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Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates Match Prediction: Sri Lanka will start their World Cup Qualifiers race against the United Arab Emirates, and the match will be played at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on June 19th, 2023.
Sri Lanka, who won the Asia Cup in 2022, surprising everyone with their performance, also reached the Super 12 of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022 but failed to find their spot in the top 8 teams, and now they will play in the ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023 which is a sad part of the Sri Lankan side because they have been one of the most consistent performing team till 2015 in every ICC major events.
The main downfall of the Sri Lankan cricket team is the player’s attitude, as young players do not show passion for cricket like old cricketers used to do. That’s why after 2015, when Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, and Lasith Malinga retired from the team, the performance of the team went way down, and many people have been accused of doing things that they shouldn’t do as human beings.
Sri Lanka will be the favorite to qualify for the world cup 2023, but it will not be an easy path for them because there are few other teams who will challenge them, but still, they are the favorite to top the table alongside West Indies. Recently they played a series against Afghanistan in which they won the match by 2-1 after the first match was defeated.
The United Arab Emirates has been in qualification rounds many times in the past but never been able to pass through the stage, and this time also, they are not looking like they would because they are up against many top teams who are better than them.
The recent form is a huge concern for them as they lost their last 4 out of 5 matches, and the last series was against West Indies, who thrashed them in the whole series. It is going to be very hard for them to reach the next stage.
The UAE T20 league gave them some new and exciting players, and in coming years, if their boards keep supporting them, then they can be the next Afghanistan, who is right now in the top 8.
Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates: Head-to-Head Record
Sri Lanka and the United Arab Emirates played 2 ODI matches against each other, in which Sri Lanka won quite easily, but that match was played in 2004-2006. Once again, Sri Lanka will be the favorite to win the match as they are the better team in every department. In 2004 Sri Lanka won the match against the United Arab Emirates by 116 runs, and in 2008, once again, Sri Lanka won by 142 runs.
Pitch Report of Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for ICC World Cup Qualifiers Match between Sri Lanka vs the United Arab Emirates on June 19, 2023
|Match Played||82 matches|
|Batting first won||32 matches won|
|Batting second won||45 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||232 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||399/1 by Pakistan|
|Lowest Team innings total||48/10 by Zimbabwe|
Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, is one of the neutral surfaces where both Batters and bowlers get assistance from the pitch. It is all about how they capitalize on it, as it is a fresh pitch, and the first match will be played on the surface, which means it will assist batters more than bowlers, but later on, it will help spinners more.
Pace Bowlers have better results than spin bowlers; that is one of the factors of this pitch.
Team Preview of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka does have a team who can qualify for the ICC World Cup because they are one of the strongest teams in the qualifier round and can win against any team. They really stepped up in the ODI series against Afghanistan, in which they lost the first match after giving a chance to a few new players, but after losing the first match, they replaced them with main players who performed quite well.
Dasun Shanaka is one of the best captains of Sri Lanka because he always plays captain innings when the team needs him to play in the lower down. The team has top talent, and recently, their fast bowling started to take wickets regularly, which is the team’s biggest strength.
Important players for the Sri Lanka team in the match against UAE
1- Pathun Nissanka is one of their best batsmen who can score quick runs and also can play big innings. In the last 8 matches, Nissanka scored 308 runs, averaging 44 runs per match. Overall, he played 26 ODI matches, scoring 847 runs with an average of 33.88.
2- Wanindu Hasaranga is one of the key bowling all-rounders, but in ODI, he did not find much success as he found in the T20 format. Still, he is one of the bowlers who can change the game in the team’s favor. He took 45 wickets in 41 ODI matches and scored 741 runs, averaging 23.90.
Team Preview of United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates will be looking to fight till the end as they are able to reach the qualifiers of the World Cup, which is a huge achievement by the nation because in a tournament like this, so many teams fight to even stand on the stage, which UAE did.
UAE batting is better than its bowling unit because there is no express pace bowler or mystery bowler who can surprise batsmen with his pace or even swing. The spinners are also not very decent, but they have a long time to go.
Important players for the UAE Team in the match against Sri Lanka
1- Asif Khan is one of the most amazing batters of UAE who is consistent with run-scoring as he scored 407 in 9 matches with an average of 45.22 and he can be very crucial for the UAE team because there are only a few batters who can go up against the top side like Sri Lanka.
2- Zahoor Khan is the most experienced bowler in the UAE team and one of the best, too, which is why in his last 9 matches, he took 15 wickets with an economy of just under 5 which is a great feat by a spinner, on a dry flat surface like UAE.
Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates: Probable Playing 11 of Sri Lanka
Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc & wk), Dimuth Karunaratne, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana,
Sri Lanka vs United Arab Emirates: Probable Playing 11 of United Arab Emirates
Waseem Muhammad, Rameez Shahzad, Rohan Mustafa, Zawar Farid, Aryan Lakra, V Aravind(wk), Zahoor Khan, Junaid Siddique, K Meiyappan, Kashif Daud, Raja Akifullah Khan