Zimbabwe will play Sri Lanka in a 3-match One Day International series beginning on January 16th. The SL vs ZIM encounter is scheduled to take place at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele this Sunday. There are a few key players who will miss this series due to personal reasons, including Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, and Dhananjaya de Silva. Currently, they are ranked 9th in the ICC ODI rankings, and a series win here will help them gain rating points. Dasun Shanaka will be eading the Sri Lankan side.
Zimbabwe, on the other hand, played their last series against Ireland in September 2021 which ended in a 1-1 draw. The last time Zimbabwe toured Sri Lanka, they defeated them by a score of 3-2, and they’d like to repeat that feat again this time around. Captaincy’s responsibility of the Zimbabwean team would be on the shoulders of Craig Ervine.
Time: 02:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Where to watch: Live on Sony Sports Network
The wicket here at Pallekele is a decent batting track. However, there will be more support for the spinners as well. The wicket tends to slow as the game moves forward and anything over 250 will be a challenging total here.
Conditions will be pleasant throughout the SL vs ZIM competition. The temperature will be hovering around 24-26 degrees Celsius. There won’t be any interruptions in the match due to rain, although the weather would remain cloudy.
Top Picks for SL vs ZIM Dream 11
Charith Asalanka made an impressive start to his career last year. He is termed as the next big thing in Sri Lankan cricket. In his 8 ODI matches, he has scored 326 runs at an average of 40.75, which includes 3 half-centuries.
Craig Ervine is an experienced candidate from the African nation. This will be his 100th ODI and he would want to make this match a memorable one. He has notched 2737 runs in his ODI career at an average of 32.58.
Sean Williams has got great potential to win matches for his team with both bat and ball. He is just 5 runs short of 4000 ODI runs. Along with this, he has also managed to pick 75 wickets with the ball as well.
Dushmantha Chameera will lead the Sri Lankan bowling unit in this series. He has taken 39 wickets in 37 ODIs with the best figures of 5 for 16. In addition to this, he has also scored 203 runs with the bat.
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 1 For SL vs ZIM
Batters – Craig Ervine, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka (c), Pathum Nissanka,
Bowlers – Dushmantha Chameera, Blessing Muzarabani, Maheesh Theekshana
All-rounders – Sean Williams (vc), Ryan Burl, Chamika Karunaratne,
Wicket-Keeper – Regis Chakabva
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 2 For SL vs ZIM
Batters – Craig Ervine (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Charith Asalanka
Bowlers – Tendai Chatara, Nuwan Pradeep, Maheesh Theekshana
All-rounders – Dasun Shanaka, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Sean Williams
Wicket-keeper – Dinesh Chandimal
Probable XI for SL vs ZIM
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (c), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Maheesh Theekshana, Praveen Jayawickrama
Zimbabwe: Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Ryan Burl, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Luke Jongwe, Milton Shumba, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara
Who will Win- Match Prediction
Looking at the current form and team combination, Sri Lanka is expected to win this game. However, Zimbabwe would like to repeat their performances from the last tour and give a tough contest to the host.
Disclaimer: The team is built upon the author’s understanding, analysis, and instincts. You can choose your team by considering the points above and making your own decision accordingly.