In the 19th ODI of the World Cup, the Netherlands will come face-to-face against Sri Lanka on Saturday at Ekana Sports City, Lucknow. Both teams last met in the final game of the ICC World Cup Qualifiers tournament and Sri Lanka came out as the winners.
The Netherlands stunned everyone by performing exceptionally well against South Africa and scoring their first win of the tournament in the previous fixture. The confidence of the team will be at the highest point.
Sri Lanka is unable to make an impact yet in the World Cup. With three consecutive losses, the Lankan squad is struggling as a team with their future looking bleak in the tournament. The top bookmakers in India have World Cup odds with them.
Ekana Sports Club is known for its inclination towards the batters. The average score of the last 5 ODIs at Ekana is 249.
The betting tip is...
The team batting first to score 250+
The start of the previous fixture was not good for the Netherlands. Batting first, Netherlands’ top order, Vikramjit Singh (2 off 16), Max O’Dowd (18 off 25), and Colin Ackermann (12 off 25), failed to give the team a solid start.
It is because of the same reason, the middle order also failed to handle the situation. However, it was skipper Scott Edwards (78 off 69) who took control of the situation and gave a major push to the overall score of the team.
On the bowling front, Logan Van Beek came out on top as he scalped 3 wickets at an economy of 6.79 in 8.5 overs. Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, and Bas de Leede contributed with two wickets each in the fixture. Netherlands’ bowlers kept control of the game from the beginning and helped the team score their maiden win in the World Cup.
Logan Van Beek, Aryan Dutt, and skipper Scott Edwards are the key players for the team.
Predicted Lineup: Scott Edwards, Max O'Dowd, Teja Nidamanuru, Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede, Colin Ackermann, SA Engelbrecht, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, RE Van Der Merwe, Paul Van Meekeren
After a third consecutive failure, the Sri Lankan squad is in shambles because of their poor performance in the tournament. They are currently at the bottom of the point table with no wins and a net run rate of -1.532. Their previous loss was against Australia where the batters completely failed to handle the bowling attack of the Aussies.
Once Lanka’s top order, Pathum Nissanka (61 off 67) and Kusal Perera (78 off 82) were sent back to the pavilion, the whole team’s batting order was demolished like a house of cards.
On the bowling front, Dilshan Madushanka picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 4.22 in 9 overs. Dunith Wellalage scalped a single but the rest of the bowling unit failed to control the game and couldn't stop the opposition from winning the fixture.
Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Dilshan Madhushanka are the key players for Sri Lanka.
Predicted Lineup: Maheesh Theekshana, Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka, Chamika Karunaratne
The Netherlands will be high on confidence against Sri Lanka on Saturday because of their win against the Proteas. However, Sri Lanka had a good experience playing the ODI against the Netherlands and has a well-balanced team.
The team definitely failed to perform in the previous fixture but their batters have shown a depth in the first two fixtures. We predict a win for Sri Lanka on Saturday.