The Sri Lanka national cricket team (SL) will square off against West Indies (WI) in the final Super Sixes game of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 on Friday, July 7. The match will be played at Harare Sports Club from 12:30 PM IST.
SL vs WI Dream11 prediction for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023
Led by captain Dasun Shanaka, Sri Lanka became the first team to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2023 from the ongoing qualifiers.
With eight points from four matches, Sri Lanka are currently placed at the top of the Super Sixes standings with a net run-rate of +1.817. They will look to continue their unbeaten run in the ongoing qualifiers and consolidate their place at the top of the Super Sixes standings ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 final on Sunday.
On the other hand, two-time winners West Indies have failed to qualify for the ICC World Cup for the first time in the tournament's history. They were knocked out of the qualification race after losing to Scotland by seven wickets in their Super Sixes clash.
With just two points from four matches, the West Indies cricket team is placed fifth in the Super Sixes standings and will aim to end their campaign with a win over Sri Lanka.
West Indies have a slight edge over Sri Lanka in their head-to-head record in ODI cricket, winning 31 of the 63 matches. Sri Lanka have registered 29 victories so far.
However, going by recent form, Sri Lanka will start as favourites against West Indies in Harare on Friday.
SL vs WI Dream11 team tips for ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023
Top Tip: Best batter
Sri Lanka’s Pathum Nissanka has been one the leading batters in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023. The 25-year-old opening batter has scored 290 runs in six matches at an impressive average of 72.50. Having accrued 381 fantasy points, Pathum Nissanka will be a great fantasy pick for this match at 8.5 credits.
Top Tip: Best bowler
In the bowling department, Sri Lanka’s Maheesh Theekshana could be the wrecker-in-chief against West Indies in Harare. The right-arm off-spinner has already picked up 13 wickets in six matches at an average of 14.69. Theekshana has already amassed 509 fantasy points and could be a wise pick at just 8 credits.
Top Tip: Best all-rounder and wicket-keeper
Among the all-rounders between the two teams, Wanindu Hasaranga of Sri Lanka will be the preferred choice on current form. The 25-year-old leg-spinner has been the highest wicket-taker in the ongoing tournament, having scalped 20 wickets in just six matches at an average of 12.45. Having accumulated 778 fantasy points, picking Hasaranga in any fantasy cricket team is a no-brainer at 9 credits.
West Indies captain Shai Hope pips Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis for the wicket-keeper spot. Despite failing to qualify for the ODI World Cup, Shai Hope has shone with the bat for the West Indies in the qualifiers. The swashbuckling batter has amassed 339 runs in six matches apart from fulfilling his captaincy and wicket-keeping responsibilities. Hope has already racked up 483 fantasy points and will be a quality investment in any fantasy team at 9 credits.
SL vs WI ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 playing XI (probable)
Sri Lanka playing XI (probable): Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis (wicketkeeper), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Dilshan Madushanka, Matheesha Pathirana
West Indies playing XI (probable): Brandon King, Johnson Charles, Keacy Carty, Shai Hope (captain/wicketkeeper), Nicholas Pooran, Kyle Mayers, Roston Chase, Keemo Paul, Kevin Sinclair, Romario Shepherd, Akeal Hosein
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