ICC World Cup 2023: Sri Lanka (263/5) secures their first win this World Cup as they defeat the Netherlands (262) by 5 wickets

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Following their victorious encounter with South Africa in Delhi, Netherlands captain Scott Edwards proudly espoused the concept of 'total cricket,' a strategy borrowed from football and famously used in the 1970s in the Netherlands. In simple terms, 'total cricket' involves a fluid and versatile system where any player can assume the role of another (excluding the goalkeeper). Edwards drew parallels in the context of cricket after his No.8 and No.9 batsmen, Roelof van der Merwe and Aryan Dutt, stepped up to fulfill the batting responsibilities that the top-order couldn't, thereby altering the course of the game.

Sri Lanka, too, may find 'total cricket' to be the need of the hour. Their World Cup campaign has featured a few individual moments of brilliance, but these have not translated into points on the board. Inconsistency has plagued them, with a weakened bowling unit letting them down in Delhi and Hyderabad, and their batting collapsing from strong positions in Lucknow.

A little over a month ago, Sri Lanka was riding a 13-game winning streak in ODIs, second only to Australia's 21 from 2003. However, their fortunes have taken a sharp downturn since then, resulting in just one win in six matches. Adding to their troubles is the form and mental state of the Netherlands, often perceived as outsiders and non-elite. Sri Lanka has repeatedly found themselves nursing wounds in this tournament, while Edwards's team comes in fresh, having exemplified the tournament cliché that "any team can beat any other team on their day."

Saturday's day game was initially considered one of the less glamorous fixtures of the tournament, but the narratives have since evolved, and expectations have risen. Sri Lanka is in need of a turning point, while Netherlands sees this as a rare opportunity to ascend in the tournament's standings.

When: October 21, 2023, 10:30 AM IST

Where: Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow



Just three days have passed since their remarkable victory in Delhi. Unless there are any minor injuries or concerns stemming from that win, it would be prudent for them to field the same starting eleven against Sri Lanka.

In terms of tactics and strategy, the Netherlands may opt to steer clear of the pressure of chasing runs, aiming to enhance their prospects of upsetting another opponent. Similar to Afghanistan, their counterparts in giant-killing feats, the Netherlands would be wiser to set a challenging target and then unite to defend it.

Recent encounters with this particular opponent provide solid evidence to support this approach, as they fell short in two run-chases against Sri Lanka during the World Cup qualifiers.

Sri Lanka:

Angelo Mathews and Dushmantha Chameera are set to arrive on the eve of the game as backup players. However, they can only be included in the playing eleven if Sri Lanka officially substitute one of their existing 15 squad members with them. An option for Sri Lanka might be to bring in Kasun Rajitha to inject some freshness into a struggling bowling department.

In terms of tactics and strategy, Sri Lanka's strongest suit lies in their batting, particularly during the middle overs. Players like Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Charith Asalanka have been exceptional in this phase, with respective averages of 57.4, 48.0, and 49.1 between the 11th and 40th over in matches this year.


Netherlands Squad: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Sybrand Engelbrecht, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Logan van Beek, Roelof van der Merwe, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Wesley Barresi, Ryan Klein, Shariz Ahmad, Saqib Zulfiqar

Sri Lanka Squad: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis(w/c), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dunith Wellalage, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Matheesha Pathirana, Kasun Rajitha, Dimuth Karunaratne


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Netherlands won the toss and chose to bat.


Sri Lanka
: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis (capt & wk), 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dhananjaya de Silva, 7 Dushan Hemantha, 8 Chamika Karunaratne, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Kasun Rajitha, 11 Dilshan Madushanka

Netherlands: 1 Vikramjit Singh, 2 Max O'Dowd, 3 Colin Ackermann, 4 Bas de Leede, 5 Teja Nidamanuru, 6 Scott Edwards (capt & wk), 7 Sybrand Engelbrecht, 8 Roelof van der Merwe, 9 Logan van Beek, 10 Aryan Dutt, 11 Paul van Meekeren
Netherlands lost the 1st wicket. Vikramjit Singh is gone. Score is 7/1
Very good call by the Dutch - they are aware of their strengths & limits. Instead of putting Lankans in (because it’s a day game) & then chase against their spinners in afternoon, they are trying to post a total & catch SRL off guard.

Sign of a well prepared team.
Sri Lanka have no issues with their batting against average bowling attacks on flat pitches! So I think they will be happy to chase any total Netherlands post! I am guessing Sri Lanka will open their win account today!
Max O'Dowd is gone on the last ball of the 1st PP. After 10 overs, Netherlands is 48/2. It will be a good contest if Netherlands does manage to score around 260-270.
Ackerman has to bat through. Batting first is definitely good here.
Very good call by the Dutch - they are aware of their strengths & limits. Instead of putting Lankans in (because it’s a day game) & then chase against their spinners in afternoon, they are trying to post a total & catch SRL off guard.

Sign of a well prepared team.
First world country professionalism. I said this before but if NL take cricket seriously (if ever) they can easily become an Australia type team.
Even on their worst days Sri Lanka speciality is minnow bashing. So expecting them to comfortably win
Bas de Leede is gone as well. 4 down now for NED. 69/4. They are in deep trouble. can see much batting left in them
Somebody has to tell Erasmus leg before is a legitimate dismissal. That is obvious three reds. He did the same in Pak/India match
Netherlands 100 is up
They are 100/6 in 24 overs with a RR of 4.16
The lankans have bowled well to restrict them today
Netherlands is 116/6 in 29 overs with a Run Rate of 4.0
Lost too many wickets and a big score is looking far away in this scenario. 200 top is what I can see they will score if they bat throughout the overs.
After 39 overs, Netherlands is 173/6. A good partnership building here.
Hmm interesting…. This Dutch team has Pakistan’s unpredictability dialed to 1000

Highest 7th wicket partnership in ODI WC history now…
What on earth happened? I thought Sri Lanka would be batting by now
Oh boy, what a comeback again from the Dutch boys. Excellent to see them do what other top teams have not been able to do so far. Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek really made it difficult for Sri Lanka to get them out for a low total. Superb batting from them. 261/9 with 2 balls remaining.
What a remarkable recovery by Netherlands from 91/6 to 262… they done it 2nd time…. One more upset coming?
Kusal Mendis is also gone. Aryan Dutt has 2 now. this is a big wicket for Netherlands
Sri Lanka are 104/2 after 16 overs and are going well despite losing 2 early wickets
They are going at a quick pace and require 160 more runs at a required rr of 4.67
Great performance from the two lankan opening bowlers today. There was one run out, so the opening pair bagged all but one wicket today. Very impressive

After 25 Overs Sri Lanka are 139/3
They require 124 runs with a RRR of 4.96
While Sadeera and Asalanka are looking ok, it's still anyone's game. This could be shaping up to be the closest game of the WC so far
SL - 173/3 (31)

S Samarawickrama (49*) and C Asalanka (37*) have added 69 off 89 and the Lankans now need only 90 off 19 overs. Maybe it wont be so close after all
Now every team has points.
Is this the only worldcup where each participating team managed to win atleast one match???
Sri Lanka open World Cup account with solid win in Lucknow

Sri Lanka shone with the ball in their bowling innings and showed discipline with the bat to take their ICC Men's Cricket World Cup encounter against Netherlands by five wickets.

Sri Lanka began the chase positively but were rocked by two quick blows from Aryan Dutt in the first Powerplay. However, they made strong progress thereafter on the back of positive knocks from

Sadeera Samarawickrama (91*), Pathum Nissanka (54) and Charith Asalanka (44).

Earlier, feisty fifties from Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek helped Netherlands to a competitive total against Sri Lanka in Lucknow. Kasun Rajitha (4/50) and Dilshan Madushanka (4/49) starred with the ball for Sri Lanka.

Sadeera Samarawickrama and Charith Asalanka ensured that Sri Lanka marched ahead towards their target without too many hiccups after the 25-over mark. Despite losing Asalanka for 44 in the 34th over, Sri Lanka were well-placed to win the game.

A solid 76-run stand between Samarawickrama and Dhananjaya de Silva helped them close in on the target. They won the game in the 49th over.

Aryan Dutt's accurate bowling troubled Sri Lanka during their chase of 263. Kusal Perera fell early when he failed to gain the elevation while going for a cut, and played one straight to the short third man.

While Pathum Nissanka hit a brisk, boundary-clad knock to keep Sri Lanka in the chase, Dutt struck yet again in the final over of the Powerplay. This time he got Kusal Mendis, who fell to a mistimed sweep which went up in the air and was grasped by Paul van Meekeren at short fine leg. Nissanka continued in aggressive fashion and hit a brisk fifty in the 15th over. In that over, Sri Lanka took 16 runs off Bas de Leede. However, van Meekeren struck back for the Dutch in the 17th over and removed Nissanka for 54.

Asalanka arrived at No.5 to hold the innings together with a patient knock, even as Samarawickrama went for his shots.

In the morning, after early damage from Kasun Rajitha and Dilshan Madushanka had Netherlands reeling at 91/6, Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek put together a crucial partnership for the Dutch.

They added 130 runs for the seventh wicket, which was a Cricket World Cup record for that wicket. Both batters got to their career-best scores: Engelbrecht getting to 70, while van Beek finished on 59.

Their stand helped the Dutch overcome a tricky phase and cross the 200-run mark.

Dilshan Madushanka (4/49) struck back for Sri Lanka in a brilliant final spell. He accounted for Engelbrecht and Roelof van der Merwe. He got good support from Rajitha, who finished with 4/50.

Rajitha did the early damage with three wickets while pace partner Dilshan Madushanka later ensured Sri Lanka remained on top with two scalps of his own.

The Sri Lanka spinners then came on to control the middle overs as Maheesh Theekshana claimed the key wicket of Netherlands skipper Scott Edwards (16) who had won the toss and elected to bat first.

The Dutch had to battle through a difficult early period as Sri Lanka quicks Rajitha and Madushanka moved the ball through the air at BRSABVE Cricket Stadium.

After several close calls Sri Lanka eventually struck when Rajitha trapped Netherlands opener Vikramjit Singh (4) in front of his stumps, then backed it up when knocking down Max O'Dowd's (16) castle at the end of the Powerplay.

Netherlands were in deeper trouble when Colin Ackermann (29) nicked a wide ball to Kusal Mendis behind the stumps off the bowling of Rajitha with the total on 54.

Rajitha finished his opening spell of seven overs - the longest so far at this Cricket World Cup - with 3/27 to put Sri Lanka in command.

Madushanka returned to dismiss Bas de Leede (6) when Kusal Perera took a sharp catch in the deep, and soon had Teja Nidamanuru (9) stranded in front of his stumps.

Sri Lanka were out to kickstart their Cricket World Cup against Netherlands after opening their campaign with three consecutive losses.

Leg-spinner Dushan Hemantha and Asitha Fernando were called into the Sri Lanka XI in place of Dunith Wellalage and Lahiru Kumara, while Netherlands were unchanged from the side that stunned South Africa.

The 1996 champions surged into the tournament in India with an unbeaten run through the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Qualifier which included two convincing wins over Netherlands.

Sri Lanka's two triumphs against Netherlands at the Qualifier stretched their unblemished run in ODIs between the teams to five wins from five, although this is the first time Sri Lanka bowled first in their 50-over clashes.

But Netherlands carried all the momentum into the clash after their rousing victory over South Africa left Sri Lanka as the only winless team left at the showpiece event.

Playing XIs

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max O'Dowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards (c, wk), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Logan van Beek, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c, wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka