The third game of the three-match ODI series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will be played on January 21. It will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.The Lankans, led by Dasun Shanaka, started their campaign in the ODI series on a resounding note. They won by five wickets after chasing down 297 with nine balls to spare. Sean Williams’ 87-ball 100 guided the visitors to a formidable score of 296.
Thereafter, Pathum Nissanka, Dinesh Chandimal, and Charith Asalanka scored 75, 75 and 71 respectively to take Sri Lanka over the finish line. But Zimbabwe made an incredible comeback in the second ODI, winning by 22 runs on Tuesday, January 18.Skipper Craig Ervine came to the party for the hosts as he racked up 91 runs off 98 balls with the help of 10 fours. Sikandar Raza lent him support, scoring 56 runs with four fours and one six. Regis Chakabva and Sean Williams also chipped in with scores in the 40s.
Jeffrey Vandersay was the pick of the Lankan bowlers with three wickets for 51 runs. Nuwan Pradeep picked up two crucial wickets, but went for 74 runs in his quota of 10 overs. Maheesh Theekshana and Chamika Karunaratne also bowled reasonably well.The Lankans found themselves in all sorts of strife after being reduced to 63 for four in 14.3 overs. Nissanka and Asalanka got started, but failed to convert. From there on, Kamindu Mendis and skipper Shanaka steadied the ship for the home team.
The duo put on 118 runs for the fifth wicket to bring the Lankans back in the hunt. Mendis put his head down and scored a patient 82-ball 57 with the help of four fours. Left-arm fast bowler Richard Ngarava cut short his stay in the middle in the 35th over.The onus was then on Shanaka to take the Lankans closer to victory. The right-handed batter scored a 94-ball 102 with seven fours and two sixes, but failed to take his team to victory. Karunaratne also made a handy 34, but his efforts went in vain.
SRI LANKA VS ZIMBABWE MATCH DETAILS:
Match: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 3rd ODI.
Date and Time: January 21st 2022, Friday, 02:30 PM IST.
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.
SRI LANKA VS ZIMBABWE PITCH REPORT
The pitch at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is a balanced track. The batters can play their strokes freely as the ball comes nicely onto the bat. However, the spinners will play a major role as the game progresses as the ball tends to hold a bit on the surface.
SRI LANKA VS ZIMBABWE WEATHER FORECAST
The temperature in Pallekele is expected to range between 15 and 31 degrees Celsius. It will stay humid throughout the day.
SRI LANKA VS ZIMBABWE PROBABLE XIS
Jeffrey Vandersay picked up three wickets and Nuwan Pradeep chipped in with two scalps in the second ODI. But the Lankans failed to keep a check on the scoring rate as Zimbabwe posted 302 on the board. Dasun Shanaka scored a brilliant ton (102 off 94 balls) but it went in vain as they fell short by 22 runs.
Skipper Craig Ervine led the charge with the bat, scoring 91 and handy contributions from the other batters helped them score 302 in 50 overs. Tendai Chatara and Blessing Muzarabani picked up three wickets apiece as they defended the total successfully.
SRI LANKA VS ZIMBABWE MATCH PREDICTION
The ODI series is level at 1-1 and the decider will be played on Friday. Both sides have performed to their potential in the first two games and we can expect another intense battle in the final game of the series.
Zimbabwe have the winning momentum coming into the game and we expect them to seal the series by winning the third match.
Prediction: ZIMBABWE TO WIN THIS ENCOUNTER.