SL vs WI – ICC World Cup Qualifiers Prediction 07 Jul 2023
ICC World Cup Qualifiers
- Date: 2023-07-07
- Start Time: 09:00
- Location: Harare Sports Club, Harare
- Tournament: ICC World Cup
- Format: One Day International
- Prediction By: Malcolm Richards
On July 7, the Harare Sports Club in Harare will witness an exciting showdown between Sri Lanka and West Indies in the 9th match of the ICC World Cup Qualifier 2023 Super Sixes round.
- Sri Lanka has been dominant throughout the tournament, winning all four of their matches and currently sitting at the top of the table.
- In contrast, West Indies has faced challenges, managing to secure only one victory out of their four matches and finding themselves in fifth place.
- West Indies are already out of contention for the World Cup, while the Lankans have already booked their place.
SL vs WI – WC Qualifiers – Venue Details
Venue: Harare Sports Club, Harare
Date: July 7th 2023
Time: 9:00 (local)
SL vs WI – WC Qualifiers – Team Previews
With an unbeaten record, Sri Lanka has showcased an impressive performance, securing their spot in the highly anticipated ICC World Cup 2023. Their remarkable form has instilled a strong determination to continue their winning streak and carry their momentum into the upcoming Asia Cup.
In the recent encounter against Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka’s strategic choice to field first proved to be fruitful as they effectively limited their opponents to a total of 165 runs. The Sri Lankan batsmen displayed their skill and composure as they comfortably chased down the target, bolstered by a remarkable unbeaten century by Nissanka and an opening partnership that reached an impressive 103 runs.
Having already booked their place for the main tournament in India later this year, the Lankans will look to make some changes in this game, giving opportunities to some of the fringe players in the squad.
In contrast, West Indies exhibited flashes of their past greatness in their most recent encounter against Oman. Winning the toss and electing to bowl first, they made crucial early breakthroughs and effectively restricted Oman to a total of 221 runs. The West Indian batsmen then rose to the occasion, with Brandon King leading the charge by delivering a remarkable century that paved the way for a convincing victory.
But the Windies will have their work cut out against the best team in the competition. Alzaari Joseph will be the key for the Caribbean side with the new ball against the rampaging Sri Lankan openers. The game might be won or lost depending on how the West Indies batsmen tackle the threat of Sri Lanka’s world-class spin attack.
The match promises to be an intriguing contest, as they have experienced contrasting fortunes in the tournament. Sri Lanka will enter the match as the favourites, boasting an unbeaten record and consistent performances. However, West Indies’ recent triumph will undeniably inject them with a renewed sense of confidence and motivation to perform at their best.
SL vs WI – WC Qualifiers – Probable Playing XI’s
Sri Lanka: P Nissanka, D Karunaratne, K Mendis (wk), S Samarawickrama, C Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, D Shanaka (Cap), W Hasaranga, M Theekshana, D Madushanka, M Pathirana
West Indies: B King, J Charles, K Carty, S Hope (Cap & wk), K Mayers, Nich Pooran, R Chase, Keemo Paul, R Shepherd, Keemo Paul, A Hosein
SL vs WI – WC Qualifiers – Pitch Report and Toss Prediction
The outcome of winning the toss at the Harare Sports Club ground is likely to hold significance, as teams may prefer to bowl first. The pitch at this venue is not renowned for generating high-scoring matches, and the prevailing conditions are unlikely to undergo significant changes. Therefore, choosing to field first would offer an advantage due to the relatively easier task of chasing a target.
SL vs WI – WC Qualifiers – Win Prediction
Sri Lanka should comfortably beat the West Indies, who look lost at the moment.