ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023: Sri Lanka vs UAE Match 3 Fantasy Predictions

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Match 3 Details

The ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers began on Jun 18 and we witnessed a fantastic opening of the first two matches. The first match was won by the hosts of this tournament Zimbabwe comfortably and West Indies won the second match with a decent margin of 39 runs. The 3rd match will be played between Sri Lanka and UAE at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo on 18 June. Sri Lanka is pretty confident about this fixture while the UAE would want to do their best in the field.

Pitch Report

It is a fresh wicket and the captains would want to bowl first. The surface would be a bit slow initially and as the game progresses, it gets better to bat on.

Sri Lanka vs UAE Match 3 Preview

Team Sri Lanka

The Lankans have been shaping well for the upcoming ICC CWC 2023 in India. They got the better of Afghanistan recently in the 3-match ODI series at home. They won it by 2-1 and therefore they are coming into this match on the back of that series win. They look like favourites to qualify for the World Cup. 

Dasun Shanaka has grown as a good leader for Sri Lanka. The top order includes stylish Pathum Nissanka and an experienced southpaw Dimuth Karunaratne who made a strong comeback in the ODIs for Sri Lanka. The middle order is strong enough to attack the opposition with the likes of Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka and the wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis.

The bowlers have also shown some discipline in their lines and lengths. Kasun Rajitha, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara and Maheesh Thikshana could handle the proceedings.

Team UAE

Currently, there are some weak cricket performances that have cost them some matches. Especially, the three-match series at home with West Indies winning it by 3-0. They got thrashed completely and now they would want to rectify their mistakes in this must-win tournament. 

Muhammed Waseem would lead the team again but there are some concerts regarding his form. He bats at the top order but is yet to fire. The experienced Vritya Aravind and Basil Hameed would be the key players in the middle order. Ali Naseer, the star all-rounder of the team has been exceptionally doing well. He scored back-to-back fifties against West Indies and also took some wickets. 

The bowlers really need to rise to the occasion. Their economies have been on the higher side and couldn’t take crucial wickets. Zahoor Khan would be the key bowler who can strike early. Karthik Meiyappan had been brilliant for his team and he would be the key asset in the spin department. 

Head-to-Head Records

Whenever these teams faced each other, Sri Lanka won both games while UAE none.

Matches Played SL WonUAE wonTieResult
22000

Key Players To Watch

We are taking stats of the recently concluded ICC CWC 2023 Qualifiers warm-up matches to understand their form.

Team Sri Lanka

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. Avg.Bat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg
D Karunaratne215879101.9
K Mendis213266115.7
D Shanaka2122122110.9
K Rajitha259.4
M Pathirana2513.4

Team UAE

PlayerMatchesRunsBat. Avg.Bat. SRWicketsBowl. Avg.
B Hameed2122122110.9
A Naseer2515
K Meiyappan2419

Squads

Team Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(wk), Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Matheesha Pathirana, Dushan Hemantha, Kasun Rajitha

Team UAE

Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Karthik Meiyappan, Junaid Siddique, Zahoor Khan, Rameez Shahzad, Muhammad Jawadullah, Ethan DSouza

SL vs UAE Match 3 Fantasy Predictions

Sri Lanka

  • D Karunaratne might play handy innings at the top. He has recently come back to the squad and is doing a great job. He scored a fine century in the last warm-up match against the USA.
  • Kusal Mendis also hit a fabulous century with a healthy strike rate. He is an aggressive batter and would attack the bowlers to keep the run rate in check.
  • C Asalanka is a fine batsman in the middle order. He could finish the innings on a high note. His ability to soak the pressure and hit the spin bowlers is remarkable.
  • K Rajitha has been brilliant for Sri Lanka over the last few years. He picked up 5 wickets in the warm-up matches. His swing bowling at the initial stages would come in handy.
  • M Pathirana who recently impressed everyone in the IPL 2023, could be again doing what he does best. His yorkers and pace variations in the middle and death overs could put pressure on the opposition. He took 5 wickets in the warm-up matches.

UAE

  • B Hameed struck his form in the last warm-up match. He smashed a fine hundred against West Indies in a losing cause. He could come in handy as a spinner in the middle overs.
  • Ali Naseer had not only just impressed with the bat but with the ball too. He took some crucial wickets too. Therefore, his bowling skills could also prove worthy.
  • K Meiyappan, a talented spinner who bowls with a lot of variations could be a go-to bowler in the middle stages of the game. He took 4 wickets in the warm-up matches.
  • Zahoor Khan would be the key bowler to give breakthroughs to the team. He could strike early and put his team on top.

Probable Playing XI

Team Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Thikshana, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana

Team UAE

Muhammad Waseem (c), Aryansh Sharma, Vriitya Aravind (wk), Asif Khan, Rohan Mustafa, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer, Aayan Afzal Khan, Sanchit Sharma, Karthik Meiyappan, Zahoor Khan

Fantasy Playing XI

Based on the stats above, this could be the fantasy team.

  • Wicketkeepers: Vriitya Aravind, Kusal Mendis
  • Batters:  Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, 
  • All-Rounders: Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Basil Hameed, Ali Naseer
  • Bowlers: Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Karthik Meiyappan
  • Captain: Wanindu Hasaranga /  Dimuth Karunaratne
  • Vice-captain: Ali Naseer / Kusal Mendis

Conclusion

Sri Lanka would be pleased with its form and they would want to win this fixture comfortably. The only matter is their lower order which isn’t tested due to good performances from the upper order. They need to be aware of it. On the other hand, UAE could only hope for a better performance than previous outings. They should fight till the end to give good competition. This is surely a good contest to watch. Will Sri Lanka dominate or the USA would do some magic? Let’s wait for the results to come.

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