The 1996 World Cup champions Sri Lanka confirmed their ticket to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 through Qualifiers held in Zimbabwe. The other team to qualify for the World Cup through the Qualifiers is the Netherlands.
|Oct 07||Saturday||Sri Lanka vs SouthAfrica||14:00(Local)||Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, Dharamsala|
|Oct 12||Tuesday||Sri Lanka vs Pakistan||14:00(Local)||Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad|
|Oct 16||Monday||Sri Lanka vs Australia||14:00(Local)||Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow|
|Oct 21||Saturday||Sri Lanka vs Netherlands||10:30(Local)||Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow|
|Oct 26||Thursday||Sri Lanka vs England||14:00(Local)||M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru|
|Oct 30||Monday||Sri Lanka vs Afghanistan||14:00(Local)||Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune|
|Nov 2||Thursday||Sri Lanka vs India||14:00(Local)||Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai|
|Nov 06||Monday||Sri Lanka vs Bangladesh||14:00(Local)||Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi|
|Nov 9||Thursday||Sri Lanka vs New Zealand||14:00(Local)||M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru|
Sri Lanka World Cup Qualifiers Journey
Dasun Shanaka’s led side entered the 2023 World Cup after their brilliant performance in the World Cup Qualifiers. The Lions started their journey in WC Qualifiers by defeating the Netherlands and United States in the warm-up matches, followed by their victories over UAE, Oman, Ireland, and Scotland in the group stage. The Asian side then defeated Netherlands, Zimbabwe, and West Indies in the Super Six stage to seal their position at the top of the points table.
ICC World Cup Qualifier– Final: The table toppers sealed the Men’s CWC Qualifiers crown with a comfortable win over the Netherlands by 128 runs in the final at Harare Sports Club. After losing the toss, Sri Lanka put up a total of 233 runs and managed to restrict the Dutch team to only 105 by taking all the wickets.
The Lions will begin their World Cup campaign with a match against the Proteas at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi on October 7. Sri Lanka will then travel to Hyderabad, where they will face Pakistan on October 12 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium before they will take on five-time cricket world cup champions Australia on October 16 at BRSABV(Bharat Ratna Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee) Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.
Dasun Shanaka-led side will then face fellow qualifiers the Netherlands on October 21 at BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow before they will take on defending champions England at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. The Asian Lions will then face Afghanistan at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune on October 30, followed by a clash against the hosts India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on November 2.
They will then return to Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in Delhi for a match against Asian rivals Bangladesh on November 6, followed by their last round-robin stage match on November 9 against the Kiwis at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
Did You Know?
- The lowest total of the World Cup is 36, which Canada made against Sri Lanka in the 2003 World Cup.
- The coin had to be tossed twice at the 2011 World Cup final between India and Sri Lanka.
- Sri Lankan cricketer Nuwan Kulasekara holds the distinction of bowling the last ball of the 2011 World Cup and also the first ball of the following 2015 World Cup.