Date: 22nd October, 2021
Time: 07:30 PM IST
Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, UAE
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Preview: The top Group A team, Sri Lanka have already qualified for the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup and are all set to lock horns against bottom placed team Netherlands, who have lost both their group games. However, the latter team has no chance of qualification and this match will be about their pride than anything else. On the other hand, the Asian side will look to head into the Super 12 with full momentum ensuring a 100% record in the qualifiers.
Sri Lanka have been led by their senior players brilliantly. Meanwhile, Netherlands have surely not been able to live up to their expectations after losing to Ireland and Namibia in their opening encounters.
Analysis: The pitch at Sharjah has been hasn’t been an easy one to bat on and the batters have struggled in the previous games to score big runs. Knowing that Max O’Dowd has been the leading scorer for Netherlands and Pieter Seelar has been the leading wicket taker for the Dutch side, the performance of these two players will define the performance of the team in Match 12 against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Hasaranga looks to elaborate upon his white ball legacy and has been performing on top gear for his nation. Knowing that he is Lankan Lions’ trump card in the T20 World Cup, it will be important for him to work his way on this particular pitch, which has specially helped spinners to get unexpected turn and bounce.
Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne
Netherlands: Stephan Myburgh, Max O’Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Roelof van der Merwe, Scott Edwards, Ryan ten Doeschate, Logan van Beek, Bas de Leede, Pieter Seelaar (c), Fred Klaassen, Timm van der Gugten
Wicketkeepers: Kusal Perera, Scott Edwards
Batters: Max O’Dowd, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka, Pieter Seelaar, Colin Ackermann
Bowlers: Dushmantha Chameera, Fred Klaassen, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
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