World T20 2021 | SL vs NED: Will Sri Lanka test bench strength as Netherlands search for consolation win?

Abhishek Singh

Abhishek Singh

Author| Oct 21, 6:46 PM

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The clash between Sri Lanka and the Netherlands have a very limited scope of things to do or achieve for both sides as they lie on opposite sides of the spectrum. While Sri Lanka are already through to the Super 12, the Netherlands are out of that race courtesy of two consecutive losses. 

Hence both the teams would be seeking different things from this game. 

The Golden generation of Dutch cricket wasn’t able to deliver as certain decisions off and on the field cost them dearly. Thus now the aim of Pieter Seelaar led side would be to win at least one game and it would be better if it comes against the best team of the group. 

To achieve this goal of theirs the Dutch would have to give a chance to those who haven’t got a real chance, players like Ben Cooper, Paul van Meekeren and Philippe Boissevain as well as giving Ryan ten Doeschate a proper chance to either bowl or bat if he is being kept in the XI. 

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, can test their bench strength especially at the top of the order by playing Dhananjaya de Silva in place of either Kusla Perera or Dinesh Chandimal, both of whom are senior statesmen but haven’t hit form in the tournament in the first two games. 

Similarly, Maheesh Theekshana and Dushmantha Chameera, two of the best bowlers on the island nation’s side could be rested as well so that they are fresh for the Super 12 clashes. But will Micky Arthur take the risk of disturbing a winning XI is a million-dollar question?

Sri Lanka vs Netherlands: Match Details

Match Number - 12

Date and Time - October 22, 2021, 07:30 pm IST, 06:00 pm Local, 14:00 pm GMT

Venue -Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Broadcast and Livestream - Star Sports Network and Hotstar

Pitch Report

For the first time ever Sharjah would be used as a venue for the T20 World Cup and as far s it has been observed during the Indian Premier League, the wickets over there have been low and slow. So a similar wicket might be on display for this game as well. 

Weather Forecast

With plenty of sunshine and no chances of rain or any other disturbance in the offing, the game wouldn’t have anything depending on the weather. However, there are heavy chances of dew and hence a captain winning the toss would look to field first. 

Probable XI

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera (wk), Dinesh Chandimal/ Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Akila Dhananjaya, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara


Max O’Dowd, Ben Cooper, Stephan Myburgh, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Philippe Boissevain, Pieter Seelaar (c), Timm van der Gugten, Logan van Beek, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren

CE XI Fantasy team

Wicketkeeper Kusal Perera

Batters Max O’Dowd, Stephan Myburgh, Avishka Fernando, Pathum Nissanka

All-rounders Pieter Seelaar, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dasun Shanaka

Bowlers Fred Klaassen, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne

Vice-Captain Max O’Dowd

Captain Wanindu Hasaranga

  • Dhananjaya de Silva
  • Wanindu Hasaranga
  • Max O'Dowd
  • Ryan ten Doeschate
  • SL
  • NED
  • T20 WC 2021
  • Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

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