- SL vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction: The series decider of what has turned out to be a mouth-watering contest in Sri Lanka will be played on 21st January. Sri Lanka will take on Zimbabwe (SL vs ZIM) after getting thrashed by the visitors by 22 runs. Craig Ervine led side is expected to put their best foot forward as a series win can be historical for them.
After winning chasing a total of 300 in the first game, Sri Lanka were all set for an easy series win. However, Zimbabwe outclassed them in the second fixture to level the series. The hosts would not want another upset as this is a series decider, the focus will be on their bowling which has been on the expensive side in this series. A controlled bowling performance can bring back the glory for the hosts at Pallekele.
Probable playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Kamindu Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (C), Chamika Karunaratne, Jeffrey Vandersay, Maheesh Theekshanna, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep
The African nation after missing out on qualifying for the T20 World Cup looked far away from their previous success. However, a welcome victory in the 2nd ODI has given them a light of hope of coming back as a strong team. They would be hoping to create history by defeating Sri Lanka at their home. The only challenge for them will be to ensure their bowling puts a strong performance to ensure Sri Lanka doesn’t score anything near 300.
Probable Playing XI: Regis Chakabava, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Craig Ervine (C), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava
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Match: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
Date: 21st January 2022, 02:30 PM IST
Telecast: Sony Sports Network & Fancode
The team winning the toss will opt to bat first as the same ground has been used for the previous two games as well. The spinners are expected to get assistance from the slow pitch as well. However, the pacers should also find some help under the lights.
SL vs ZIM Injury Updates
No injury updates from any of the two sides.
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Key players
Dasun Shanaka: Dasun Shanaka scored a tremendous hundred in the second game and would be carrying the form in this game as well. The Sri Lankan skipper can play spin extremely well and that is the key in these conditions. He has scored 827 runs so far in ODI cricket at a strike rate of 96.27.
Dinesh Chandimal: Sri Lanka’s most experienced player, Dinesh Chandimal will grab all the eyeballs in this crucial game. He has played 152 games and with 3784 runs under his belt, the island nation would expect him to play an important knock in the series decider.
Maheesh Theekshana: Maheesh Theekshana the going off-spinner has been quite impressive in his short career. He has not found much luck in terms of wickets but he has been quite economical. He has bowled with an economy of 4.2 RPO so far.
Sean Williams: Zimbabwe’s one of the most experienced players, Sean William will again carry their batting on his shoulders. He will earn Fantasy points if his experience can help him in getting a big score. He has scored 4143 runs so far in his ODI career.
Craig Ervine: Another strong and experienced player for Zimbabwe, Ervine is also the skipper for his side. He is in outstanding touch as he scored a fabulous 91 in the last encounter. With 2,837 runs in his ODI career, Zimbabwe would expect him to play another important knock for them.
Blessing Muzarabani: With 38 wickets in 29 games at an average of 31, Muzarabai has been a promising youngster. His role will be to ensure Sri Lanka don’t score a big total. As he bowls in the death overs, he is expected to get wickets.
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Grand League Captain & Vice-Captain
- Dasun Shanaka
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Small League Captain & Vice-Captain
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Maheesh Theekshana
- Craig Ervine
- Kusal Mendis
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Match Prediction
Though Zimbabwe was able to pull off an upset in the second match, Sri Lanka is expected to get things back on track. As it is expected to be a high scoring game again, the team batting second should be benefited. Dew is also expected to play a role here.
SL vs ZIM Grand League Tips
Batters of team batting second are expected to find better conditions with dew set to play a role.
Spinners are expected to play a role in the first innings with the slow pitch and sun being out during the day.
Experienced batters of both teams can be picked considering this match to be a pressure game.
Sri Lankan death bowlers could be used as captain and vice-captain if Sri Lanka bowls first.
Both spinners from Sri Lanka could be tried as captain and vice-captain in rotation.
Raza and Williams with their spin bowling skils, could also be used as captain and vice-captain in dream11 grand leagues.
SL vs ZIM Dream11 Team
Wicket Keeper- Regis Chakabava, Kusal Mendis
Batters- Craig Ervine, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal
All-rounders- Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Dasun Shanaka
Bowlers- Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Richard NgaravaTips4FantasySports-Telegram
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