Sri Lanka makes a strong statement, qualifies for the World Cup in India

World Cup Qualifiers

The Islanders beat Zimbabwe in the super six match of the ongoing ICC ODI Cricket World Cup Qualifiers 2023 and secured their place in the World Cup. The World Cup is scheduled to take place in India later this year, in the months of October and November.

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Sri Lanka bundled out Zimbabwe today for just 165 runs and chased down the total easily without any hiccups. They scored 169 for the loss of just one wicket in 33.1 overs. Their spinners were once again right on the money and the heroes of the match.

Maheesh Theekshana took four wickets in his spell and bowled beautifully. Pathum Nissanka scored an invaluable tonne and guided the Lankans to a memorable victory against the home team. Zimbabwe have also been sensational in this tournament, and this was just a bad match for them.

Sri Lanka have now secured their place in the World Cup and are the favourites to win this qualifier event as well. Sri Lanka have reached this position in this tournament mainly because of their bowlers.

Wanindu Hasaranga has shown his exceptional talent and bowling skills and has gotten extremely useful support from other bowlers. He has taken 20 wickets and is the highest wicket-taker. The second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament is Maheesh Theekshana, with 13 wickets.

These two bowlers have proved that batters win matches; bowlers win tournaments. Pathum Nissanka has also been brilliant and has scored 290 runs so far in the tournament. Sri Lanka have played brilliantly as a team and have taken 10 wickets in all the matches they have played.

Their bowlers have not let any team score 200+ runs against them in this tournament. They bowled the UAE for 180 runs, Oman for 98 runs, Ireland for 192 runs, Scotland for 163 runs, the Netherlands for 192 runs, and Zimbabwe for 165 runs.

They have their last Super Six match against the West Indies, which would have been an even contest, but with the kind of form the Windies are in, expect Sri Lanka to dominate them as well.