Former world champions Sri Lanka will face UAE in the ongoing Group B first match 12th Cricket World Cup QualifiersMonday (July 19) at the Queens Athletic Club in Bulawayo.
No need to guess, Sri Lanka will be the favorites to win the match.this Dashun Shanaka– Leaders arrive in Zimbabwe after a 2-1 home ODI series win over Afghanistan (which has already qualified for the World Cup).
Emirates, on the other hand, arrived after suffering an ODI series whitewash (0-3) against West Indies a few weeks ago. They finished 6th in the Cricket World Cup League 2 (2019-2023) and finished 2nd behind Team USA in this year’s qualifier playoffs to qualify for the ongoing qualifiers.
Many will be counting on experienced names like their captain Muhammad Waseem, Rohan Mustafa, Vriitya Aravind, Sanchit Sharma to take on a challenging Sri Lanka team.
Queens Sports Club pitch report for SL vs UAE
Queens Athletic Club fields in Bulawayo are usually very flat, which helps batsmen hit the ball out of bounds. The last ODI completed at this venue took place in July 2018, with Pakistan going on to bowl 364 runs on the board after batting first.
During the test match, the spinner didn’t come into play until late in the game. Therefore, given that the game will be played on a brand new pitch, it is unlikely that the nature of the pitch will change significantly as the game draws closer.
Bulaway averaged 249 runs in about 81 complete ODIs as the slower bowlers controlled the flow of runs, especially during half-time innings. However, given the freshness of the pitch, they could be ineffective tomorrow.
Although the team that bats first wins the majority of games in the chase (45 of 81 games), the team that wins the Toss is expected to rack up huge totals after opting to bat first.