Zimbabwe made a decent 296 batting first, and Sri Lanka chased down the total with eight balls to spare, thanks to the contributions from their batters.
With the Sri Lankan Cricket Board announcing an adjusted squad with a mix of newbies and players who showed consistency in the recently concluded Lankan Premier League, the second game of the three-match ODI series will take place this Tuesday. The game will be played at the same venue – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.
The 2nd ODI match will commence at 2.30 PM local time on 18th January, and Indian fans can watch the game in the same time zone.
- 1 Our Top Pick:
- 2 Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – Match Preview
- 3 SL vs ZIM – Team Previews
- 4 SL vs ZIM Head to Head
- 5 SL vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction
- 6 SL vs ZIM ODI Match Prediction
- 7 Approaching Records
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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe – Match Preview
After winning a home ODI series against South Africa, Sri Lanka must be pumped up to continue their winning run. The Lankan fans saw the return of a few familiar faces in Kusal Mendis, Jeffrey Vandersay, and Dinesh Chandimal in the first game. Chandimal even scored a match-winning 75, partnering with Charith Asalanka for 129 for the 4th wicket. The team management would want to see the form of their batters continue in this game too.
On the other hand, Zimbabwe will be without the service of Brendan Taylor, who retired from international cricket in August. As announced by their selectors last month, the 14-th ranked ODI team will play under Craig Ervine. The coach Lalchand Rajput who tested positive for Covid-19 did not travel with the squad. With the other squad members tested negative, the 2nd game of the series is set to begin as per the schedule.
SL vs ZIM – Team Previews
The Sri Lankan team announced 8 changes in their squad for various reasons – Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga missed out due to injuries, Avishka Fernando tested positive for Covid-19, and Dhananjaya is with his family following the birth of his first child. However, the new-looking team has added the uncapped trio of Nuwan Thushara, Shiran Fernando, and Chamika Gunasekara to their lineup. Gunasekara debuted in the first game, and one can expect the other debutants to get a game in one of the two remaining games.
Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Kamindu Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep
The African side’s squad looks young and fresh, with multiple new names and the experienced Sean Williams and Sikandar Raza. Regis Chakabva’s experience at the top-order will certainly help as he is the one player that we can watch out for in this series.
Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Regis Chakabva (wk), Craig Ervine (c), Wesley Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara
Find below, the odds for the online cricket bettors concerning the second ODI match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe:
Note: Odds correct at the time of publishing. Please check the official bookmaker site before placing a bet.
SL vs ZIM Head to Head
- Matches Played: 58
- Sri Lanka Won: 45
- Zimbabwe Won: 11
- Tie/NR: 2
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction
Find out the Dream11 fantasy team line-up for the 2nd ODI match between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe
- C Ervine
- D Chandimal
- C Asalanka (Vice-Captain)
- P Nissanka
- R Chakabva
- K Mendis
- S Williams (Captain)
- C Karunaratne
- N Pradeep
- R Ngarava
- J Vandersay
SL vs ZIM ODI Match Prediction
The Dhasun Shanaka-led team, though missing a few major names from their squad due to multiple reasons, are powerful enough to showcase a strong home team performance once again in the 2nd game.
Still, it is not easy to wipe Zimbabwe’s chances to win this game entirely. Sri Lanka starts as a clear favorite, but the news of an upset is always around when you have a team like Zimbabwe involved,
Tendai Chatara of Zimbabwe needs 4 more wickets to reach 100 wickets in the format. While doing so, he will become the 7th player from the country to achieve the milestone.