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Cricket World Cup 2023: NED vs SL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Netherlands vs Sri Lanka, Cricket World Cup 2023 (NED vs SL)

Date: October 21, Saturday, 10.30 AM IST

Venue: Ekana Stadium, Lucknow

The Netherlands and Sri Lanka will play the 19th game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 on October 21 at Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium.

Netherlands’ historic win over South Africa has moved them up to the eighth position in the points table. An unbeaten 78 from Scott Edwards, along with other small but significant contributions from the lower middle order, propelled the Netherlands to a first innings total of 245. Although they were bowled out in 43 overs, they managed to put up a decent total on the board. Their bowlers, then, did a brilliant job to defend the target against South Africa’s famed batting line-up. Logan van Beek (3) Paul van Meekeren (2), Roelof van der Merwe (2), Bas de Leede (2) and Colin Ackermann (1) bowled out South Africa for 207 in 42.5 overs. This was the first win for the Netherlands at the World Cup since 2007, and third overall.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are right at the bottom of the points table, having lost all their three matches. Another loss, and their chances to make the semifinals could come to an end. Champions of the 1996 edition of the World Cup, Sri Lanka have so far lost to South Africa, Pakistan and Australia. In their most recent game against Australia, Sri Lanka openers Pathum Nissanka (61) and Kusal Perera (68) stitched together a first-wicket partnership of 125 runs, but the rest of the batsmen could merely score 57 runs together. Dilshan Madushanka picked up three wickets, but that wasn’t enough to defend 209.

Ahead of match 19 of the Cricket World Cup 2023, here is everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL.

Weather update and pitch report for NED vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023 

The pitch at the Ekana Cricket Stadium is tricky to bat on. The spinners will get maximum benefit from the surface. Anything above 250 will be a competitive total at this venue.

The weather in Lucknow will be warm and sunny with a maximum temperature of 34 degrees Celsius. Rain is not forecast.

Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI 

Team news: Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka has been ruled out of the tournament and replaced by Chamika Karunaratne. Matheesha Pathirana is also out with an injury. The management has added Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera to the squad as travelling reserves.

Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c & wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dimuth Karunaratne

Predicted XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c & wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka

Netherlands team news and predicted XI 

Team news: The Netherlands do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to change the XI that won against South Africa.

Squad: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Wesley Barresi, Ryan Klein, Shariz Ahmad, Saqib Zulfiqar

Predicted XI: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, 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

Head-to-head record

Sri Lanka and Netherlands have faced each other in 5 matches in ODIs out of which Sri Lanka have won all. At the World Cup, the two teams have never played against each other.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NED vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023

Dilshan Madushanka – bowler, Sri Lanka

The Netherlands batsmen have struggled more against spinners as compared to the pacers. Dilshan Madushanka picked up three wickets in the previous game, before which he took two wickets each against Pakistan and South Africa. If he’s able to pick up a few big wickets in this game as well, Sri Lanka may finally win their first game of the tournament. The 23-year-old has had an excellent start to his ODI career, picking 17 wickets in nine games since debuting in January this year.

Kusal Mendis – wicketkeeper batsman, Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis is the top run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the tournament thus far. He has scored 207 runs in three innings at an average of 69 and an impressive strike rate of over 156. He scored just nine runs against Australia in the previous game, but before that, Mendis scored 76 and 122 against South Africa and Pakistan respectively. He brings with him plenty of experience, having played 115 ODIs, scoring 3422 runs at an average of 33.22.

Bas de Leede – all-rounder, Netherlands

Bas de Leede will play a crucial role in deciding how far the Netherlands can go in the tournament. With the bat, he has scored 68, 18 and two runs respectively from the last three innings. With the ball, he has taken seven wickets in three games.

Scott Edwards – wicketkeeper batsman, Netherlands

Scott Edwards was named the Player of the match in Netherlands’ victory over South Africa. Edwards top-scored with an unbeaten 78, which was laced with 10 boundaries and a maximum. He also took three catches. Edwards has played 41 ODIs for the Netherlands, scoring 1320 runs at an average of 41.25.

Pathum Nissanka – batsman, Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka has scored a half century in the two matches he has played. He scored 51 against Pakistan and 61 against Australia, and will now be looking for a third straight fifty. Nissanka has played 43 ODIs for Sri Lanka, averaging 37.70.

MPL XI for NED vs SL, ODI World Cup 2023

NED vs SL – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The Netherlands vs Sri Lanka ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app as well as the Jiocinema app. The match will begin at 10.30 AM IST on October 16.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

 

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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