Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo – Venue Notes

Average First Innings Score in ODIs at Bulawayo since 2016: 211

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Bulawayo since 2016: Win Bat 1st - 11, Win Bat 2nd - 9

IRE-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at the venue: Kusal Mendis(7)

IRE-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at the venue: Wanind Hasaranga(2), 

Pitch Report: There was moisture on the wicket in the games at this ground. The center pitch used in this matches so far had runs on offer but another pitch which was used in the Warm up match was tacky and tricky for the batters. This surface also offered assistance for spinners in the latter half of the match.

Sri Lanka played both their Qualifier matches at this ground. Ireland had also played their first match against Scotland here.

Predicted Playing XI - Sri Lanka (SL) vs Oman (OMN)

Ireland: Andy McBrine, Paul Stirling, Andy Balbirnie©, Harry Tector, Lorcan Tucker(wk), Curtis Campher, George Dockrell, Gareth Delany, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Ben White

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

Fantasy Notes - Ireland (IRE) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Points to consider

  • Base Team picks: Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Dockrell, Harry Tector, Mark Adair, Lahiru Kumara
  • Sri Lanka have dominated proceeding in their games at this ground especially Wanindu Hasaranga, who picked up 5 wickets each in both matches. He is a default captain in this match as well given that Ireland are not great batters against spin.
  • Ireland has two quality new ball bowlers in Mark Adair and Josh Little which means that the Sri Lankan openers should be cautious in the powerplay especially if they are batting in the first innings. If they are chasing, they should quite easily chase down the target as the Irish are one of the worst teams when defending a total in recent times.
  • Andy McBrine is only selected in 19% of teams. He is currently opening the batting for Ireland and will bowl most of his overs of off spin in this match. He has so far produced 26 and 50 fantasy points which is a basic return that we would expect from our picks.
  • If Sri Lanka bowls first, we will ideally look to back most of their bowlers and pick the top 3 batters, hoping that they will be able to chase down the total without losing further wickets. This will almost be a default combination and in which case, you should prefer playing Grand leagues with multiple teams.

Fantasy XI - Ireland (IRE) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

WK: Kusal Mendis

BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, George Dockrell, Harry Tector

AR: Wanindu Hasaranga, Curtis Campher, Mark Adair

BOWL: Josh Little, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

C/VC: Wanindu Hasaranga, Kusal Mendis

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Stats Credit: Cricinfo, Cricmetric