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Decisive Victory for Sri Lanka Vs UAE in World Cup 2023 Qualifier

author - Shubhamoy Majumder

Missed the Sri Lanka Vs UAE ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifier? Discover how Sri Lanka clinched victory by a whopping 175 runs. What led to their dominance?

Sri Lanka Vs UAE ICC World Cup Qualifier 2023
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Introduction

The 2023 ICC World Cup Qualifier between Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates (UAE) once again attracted fans' attention as it showcased the exciting game of cricket. Sri Lanka triumphed resoundingly by 175 runs in the game, which was played at the Queens Sport Club in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. In this qualifying match, the ODI World Cup champions from 1996 are undoubtedly leaving their mark.

Sri Lanka Vs UAE: The Setup

Under the new leadership of all-rounder Dasun Shanaka, who replaced Dimuth Karunaratne as captain for the 2019 World Cup, Sri Lanka displayed formidable muscle on the pitch. Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis, both of whom scored hundreds in the warm-up games preceding the qualifiers, delivered impressive performances.

The inclusion of 'Baby Malinga' Matheesha Pathirana, who was riding high on confidence after winning the IPL 2023 with MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings, further bolstered the team's morale.

The Match Begins

Dimuth Karunaratne and Pathum Nissanka were at the wicket as Sri Lanka began their innings. The innings was off to a solid start from both of the openers, which paved the way for Sri Lanka's eventual high total. Before Karunaratne was LBWed by Aayan Khan, their contributions were crucial in raising Sri Lanka's total to 99.

Keeping the Momentum

After Karunaratne's dismissal, Kusal Mendis demonstrated an exceptional performance. He quickly reached fifty, scoring 78 runs off 61 deliveries, including 10 fours. His ferocious hitting kept the scoreboard moving and placed Sri Lanka in a commanding position.

Pathum Nissanka, who along with Karunaratne opened the innings, scored a crucial 57 runs before being dismissed by Basil Hameed.

Sri Lanka's Dominance

Despite a slight setback in which they lost three wickets fast, Sri Lanka maintained their dominance throughout their innings. Momentum was briefly halted when Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, and Dhananjaya de Silva were fired in rapid succession.

When Sri Lanka's middle order held up, they were able to complete their innings with a huge total of 355 runs for the loss of only 6 wickets.

UAE's Chase

UAE's pursuit was initiated by Muhammad Waseem and Rohan Mustafa. Despite a strong beginning, they quickly lost Mustafa to a catch and bowl by Lahiru Kumara. UAE had difficulty maintaining the requisite run rate, losing wickets at regular intervals.

Wanindu Hasaranga was Sri Lanka's outstanding bowler, claiming three crucial wickets and placing Sri Lanka in the driver's seat.

Haseranga dispatched UAE's Muhammad Waseem after he scored 39 runs off 48 deliveries before displaying some resistance. However, it was not sufficient to sustain the run pursuit.

Sri Lanka's Resounding Win

The bowlers from Sri Lanka performed superbly, expertly destroying the UAE batting order. Sri Lanka easily defeated the UAE side by 175 runs after they were all out for 180 runs in 39 overs. Sri Lanka's dominant performance highlights their drive and skill as they advance in the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2023 Qualifiers.

Conclusion

The ICC World Cup 2023 Qualifier match between Sri Lanka and the UAE displayed the aptitude and skill of the Sri Lankan cricket team. Despite having to qualify for the World Cup, they demonstrated that they are formidable and that their opponents should not underestimate them. The team's victory was a consequence of both the batsmen and the bowlers performing their respective roles superbly.

This match also demonstrated the potential of the UAE squad. Despite the loss, they demonstrated glimpses of their potential and will undoubtedly grow from this experience. It will be intriguing to see how these two teams perform in the remaining matches of the ICC World Cup 2023.

Cheers to the spirit of cricket and to more thrilling matches at the 2023 ICC World Cup!

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