The final match of the ongoing SL vs ZIM series will be played on January 21 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. Sri Lanka won the first game by five wickets after chasing down the target of 297 runs in 48.3 overs. Dinesh Chandimal made 75 runs off 91 balls and won the player of the match award. Sean Williams scored a 100 for the visiting team.
In the second ODI, Zimbabwe made 302 runs for the loss of eight wickets as Craig Ervine scored 91 runs off 98 balls. For Sri Lanka, Dasun Shanaka made 102 runs while coming to bat at the sixth position. But, his efforts went in vain as Sri Lanka lost the match by 22 runs. Sri Lanka would like to win the final match of the series and get some points in its kitty. Zimbabwe also has the chance to win back to back series in Sri Lanka. It’s going to be a really exciting contest.
Time: 2:30 PM IST and Local Time
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Where to watch: Sony Sports Network and Sony Liv App
The pitch had enough support for the batters in the first two matches. The bowlers have also received some support in patches. Sri Lankan batters struggled in the second half in the previous match because the ball didn’t come nicely onto the bat. The pitch might remain like this in the third match. The team batting first will be looking to score 270+.
Conditions will be pleasant throughout the SL vs ZIM contest. The temperature will be hovering around 28-32 degrees Celsius. There will be no interruptions in the game as the weather will remain clear. Clouds may come in the evening.
Top Picks for SL vs ZIM Dream 11
Sean Williams is the leading run-scorer in the series. He has made 148 runs in two matches at an average of 74 and a strike rate of 103.50. He made a 100 off 87 balls in the first match. He is a must-pick for your fantasy teams.
Jeffrey Vandersay is the leading wicket-taker in the series. He has taken five wickets in two matches at an average of 19. He took 3-for 51 in the previous game.
Charith Asalanka made 71 runs off 68 deliveries in the first ODI and helped the team win the match by five wickets. Asalanka has made 94 runs in two matches at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 105.62.
Richard Ngarava has picked four wickets in two matches at an average of 24.25, an economy of 5.11, and a strike rate of 28.50. In the first match, he picked up 3-for 56 in his 9 overs.
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 1 For SL vs ZIM
Batters – Dinesh Chandimal, Craig Ervine, Charith Asalanka (c), Pathum Nissanka
Bowlers – Jeffrey Vandersay, Blessing Muzarabani, Maheesh Theekshana
All-rounders – Sikandar Raza (vc), Chamika Karunaratne, Sean Williams,
Wicket-Keeper – Kusal Mendis
Dream 11 Fantasy Team 2 For SL vs ZIM
Batters – Craig Ervine, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis
Bowlers – Nuwan Pradeep, Jeffrey Vandersay, Richard Ngarava
All-rounders – Sean Williams (c), Sikandar Raza, Chamika Karunaratne (vc)
Wicket-Keeper – Regis Chakabva
Probable XI for SL vs ZIM
Sri Lanka: Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Dasun Shanaka (c), Charith Asalanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Pradeep
Zimbabwe: Regis Chakabva (wk), Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Sean Williams, Craig Ervine(c), Sikandar Raza, Wesley Madhevere, Wellington Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava
Who will Win- Match Prediction
Looking at the current form and team combination, Sri Lanka is expected to win this game and win the series. However, Zimbabwe has to work really hard if they repeat their previous game heroics.
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.