Match 11 | ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Sri Lanka aims to secure the top spot in Group B of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers by winning against Oman on Friday. Sri Lanka won their first match against UAE with a large margin, thanks to Wanindu Hasaranga’s 6-wicket haul, earning him the Player of the Match award. Oman hopes to continue their winning streak but faces a challenging task against the former World Champions.
When: Fri 23 June, 09:00 (local) | Fri 23 June, 15:00 (CST)
Where: Match 11, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo
Pitch and Weather Report: The pitch at the Queens Sports Club is favorable to the batting team, with spinners and slower bowlers becoming more effective in the second half of the game. Sri Lanka scored 350+ in their first innings, while Scotland successfully chased a 280+ target, indicating how good the pitch is for batters. The weather forecast for Friday in Bulawayo predicts a cloudy sky with 10% chance of rain, a maximum temperature of 22°C, and moderate wind speed of around 21 km/h, with a humidity level of 62%.
Head To Head: The upcoming game between Sri Lanka and Oman will be their first-ever encounter, making it more intriguing. While Sri Lanka may have the upper hand, Oman’s recent performances cannot be discounted, making it an exciting match to watch.
Sri Lanka: Sri Lanka dominated UAE in their first game of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, securing a massive 175-run victory. Four out of the top five batters scored half-centuries, with Charith Asalanka remaining unbeaten on 48*. Sri Lanka scored 355 runs in their innings, and Wanindu Hasaranga’s 6-wicket haul at an economy of 3 changed the game’s momentum. Despite leaving out Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne, Sri Lanka is considered the best team in the tournament and is expected to be the favorites in their upcoming match.
Predicted Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Oman: Oman has continued their impressive form in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers, securing a comfortable 5-wicket victory against UAE after stunning Ireland in their first game. The batters have made crucial contributions at the right moments, with Mohammed Nadeem and Shoaib Khan remaining unbeaten in both matches. Aqib Ilyas has also been in good form with consecutive half-centuries. The bowling unit, led by Bilal Khan, has chipped in with wickets whenever required. Oman currently holds the top spot in Group B standings with 4 points.
Predicted Playing XI: Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood (captain), Mohammad Nadeem, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Khan, Naseem Khushi (wicketkeeper), Bilal Khan, Jay Odedra, Fayyaz Butt
Match Odds: Sri Lanka (1.07) vs Oman (8.09)
- Sri Lanka aims to secure their second win in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers.
- Four Sri Lankan batsmen among the top 5 scored half-centuries in their last game, and they will be confident.
- Sri Lanka’s best bowler, Wanindu Hasaranga, picked up 6 wickets in their last game, making their bowling attack strong.
- Oman has not won a game against a team ranked in the top 10, making it a significant challenge for them.
Match Winner: Sri Lanka to win
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