It’s not often that Sri Lanka loses at home to a team from outside the subcontinent. When Sri Lanka hosts Zimbabwe in this upcoming match, they will be under a lot of pressure. Zimbabwe will be aiming for their second consecutive series victory in Sri Lanka and will come out firing all guns blazing.
So far, two high-scoring matches have been played in the series, which is currently tied at 1-1.
Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka will be hoping that his team can learn from their mistakes and put on a strong performance in the series finale. The hosts may make changes to their starting lineup for this crucial match.
Zimbabwe skipper Craig Ervine, on the other hand, will be pleased with his team’s performance in the previous game. The visitors will be eager to keep their winning streak going and win the series against the Islanders.
The game between the two teams will take place on January 21st, 2022 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
Match Details to Note
Match: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI Match, Zimbabwe Tour of Sri Lanka, 2022
Date: January 21, 2022 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 PM IST
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Team Previews
Team Sri Lanka would have been devastated if they had been defeated in the second ODI for two reasons. For one thing, they’re playing at home and can’t really take advantage of the conditions. Second, their bowlers appeared out of sorts for the second time in a row in the first 35 overs. They have consistently punched well above their weight in the limited-overs matches they have played, but their performance in the series thus far has been abysmal.
Sri Lanka’s bowling attack appeared to be out of options in both of the previous two matches, particularly when Zimbabwe managed to form some sort of partnership. Moreover, their top order has not been as convincing as they would like.
Sri Lanka’s strategy has certainly come under scrutiny in the two matches so far. Their top-order isn’t firing on all cylinders, and they appear to be a batsman short. They do have a deep batting lineup, and with batsmen like Kamindu Mendis and Charith Asalanka capable of rolling their arms, we might see a batsman replace a bowler in this upcoming match.
On paper, Sri Lanka have a good team, but the absence of someone like Wandindu Hasaranga clearly hurts them. They would need to resolve their issues as soon as possible. If they can resolve their bowling and top-order issues, they will be a very difficult side to face.
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: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep /Shiran Fernando
Zimbabwe’s cricket looked like it was going off the rails until they put on a gem of a performance. They were always considered the underdogs going into the series, but their performance has left everyone impressed. While many factors have contributed to their current position, the fight they have shown thus far has been remarkable.
It was a combination of outstanding performances by their batsmen and bowlers in the previous match. To keep Sri Lanka at bay, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, and Richard Ngarava bowled outstanding spells. Prior to that, Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, and Sikandar Raza all performed admirably to propel their team to a challenging total.
Despite a lot going on off the field, Zimbabwe’s recent performances have been outstanding. This victory in the previous game would undoubtedly have boosted their confidence. They would like to improve their ability to close out innings with the bat. If they can resolve this and other minor issues, they could pose a formidable challenge in the upcoming match.
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: Craig Ervine (c), Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Wesley Madhevere, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Wellington Masakadza, Sikandar Raza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Ryan Burl, Tendai Chatara
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Toss Prediction
Both teams will be eager to win the toss, bat first, and score more than 300 runs. The previous game was won by the team that batted first.
Pitch and Weather Conditions
The first game of the one-day series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka will be played at Pallekele International Stadium in Pallekele.
The pitch set up for the series finale will benefit the batting units. The weather forecast for Wednesday’s game is bright sunshine with a light breeze.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction
A loss in the previous match has jeopardised Sri Lanka’s direct qualification for the World Cup in 2023. If they fail to win this upcoming match, they will be one step closer to entering the qualification process. Zimbabwe, on the other hand, will be attempting to complete their second series in five years on Sri Lankan soil, which would be a significant accomplishment on any given day. When comparing the two sides’ recent performances and their respective sides on paper, betting on a Sri Lankan win appears to be the way to go here.
Sri Lanka is the favourite to beat Zimbabwe at the odds of 1.28.
- In the second game of the series, Zimbabwe defeated Sri Lanka with a hard-fought victory.
- Craig Ervine, Tendai Chatara, and Blessing Muzarabani all performed admirably for Zimbabwe in the previous match.
- Dasun Shanaka batted valiantly for Sri Lanka in a losing cause.