The Sri Lankan team will take on a confident Oman in the 11th ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 game. The former World Champions made a confident start to the tournament with a 175-run win against the United Arab Emirates. Oman has done well in their two games and defeated the United Arab Emirates in the last game.
The Sri Lankan team looks in excellent form with the bat. The top order played well in the last game and will be a confidence booster for the side. Oman hasn't won a game against a top-ranked ODI side, and they need to punch above their weight. It will be interesting to see how the Omani players approach this game.
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Dasun Shanaka's made a confident start to the tournament. They smashed the United Arab Emirates by 175 runs in their opening game. They will look to continue with the same momentum and retain the top spot on the points table. Shanaka would be happy with the performance of his batters and would like them to continue with the same form and momentum.
Pathum Nissanka and Dimuth Karunaratne set up a 95-run stand in the last game, and they will like to offer a similar start. The middle order looked in good form, and they will expect runs from Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Charith Asalanka. Shanaka, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Wanindu Hasaranga strengthen this batting line-up.
Kasun Rajitha and Lahiru Kumara bowled well in the last game, and they would look for early scalps to put Oman on the backfoot. Wanindu Hasaranga's six wickets in the last game shall make him confident, and he must trouble the batters in the middle overs. Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, and Shanaka make it a strong bowling attack.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:
Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Sri Lanka Actual Playing XI:
Pathum Nissanka, Lahiru Kumara, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kasun Rajitha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dasun Shanaka, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Dimuth Karunaratne, Wanidu Hasaranga
Zeeshan Maqsood's team comes here with back-to-back wins. They defeated Ireland in their first game and followed it up with a 5-wicket win against UAE. The players will feel confident with these victories and must carry this momentum. They will face a tough challenge against the Sri Lankans, and Maqsood would like a determined effort from his players.
Kashyap Prajapati did well in the first game, and he will look to set up a big opening wicket partnership with Jatinder Singh. The middle order looks good, and they will expect runs from Aqib Ilyas, Shoaib Khan, and Mohammad Nadeem. Ayaan Khan and Naseem Khushi must do the big-hitting toward the end.
The bowling attack will face a tough challenge in the last game, and they will need good spells from Bilal Khan and Fayyaz Butt. Maqsood has bowled well in the last two games, and he must keep the scoring rate under check with Mohammad Nadeem in the middle overs as Lankans will come hard at them. Ayaan Khan, Jay Odedra, and Mohammad Nadeem add to their bowling options.
Oman Predicted Playing XI:
Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Kashyap Prajapati, Jatinder Singh, Aqib Ilyas, Mohammad Nadeem, Shoaib Khan, Ayaan Khan, Naseem Khushi (wk), Bilal Khan, Jay Odedra, Fayyaz Butt
Oman Actual Playing XI:
Jatinder Singh, Fayyaz Butt, Bilal Khan, Mohammad Nadeem, Mohammed Naseem Khushi, Jay Odedra, Ayaan Khan, Shoaib Khan, Kashyap Prajapati, Aqib Ilyas, Zeeshan Maqsood
It will be clear skies in Bulawayo on June 23. The wicket is a belter, and batsmen can hit through the line without assistance for the fast bowlers. Fast bowlers have very little from this track. The side batting first will need more than 300 runs to feel confident in this game.
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, has a large outfield. The surface is good for batting as the ball comes to the bat, and batsmen can play their strokes without hesitation. Fast bowlers don't have much on this surface, but spinners have done well as they can turn the ball on the slow track.
Toss: To Bat
This tournament has seen high-scoring games. The batting conditions have been excellent at the start, and we have seen spinners do well in the second half. The side winning the toss will have this in their minds and shouldn't hesitate to bat first.
Oman has won two games, but this will be a real test. The Sri Lankan batsmen are destroying bowling attacks, and the onus would be on Omani bowlers to come up with a strong performance in this game. Sri Lanka has started with a clinical win and has their key players in good form. It makes them favorites in this game.
Sri Lanka to win
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