About the Match
Zimbabwe lost to hosts Bangladesh in the first match of the tri series by 8 wickets; they will go up against Sri Lanka in the 2nd match of the series at Dhaka on 17th January. When the two teams had met earlier in 2017, Zimbabwe had won the 5-match ODI series 3-2 and will be motivated to repeat the winning performance here when they take on the islanders. Sri Lanka’s ODI record in the recent past has been poor, as they lost the series against India too in December; they will be eager to bounce back with a better show here in Bangladesh.
Angelo Matthews will lead the side that consists of batsmen like Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Asela Gunaratne, Danushka Gunathilaka, Upul Tharanga and all-rounders Thisara Perera, Shehan Madushanka and Akila Dananjaya. Against Zimbabwe, players like Gunathilaka, Gunaratne and Matthews himself had done well with the bat and they could try to do well whether batting first or during chase in the upcoming match.
The bowling unit consists of speedsters Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal and Thisara Perera and Asela Gunaratne, who can provide quick breakthroughs in the familiar sub-continent conditions. Spinners like Lakshan Sandakan, Danushka Gunathilaka and Akila Dananjaya, who had been terrific against Zimbabwe last year, bring depth to the attack and could pull out some tricks here.
Overall, Sri Lanka has good resources with a balanced mix of experience and young talent, who can help them avenge their previous defeat against Zimbabwe with a win here.
Batting first against Bangladesh, the top-order put up a dismal show with players like Craig Ervine, SF Mire and Hamilton Masakadza unable to form strong partnerships. While Ervine and Mire were duck-out, Hamilton could contribute only 15 runs before getting ousted by a quickie from Mortaza. Sikandar Raza top-scored with 52 off 99 while Peter Moor and Brendan Taylor pitched in with 33 and 24 runs respectively to take the total to 170 all-out.
Raza was the lone wicket-taker later, and despite a good show by pacer Kyle Jarvis and spinner Graeme Cremer, they couldn’t stop the hosts from winning the match by 8 wickets before the 30th over. They have a well-balanced bowling unit with spinners like Sikandar Raza and Cremer while speedsters Tendai Chatara, Muzarabani and Jarvis can help provide regular breakthroughs in the upcoming match.
When they met Sri Lanka in their 201 tour Zimbabwe had registered a thumping ODI series win 3-2 after chasing down 204 runs successfully in the 5th match.
Masakadza had top-scored with 73 while SF Mire and Raza had contributed well to steer the team across the finish line in the 39th over. Raza, Chatara and Cremer had provided regular breakthroughs while others like Waller had put up economical spells. They will draw inspiration from that series win and could pose a stiff challenge to Sri Lanka here.
Sri Lanka players are familiar with the conditions here and could hold an upper hand; Zimbabwe has lost the first match against the hosts but could put up a tough fight here. The contest could be well-fought by both teams, but we feel that the Lankans have more experience to win this matc