Former champions Sri Lanka have sealed their place in the ICC Men’s ODI Cricket World Cup 2023 with a win over Zimbabwe in the currently ongoing CWC 2023 Qualifier in Zimbabwe. This means that Sri Lanka will take the qualifier 2 spot in the upcoming World Cup 2023 to be held in India later this year.
Rohit Sharma’s team India will now take on Sri Lanka in the rematch of the 2011 World Cup final on November 2 at the same Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India won its second ODI World Cup title under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Winning the 2011 final by six wickets.
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8 October India vs Australia MA Chidambaram Stadium (Chennai) – 2 PM
October 11 India vs Afghanistan Arun Jaitley Stadium (Delhi) – 2 PM
15 October India vs Pakistan Narendra Modi Stadium (Ahmedabad) – 2 PM
October 19 India vs Bangladesh MCA Stadium (Pune) – 2 PM
22 October India vs New Zealand HPCA Stadium (Dharamshala) – 2 PM
October 29 India vs England Ekana Stadium (Lucknow) – 2 PM
november 2 India vs Sri Lanka, Wankhede Stadium (Mumbai) – 2 PM
november 5 India vs South Africa, Eden Gardens (Kolkata) – 2 PM
11 November India vs Qualifier 1, M Chinnaswamy Stadium (Bengaluru) – 2 PM
The second qualifier for the 2023 World Cup is yet to be finalised, with Zimbabwe looking favorites to clinch that spot, however Scotland and the Netherlands are still in the fray, Sri Lanka on Sunday sealed their place in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 by defeating Zimbabwe in a Super Six match.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) off-spinner Mahesh Thikshana took four for 25 as Zimbabwe were bundled out for 165 in 33 overs before Pathum Nissanka’s hundred handed Dasun Shanaka’s side a nine-wicket win.
After being put into bat by Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe faltered in Bulawayo, losing Joylord Gumby for a five-ball duck, before Wesley Madhevere was dismissed for a single, leaving Chevron eight for two . Dilshan Madushanka took his third wicket of the morning, dismissing skipper Craig Ervine, but in doing so brought the dangerous Sikandar Raza to the crease with Sean Williams.
Raza played with the composure the situation required, before Madushanka took a fine low catch to dismiss the all-rounder for 31 off 51 balls and end the 68-run partnership. Williams could not add to his back-to-back centuries, but was bowled by Thekshana for 56, who then combined with Mathisha Pathirana (2/18) to clean bowl the tail.
“It is a big achievement but still we know what we have done in World Cups in the past, especially, we won the 1996 World Cup and were the runners-up in 2011. We are playing amazing cricket in the World Cup so it is very important for Sri Lanka to get on that big stage. Yes, there is pressure here but then the pressure starts on the big stage. So I think the World Cup is the main focus and main target for us, we are looking forward to do well there as well,” said Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka about qualifying for the World Cup 2023.