Fantasy XI - Scotland (SCO) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

WK: Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis

BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Richie Berrington

AR: Wanindu Hasaranga, Brandon McMullen, Michael Leask

BOWL: Mark Watt, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana

C/VC: Wanindu Hasaranga, Dimuth Karunaratne

Alts: Chris Sole, Charith Asalanka

Alt C/VC: Brandon McMullen

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 - 12, Win Bat 2nd - 9

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

SCO-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. Scotland had also played their first match against Ireland here.

Predicted Playing XI - Scotland (SCO) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Scotland: Christopher McBride, Matthew Cross(wk), Brandon McMullen, Richie Berrington©, Tomas Mackintosh, Michael Leask, Chris Greaves, Mark Watt, Safyaan Sharif, Chris Sole, Adrian Neill

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 - Scotland (SCO) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Points to consider

  • Base Team picks: Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Brandon McMullen, Lahiru Kumara
  • Chris Greaves picked up a 5-fer in the last match and he complete a majority of his quota of overs. At the same time, Michael Leask's overs were limited. It is difficult to predict the usage of these bowlers but Leask has a good reason to bowl a couple of overs against left handers Karunaratne and Asalanka.
  • Among the Scotland pacers, Chris Sole has an excellent record in ODIs and has bowled very good spells in the 3 matches. On the other hand, Safyaan Sharif has a couple of good slower variration deliveries which can be handy especially in the death overs while bowling first.
  • Sri Lanka have been by far the best team in the World Cup Qualifiers. If SL bowls first, you can load up on their pacers and pick their top order batters, as they have been comfortable in chasing. 
  • On the other hand, if Scotland bowls first, it would get trickier for us to select the batters. Ideally, it is a good idea to back their top 4 to score the bulk of the runs and in the second innings, Wanindu Hasaranga will be expected to dominate once again and pick most of the wickets because Scotland, just like Ireland also struggles against wrist spin.


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