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Sri Lanka and Netherlands last crossed swords in the shortest format of the game seven years ago, in the 2014 ICC T20 World Cup. It is not a match the Netherlands fans and players would want to reminisce, as they suffered a humbling 9-wicket defeat, after getting bowled out for 39. Given the current form of the two teams, Sri Lanka are the firm favorites to win this match.
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Sri Lanka: Kusal Perera (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka/Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Binura Fernando/Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara
Netherlands: Max ODowd, Stephan Myburgh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Paul van Meekeren/Roelof van der Merwe, Pieter Seelaar (c), Brandon Glover/Logan van Beek, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen
When Sri Lanka will take on the Netherlands in the 12th match of this tournament, not much will be at stake. Having won their first two matches, the Lankans have already qualified for the Super 12 stage. While they were always likely to win those matches, it is the manner and margin of victories that will please Sri Lanka.
As for their opposition, Netherlands, there is hardly a thing that has not gone wrong in this competition, except perhaps their reliable opener Max ODowd’s form. They have lost their first two matches and are already out of the Super 12 contention. Now that they do not having anything to lose, the Oranje would try to express themselves freely and head back home with some positives.
Given that they have already confirmed their berth in the Super 12 stage, and the result of this match will not have any lasting consequence, the Sri Lankan management might want to make some changes to their playing XI. Dinesh Chandimal, who failed to perform in both matches, might make way for the talented Charith Asalanka. Sri Lanka can also give Binura Fernando a chance in the playing XI, in place of the bowler who is currently last on their wicket-takers’ list – Dushmantha Chameera.
This will be Netherlands’ last match in this edition of the 20-over World Cup, and they could to give some second-choice players a taste of the action. Logan van Beek and Roelof van der Merwe have been poor in this competition. Not only have they failed to pick up wickets, but they have been expensive as well. The duo could make way for Paul van Meereken and Brandon Glover in this match.
Maheesh Theekshana: After picking up three important wickets in Sri Lanka’s first match against Namibia, Maheesh Theekshana picked up yet another 3-wicket haul in the last match against Ireland. He dismissed the experienced Paul Stirling, while Curtis Campher and Neil Rock also fell prey to his mystery spin.
Wanindu Hasaranga: Wanindu Hasaranga played a remarkable knock in the last match against Ireland. Coming into bat at a difficult situation, when the Lankans were 8/3, Hasaranga took the game by the scruff of its neck and scored 71 runs in only 47 deliveries. That is not all, as he then went on to pick up the wicket of Gareth Delany, conceding only 12 runs in his four overs.
|Sri Lanka vs Netherlands, Match 12, Group A – Information
|Sri Lanka vs Netherlands
|Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah
|Friday, 22nd October, 7:30 PM IST/2 PM GMT
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