of play, the fantasy cricket managers get the chance to pick their favorite players and form their teams. The players’ performance on the pitch will translate into points for each chosen fantasy team, and the manager with the team with the most points will have a chance to win attractive prizes.
The Netherlands have had a great year so far, beating a number of big teams on their way to the 2023 ICC World Cup. The icing on the cake for them was their victory against South Africa, thanks to a great all-round performance. Skipper Scott Edwards was the star with the bat, taking the Netherlands to 245/8 in 43 overs. South Africa were bowled out for 207 points, resulting in a 38-point win.
Sri Lanka, on the other hand, is the only team without a win in the tournament. Since their disastrous defeat to India in the Asia Cup final, they have been disappointing on the field. Although a stellar batting performance against Pakistan took them to 344 runs by batting first, they ultimately lost that match by six wickets.
In their final match they lost again to Australia in a disappointing performance. The 1996 champions desperately need a win to keep themselves in contention.
Predicted Game XI
Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c & wk), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Matheesha Pathirana.
Weather conditions and location report
Weather conditions in Lucknow will generally be warm in the morning, but it will become cooler towards the end, with temperatures ranging from 18 to 31 degrees. The track here has helped the spinners a lot and both sides will look to take advantage of it.
NED vs SL fantasy XI
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Scott Edwards
Batters: Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Vikramjit Singh
All-rounders: Bas de Leede
Bowlers: Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Maheesh Theekshana
Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama were two of Sri Lanka’s better hitters this tournament and that is why we are going with three keepers in the team. Scott Edwards, who put in a match-winning performance last game, is the third goalkeeper option.
Charith Asalanka has made a few starts and has scored 105 runs in three matches so far. Pathum Nissanka and Vikramjit Singh are the other batting options.
Bas de Leede is the undisputed choice among all-rounders. He is the mainstay of the Netherlands in the line-up
The Dutch bowling trio of Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe and Logan van Beek are making the most of the slow bowling conditions and have picked up 13 wickets between them. Maheesh Theekshana is a good option for the Lankan bowling attack.
Captain: Bas de Leede
Bas de Leede’s ability to make match-winning contributions with bat and ball makes him the best option for captaincy. In the World Cup so far, he has scored 87 runs and picked up seven wickets.
Vice-captain: Kusal Mendis
Kusal Mendis was in top form this tournament, scoring 207 runs in three matches, including a century and a half. Despite not getting a big score in the last match, he is a worthy contender for captain or vice-captain.
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