Zimbabwe Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022 – Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – 2nd ODI Match Prediction
On Tuesday, Sri Lanka will play Zimbabwe in the second of three one-day internationals at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The management will be ecstatic with the performance of the players, particularly the experienced campaigners, in the series opener while chasing a lofty target of 297.
They will be hoping for a similar performance on Tuesday, which will assist the Islanders in clinching the series.
Even though the side managed to score 296 in their allotted 50 overs, the management will be slightly concerned with the batting performance of the middle and lower middle-order in the first ODI.
After a five-wicket win in the first match on Sunday, the home team has taken a 1-0 lead.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 18th, 2022 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 2nd ODI Match, Zimbabwe Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022
Date: January 18, 2022 (Tuesday)
Time: 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Team Previews
Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 1.22)
Team Sri Lanka will enter Tuesday’s match with high confidence after winning the first match; and they are unlikely to make too many changes in the starting XI.
Sri Lanka’s bowling was ineffective, and a flat surface may have hampered their effectiveness even more. Of course, the reality is that Sri Lanka’s bowling is deplorable. Their fast bowlers lack pace, and their spinners appeared to be quite easy to face due to the lack of spin on offer. This isn’t going to change in a day, so we’re expecting them to have another difficult day at work. We do not believe it is a good idea to bet on the Sri Lanka bowlers.
Batting-wise, the home team will rely heavily on Captain Dasun Shanaka, first-game player of the match Dinesh Chandimal, in-form Charith Asalanka, opening batter Pathum Nissanka, and wicketkeeper-batter Kusal Mendis to score the majority of the runs and put the opposition under pressure.
On the bowling front, pacers Nuwan Pradeep, Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, and Maheesh Theekshana will be expected to make timely breakthroughs and dismantle the visitors’ batting lineup.
The batsmen, on the other hand, we believe present a fantastic opportunity. Consider Pathum Nissianka, Kusal Mendia, Dinesh Chandimal, and Charith Asalankna in the top order.
Sri Lanka Squad
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c); Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Praveen Jayawickrama; Ramesh Mendis, Shiran Fernando, Nuwan Thushara, Minod Bhanuka, Dushmantha Chameera
Predicted XI: Kusal Mendis (wk), Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kamindu Mendis, Dasun Shanaka (c); Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep
Zimbabwe (Match Odds – 4.30)
Despite losing the first match, Zimbabwe will go into the second game with a positive attitude; and are unlikely to make many changes to their starting lineup.
The management would have thought that the team was in a good position to score more than 300 runs on Sunday; but a collapse in the final 10 overs resulted in the team being restricted to 296 for the loss of nine wickets.
As a result, the coaching staff will be hoping for a better performance from the players in the second ODI to help the team level the series.
In the batting department, the visitors will rely heavily on in-form Sean Williams, wicketkeeper-batter Regis Chakabva, captain Craig Ervine, Wessley Madhevere, middle-order batter Ryan Burl, and all-rounder Sikandar Raza to score the majority of the runs and provide something for the bowlers to bowl with.
Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza; Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, Clive Madande, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Milton Shumba, Luke Jongwe
Predicted XI: Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams; Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction
Both teams will aim to win the toss, bat first, and score more than 300 runs. The previous game was won by the team that batted second.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The second ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will be played at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
The pitch at Pallekele will be a belter with no assistance for the bowlers. Thundery showers are expected in the afternoon, making the game weather-dependent.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction
Following a closely fought first ODI, both teams will be looking forward to another feisty battle on Tuesday; where it will be difficult to predict which team will come out on top. On paper, at least, Sri Lanka appears to be a more solid team than Zimbabwe; which will once again rely on a few individuals to make it happen. As a result, Sri Lanka is expected to win and clinch the 50-over series.
Sri Lanka is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.22.
- Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe by five wickets in the first One-Day International.
- Sean Williams, Regis Chakabva, and Richard Ngarava all put in strong performances for Zimbabwe in a losing effort.
- Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, and Dinesh Chandimal all hit half-centuries as Sri Lanka defeated Zimbabwe in the series opener at Pallekele.