Zimbabwe had a dismal performance with bat against Sri Lanka in the first ODI    AFP
Zimbabwe had a dismal performance with bat against Sri Lanka in the first ODI AFP

Sri Lanka will be facing hosts Zimbabwe yet once again in the Tri-Nation series on Monday at the Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo. The first time these two teams met was in the series opener wherein the Upul Tharanga lead side won quite one-handedly against the minnow hosts. Sri Lanka won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first and eventually restricted them to a small total of 152. Sri Lanka chased down the total in a quick manner and earned themselves a bonus point to start their series on a positive note. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe Tri-nation series, 4th ODI at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

Zimbabwe, on the other hand, pulled off a magical draw in their second One-Day International (ODI) of the series against West Indies. In what was also the 200th ODI for Zimbabwe their pacer Donald Tiripano (2 for 26) gave away only three when West Indies required four to clinch their second victory of the campaign. West Indies are currently on top of the table even though they lost against Zimbabwe after an impressive win over Sri Lanka in what was their first match of the series. West Indies currently have 7 points accumulated under their name, while Sri Lanka have 5 points. Zimbabwe is at the bottom of the table with just 2 points that they earned after the hard fought draw against West Indies.

This clash between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe holds a lot of impetus with respect to the series as a victory here for Tharanga lead side will see them climbing the top of the ladder and on the similar lines a victory here for Zimbabwe will see them climbing to the second spot in the rankings. But for the hosts to pull off same magic as they did against West Indies, they will have to be on their mark since the starting of the game, as miracles don t happen every day.

It is very obvious that the hosts will be beaming with confidence but what will be very much important for them is that they imply their confidence in the right manner and make sure that they don t lose the positive momentum that they have on their side. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, will be hoping to get back to winning ways after the defeat of 62 runs against West Indies which came completely against the run of play. On paper, Sri Lanka definitely looks the stronger side due to the players that have in their side, but with the game and the determination that the hosts had on display against the Caribbean side, they certainly have shown that they have what it takes to make such upsets in the international cricket.

The momentum may be on the hosts side, but still, Sri Lanka will be the favourites to win this encounter. But you never know who and when can pull off magic and hand over the oppositions a big upset!

Sri Lanka: Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal Mendis, Upul Tharanga (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Asela Gunaratne, Sachith Pathirana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Nuwan Pradeep, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Jeffrey Vandersay

Zimbabwe: Brian Chari, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Peter Moor (wk), Elton Chigumbura, Graeme Cremer (c), Donald Tiripano, Chris Mpofu, Tendai Chisoro, Carl Mumba, Tinashe Panyangara, Malcolm Waller, Hamilton Masakadza, Tarisai Musakanda