Fantasy XI - Netherlands (NED) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

WK: Scott Edwards, Kusal Mendis

BAT:  Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Vikramjit Singh 

AR: Logan van Beek, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva

BOWL: Dilshan Madushanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana

C/VC: Wanindu Hasaranga, Logan van Beek 

Harare Sports Club, Harare – Venue Notes

Average First Innings Score in ODIs at Harare since 2020: 255

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Harare since 2020: Win Bat 1st - 36%, Win Bat 2nd - 64%

SL-WI Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at the venue since 2020: Max O'Dowd(6), Vikramjit Singh(10)

SL-WI Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at the venue since 2020: Shariz Ahmed(8)

Pitch Report: There was assistance for pacers in the initial overs but as the match progressed it got easier for the batters to dominate and score runs.

Predicted Playing XI - Netherlands (NED) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Wesley Barresi, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(c&wk), Saqib Zulfiqar, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Clayton Floyd, Ryan Klein

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka

Fantasy Notes - Netherlands (NED) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

What happened when these two sides faced each other in the Qualifiers match at Bulawayo?

  • Sri Lanka batted first and 4 out of their top five were dismissed quite cheaply by the Dutch powerplay bowlers - Logan van Beek and Ryan Klein. There will be assistance for pacers in the powerplay while bowling first at Harare as well.
  • Dhananjaya de Silva (93) was the star performer with the bat along with Dimuth Karunaratne (33), who survived the powerplay threat. Sri Lanka posted 213 runs on the board.
  • In the second innings, both Dutch openers - Max O'Dowd, Vikramjit Singh, and later Teja Nidamannuru were dismissed for a duck. Barresi, de Leede, and Scott Edwards provided momentum to the chase but in the end, they succumbed to the spin duo of Theekshana and Hasaranga, and the Netherlands were bowled out for 192.

Points to consider

  • Base Team picks: Wanindu Hasaranga, Logan van Beek, Bas de Leede, Maheesh Theekshana
  • This will be the second time that these two teams will meet in ODIs since 2006 after facing each other recently at Bulawayo. They have played each other twice in T20Is, in the last 3 years. Sri Lanka won both those matches and it also saw both Maheesh Theekshana (4 wickets) and Wanindu Hasaranga (6 wickets) picking up a couple of wickets in the 2 matches.
  • Powerplay and death overs bowlers provide high fantasy value when bowling first at Harare. 
  • SL powerplay bowlers: Dilshan Madushanka, Dasun Shanaka and Maheesh Theekshana. SL Death overs: Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana and Dasun Shanaka (support option)
  • NED powerplay bowlers: Logan van Beek, Ryan Klein; NED death overs: Logan van Beek, Bas de Leede, and Ryan Klein
  • Kusal Mendis has had trouble against express pace and right-arm pace early on in his innings and he was dismissed by Chris Sole (Scotland) and Barry McCarthy (Ireland) in the last 2 matches.  Pathum Nissanka also has a similar weakness which he countered well in the last match. Both these batters will face the early threat while batting first but in a chase, they are more comfortable.
  • Back the top 3 to score a bulk of the runs if Sri Lanka is chasing. It is when they are batting first, that it gets tricky for them and we also have to take some extra risks.
  •  We will consider Sadeera Samarawickrama if SL bats first as he has looked solid at Number 4. His batting was not required in the last 2 matches as SL were chasing and the top order scored a bulk of the runs - that has contributed to his selection falling but we see this as a good opportunity to take advantage of his differential value.
  •  A decision on the other picks will be made after the toss.
  • Netherlands vs Off Spin in ODIs in 2023: Inns - 11, Wickets Lost - 26, Avg - 22 (Vikramjit Singh, Bas de Leede and Max O'Dowd have the worst record among the Dutch players, while Teja Nidamanurru, Scott Edwards and Wesley Barresi have been good against this bowling type). It highlights the importance of Maheesh Theekshana in the powerplay!
  • Similarly, we expect Wanindu Hasaranga and Dhananjaya de Silva to return for the Final. Both these players will play an important role if Sri Lanka are batting first. Back de Silva as a differential allrounder pick in your team as he is selected in just 23.6% of teams.


Differentials (based on toss): Saqib Zulfiqar (30.6%) - allround value, Sadeera Samarawickrama - if SL bat first (14.3%)

Alt C/VC: Dimuth Karunaratne/Pathum Nissanka (if SL chasing), Maheesh Theekshana

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Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric