Netherlands Vs Sri Lanka, Match Preview
An intriguing first round ends with a dead rubber. Sri Lanka are through to the next round, and Netherlands are out. There isn’t much to play for, and both sides could come out with a sense of freedom.
Sri Lanka might take the dead rubber as a chance to experiment with their top-order. The top-order has struggled to score runs, and Sri Lanka has another chance to find form at the top before the main draw. The pacers could be given some rest after doing well in the first round.
Netherlands has a chance to make a mark on the tournament. They are out of contention, but will like to end their tournament on a high. A win could boost Netherlands Cricket, and help them find a way forward in the Cricketing World.
Netherlands Vs Sri Lanka, Team News
Netherlands could make some changes with their side now that they are out. They struggled with both bat and ball at different stages, and could look at a new combination.
Sri Lanka might rest Chandimal, who has been in poor form. They have back-up options and could also try some new pacers.
Netherlands Vs Sri Lanka, Predicted XIs
Sri Lanka (possible): 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Charith Asalanka, 4 Avishka Fernando, 5 Bhanuka Rajapaksa, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Wanindu Hasaranga, 9 Binura Fernando, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Lahiru Kumara
Netherlands (possible): 1 Max O’Dowd, 2 Stephan Myburgh, 3 Roelof van der Merwe, 4 Colin Ackerman, 5 Ryan ten Doeschate, 6 Scott Edwards (wk), 7 Bas de Leede, 8 Pieter Seelar, 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Fred Klaassen, 11 Timm van der Gugten/Brandon Glover
Netherlands Vs Sri Lanka, Players to Watch out for
Ryan Ten Doeschate
Ten Doeschate could be playing his final game for Netherlands. He has been a key player for them over the years. Having made his debut in 2006, Ten Doeschate developed into one of the best associate players. He has the highest average in ODI Cricket, and is full of experience. He has played in various leagues, and with one more game to go, Ten Doeschate will want to finish on a high.
In the previous game, Hasaranga showed up with a brilliant performance with the bat. He is a superstar for the future, and the all-rounder is turning heads each day. His bowling looks good, and his batting has been magnificent.
Netherlands Vs Sri Lanka, Pitch Report
The Sharjah pitch was very slow during the IPL. There is variable bounce, grip and turn on offer. Batting first is a better option on a slow surface. However, the possibility of dew may prompt sides to chase. There is dew in the UAE, and that could affect the spinners.