Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek’s Partnership Takes Netherlands to 262 Against Sri Lanka

After losing six wickets for just 91 runs, the partnership between Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek proved crucial as they added 130 runs, guiding the Netherlands to a competitive total of 262 runs.

After losing six wickets for just 91 runs, the partnership between Sybrand Engelbrecht and Logan van Beek proved crucial as they added 130 runs, guiding the Netherlands to a competitive total of 262 runs.

The Netherlands, who secured their first World Cup victory against a Test-playing nation by stunning South Africa in Dharamshala, are aiming for consecutive wins. They are eager for a better performance from their top order, particularly Vikramjit Singh, Max O’Dowd, and Colin Ackermann, who have faced early challenges, placing extra responsibility on the middle order.

The team’s morale has received a significant boost from their win against South Africa, instilling confidence as they prepare to face Sri Lanka. Key all-rounder Bas de Leede has been effective with the ball and will be expected to contribute with the bat as well.

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Their performance against the Proteas demonstrated their determination to reach the semifinals, marking their first World Cup appearance in 12 years.

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In contrast, Sri Lanka faces bowling concerns, as their bowlers have struggled collectively. While their batting has posted 300-plus totals in the first two matches, the bowling department has been a weak point, exacerbated by injuries to key players.

Sri Lanka will look to pacer Dilshan Madushanka, their leading wicket-taker with seven scalps, to make an impact. Madushanka previously generated significant swing against Australia at the same venue and will aim to do the same against the Netherlands’ struggling top order.

The Lucknow pitch has favored the team batting first so far, with the ball showing movement under the lights. Therefore, if they are chasing, the Netherlands must exercise caution against Madushanka’s pace, particularly Vikramjit Singh, who has had difficulty against left-arm pacers in the past year.

Additionally, the Dutch will rely on Roelof van der Merwe, whose orthodox spin can be valuable on this pitch.

Head-to-Head Record:

  • September 6, 2002: Sri Lanka won by 206 runs in Colombo
  • July 4, 2006: Sri Lanka won by 195 runs in Amstelveen
  • July 6, 2006: Sri Lanka won by 55 runs in Amstelveen
  • June 30, 2023: Sri Lanka won by 21 runs in Bulawayo
  • July 9, 2023: Sri Lanka won by 128 runs in Harare

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