The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 is just around the corner and cricket fans are eagerly waiting for the exciting matches that will take place in India. One of the most anticipated matches is the one between Netherland and Sri Lanka, which will be played on October 21, 2023 at Ekana Sports City Lucknow. Both teams have qualified for the World Cup after performing well in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023, where Sri Lanka emerged as the winner and Netherland as the runner-up. In this article, we will provide you with a betting preview and predictions for this match, based on the current form, head-to-head record, pitch report, weather forecast, and other factors.
Sri Lanka is in a great form right now, having won all their seven matches in the World Cup Qualifier 2023. They have a balanced squad with some experienced players like Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, and Dasun Shanaka, as well as some young talents like Pathum Nissanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, and Matheesha Pathirana. Their bowling attack is their biggest strength, as they have conceded more than 200 runs only once in the tournament. Hasaranga is the leading wicket-taker with 20 scalps in six innings, while Theekshana and Pathirana have also impressed with their spin bowling.
Netherland is also a formidable team that has shown a lot of improvement in recent years. They have qualified for the World Cup for the first time since 2011 and have some players who have played in various T20 leagues around the world. Their captain Scott Edwards is a hard-hitting batsman and a reliable wicket-keeper, while Max O’Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, and Logan van Beek are some of their other key players. Their bowling department is led by Ryan Klein, who has taken 15 wickets in six matches in the Qualifier 2023.
Sri Lanka and Netherland have played only one ODI match against each other so far, which was in the Super Six stage of the World Cup Qualifier 2023. Sri Lanka won that match by eight wickets with 117 balls remaining. Nissanka scored an unbeaten 87 off 80 balls and Karunaratne made 70 off 77 balls as Sri Lanka chased down the target of 189 with ease. Klein took both the wickets for Netherland, while Edwards top-scored for them with 50 off 47 balls.
The pitch at Ekana Sports City Lucknow is expected to be a batsman-friendly wicket that has good bounce and pace. The ball will come on to the bat nicely and allow the batsmen to play their shots freely. However, the pitch will also offer some assistance to the spinners, especially in the second innings when it will start to turn and bounce more. The fast bowlers will have to rely on their variations and accuracy to trouble the batsmen.
The weather forecast for October 21, 2023 in Lucknow is cloudy with a slight chance of rain. The temperature will be around 28 degrees Celsius and the humidity will be around 43%. A light breeze of 10 kmph will be blowing across the ground. The rain might affect the match and reduce the number of overs or cause interruptions.
Based on the current form, head-to-head record, pitch report, weather forecast, and other factors, we predict that Sri Lanka will win this match against Netherland. Sri Lanka has a more experienced and balanced squad than Netherland and has been playing consistently well in the Qualifier 2023. Their bowling attack is their main weapon and they will look to restrict Netherland to a low score or chase down any target with ease. Netherland will have to play out of their skins to challenge Sri Lanka and hope for some luck with the weather and toss.
We recommend betting on Sri Lanka to win this match at odds of [1.25] on Bet365. You can also bet on Sri Lanka to score more than [300 runs] in their innings at odds of [2.00] on Betway. Another good bet is on Hasaranga to be the [top bowler] for Sri Lanka at odds of [3.50] on Betfair.
We hope that you enjoyed reading our betting preview and predictions for the match between Netherland and Sri Lanka in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023. We wish you good luck with your bets and hope that you will win some money. Please remember to gamble responsibly and only bet what you can afford to lose.
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