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ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023, 15th Match | SL vs IRE, Fantasy Tips and Predictions- Cricket Exchange Fantasy Teams

image-lja065xpSL vs IRE, ICC World Cup Qualifiers 2023: Fantasy Tips and Teams for Match 15 (Source: Twitter)

The in-form Sri Lankans (SL) square off against the struggling Ireland side (IRE) in Match No. 15 of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers edition. The Group B encounter is scheduled to take place on a doubleheader Sunday, June 25, 2023, at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo at 12.30 PM IST. The 1996 World Cup champions Sri Lanka won both matches, while the Irish suffered defeats in their opening two matches. 

However, before the game goes live, here is a look at some of the important player stats, the prime player picks, and the best-suggested XIs for the fantasy contests of this clash.

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Dasun Shanaka's Lankan Lions crushed the United Arab Emirates by a huge margin of 175 runs in their opener before claiming another solid 10-wicket victory over Oman in the next. Spinner Wanindu Hasaranga has been in scintillating form as he has picked up 11 wickets in just two outings. Sri Lanka tops the Group B chart with 4 points and a healthy net run rate of 4.220.

Meanwhile, it's been a shocking and disappointing start for Andy Balbirnie's Ireland, as they have played two and lost two. They began their campaign with a 5-wicket loss at the hands of Oman before facing another defeat by a narrow margin of one wicket against neighbours Scotland. They are placed in the fourth spot in the table with zero points and a net run rate of -0.177.

SL vs IRE, Team Form Guide (Most Recent First) (Completed matches)

Sri Lanka: W-W-W-W-L

Ireland: L-L-L-L-L

SL vs IRE, Must Picks

Sri Lanka

Dimuth Karunaratne

  • ODI Stats: 992 runs in 35 innings
  • Recent Form: 113 runs in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 113 runs in two innings

Pathum Nissanka

  • ODI Stats: 941 runs in 28 innings
  • Recent Form: 94 runs in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 94 runs in two innings


Harry Tector

  • ODI Stats: 1338 runs in 32 innings
  • Recent Form: 58 runs in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 6 runs in one innings

George Dockrell

  • ODI Stats: 1210 runs in 79 innings and 101 wickets in 99 ininngs
  • Recent Form: 160 runs and 3 wickets in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 69 runs and 2 wickets in the last two innings

SL vs IRE, Risky Picks

Sri Lanka

Charith Asalanka

  • ODI Stats: 954 runs in 26 innings
  • Recent Form: 54 runs in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 48 runs in one innings


Andy McBrine

  • ODI Stats: 729 runs in 51 innings and 79 wickets in 73 innings
  • Recent Form: 52 runs and zero wickets in the last two innings
  • Venue Record: 32 runs and zero wickets in one innings

SL vs IRE, Top Captain or Vice-captain choices

Dimuth Karunaratne (SL)


  • Sri Lanka's Test skipper Dimuth Karunaratne has been in some form in the ODIs lately.
  • The left-handed batter, who is approaching 1000 runs in the format, has now struck four consecutive half-centuries.

  • Karunaratne has scored the second-most runs for Sri Lanka in 2023 at an average of 75.00.
Pathum Nissanka (SL)


  • Karunaratne's opening partner Pathum Nissanka is the leading run-getter for Sri Lanka in the format this year.
  • The right-handed player has smashed 364 runs at  an average of 52.00 with four half-centuries.
  • Nissanka already has scores of 57 and 37* under his belt in the ongoing competition.

Harry Tector (IRE)


  • Youngster Harry Tector is the leading run-scorer for Ireland in ODIs in 2023.
  • The right-handed batter has struck 443 runs at an average of 63.28 with two centuries and two fifties this year.
  • Tector averages 51.46 overall in the ODI format with four tons and nine fifties to his name.

SL vs IRE, Team for Head-to-Head/Small League Contests

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image-lj9ztgxmSL vs IRE, Match 15: Team for Head-to-head Contests (Powered by Cricket Exchange)

Wicketkeeper: Kusal Mendis
Batters: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth  Karunaratne, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, George Dockrell
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Joshua Little

Captain: Dimuth Karunaratne
Vice-captain: Harry Tector

SL: 5 Players, IRE: 6 Players

SL vs IRE, Team for Winner takes all/Grand League Contests

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image-lja03m57SL vs IRE, Match 15: Team fro Winner Takes All Contests (Powered by Cricket Exchange)

Wicketkeepers: Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Lorcan Tucker
Batters: Dimuth Karunaratne, Charith Asalanka, Andy Balbirnie
All-rounders: Wanindu Hasaranga, Andy McBrine
Bowlers: Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Joshua Little

Captain: Kusal Mendis
Vice-captain: Dimuth Karunaratne

SL: 7 Players, IRE: 4 Players