Fantasy XI - Zimbabwe (ZIM) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

WK: Sadeera Samarawickrama

BAT: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne

AR: Sean Williams, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dhananjaya de Silva, Sikandar Raza

BOWL: Richard Ngarava, Maheesh Theekshana, Matheesha Pathirana, Dilshan Madushanka

C/VC: Sikandar Raza, Wanindu Hasaranga

Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo – Venue Notes

Average First Innings Score in ODIs at Bulawayo since 2018: 244

Batting First vs Batting Second in ODIs at Bulawayo since 2018: Win Bat 1st - 59%, Win Bat 2nd - 41%

ZIM-SL Players in the top 10 leading run-scorers list in ODIs at the venue since 2016: Sikandar Raza(4), Craig Ervine(5), Dimuth Karunaratne(7), Kusal Mendis(8), Dhananjaya de Silva(9)

ZIM-SL Players in the top 10 leading wicket-takers list in ODIs at the venue since 2016: Wanindu Hasaranga(1), Blessing Muzarabani(3), Maheesh Theekshana(9)

Pitch Report: There was moisture on the wicket in the games at this ground. The pitch had runs on offer but spinners will play an important role as the match progresses.

Predicted Playing XI - Zimbabwe (ZIM) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Zimbabwe: Joylord Gumbie(wk), Craig Ervine©, Sean Williams, Wessly Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani

Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karnaratne, Kusal Mendis(wk), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madushanka

Fantasy Notes - Zimbabwe (ZIM) vs Sri Lanka (SL)

Points to consider

  • Base Team picks: Wanindu Hasaranga, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Dhananjaya de Silva, Richard Ngarava, Maheesh Theekshana
  • Zimbabwe visited Sri Lanka for a 3-match ODI series which ended with a 2-1 win for the hosts but the visitors were no pushovers, they put up a good fight in the first two ODIs. Sean Williams was the top run scorer in that series and Jeffrey Vandersay (leg spinner) was the highest wicket-taker.
  • Charith Asalanka has been in good form in the Qualifiers batting the failure in the last match against the Netherlands. He was also the 2nd highest run scorer in the last series between the two sides. Back him as a differential pick as he is selected in only 23% of the teams, given that Zimbabwe are a quality team and can trouble the top order of Sri Lanka.
  • Ryan Burl usually turns up for Zimbabwe in the big occasions and he can play an important role in the lower middle order in the case of a collapse against the world-class spin duo of Hasaranga and Theekshana. Burl is selected in only 27% of the teams and his leg spin can also be used if there is a lot of assistance of spinners on the used pitch.
  • Lahiru Kumara was injured in the last match and Shanaka had to bowl a couple of overs to compensate for the remaining overs. If Kumara continues to remain out, we are likely to see the team either bring back Kasun Rajitha or unleash Matheesha Pathirana against the home side. We will consider backing whoever plays especially if Sri Lanka are bowling first.


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