the inaugural ODI of the series, Sri Lanka will face Zimbabwe on January 6 at 2:30 pm local time at R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium in Colombo. Cricket enthusiasts can anticipate an exciting clash between the two teams in this much-anticipated encounter.
Zimbabwe faces a renewed focus on showcasing their cricket prowess after setbacks against Ireland in both ODI and T-20 matches. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, seeks redemption following a disappointing performance in the 2023 ODI World Cup. Their last encounter in January 2022 saw Zimbabwe succumb to a 2-1 defeat in Sri Lanka. With wicketkeeper Kusal Mendis at the helm for Sri Lanka and Craig Erwin leading Zimbabwe, both teams are set for a determined pursuit of success in their upcoming matches.
Match: Srilanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI Match
Venue: R. Premadasa International Stadium, Colombo
Date & Time: January 6, Saturday 2.30pm
Premadasa Stadium stands as one of Sri Lanka’s largest cricket grounds, featuring a generally slow pitch. Despite limited assistance for fast bowlers after the initial overs, the current rainy season in Colombo might bring an exception, offering movement and challenging conditions for batsmen early on in the match.
Toss and Match Prediction
TOSS WINNER TEAM OF TODAY ‘S MATCH WILL BE ZIMBABWE
AND MATCH WINNER TEAM SRILANKA …. CRICCHAMP Opinion
Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis (captain), Pathum Nissanka, Sadira Samarawickrama, Dunith Velaleg, Dushmantha Chameera, Wanindu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Dilshan Madushanka, Dasun Shanaka, Mahesh Theekshana.
Ryan Burl, Craig Ervin (captain), Clive Madande, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe, Luke Jongwi, Sikandar Raza, Richard Ngarwa, Milton Shumba, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza, Tony Monunga.