Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka Match Prediction: Zimbabwe will face their toughest competitor in the next match against Sri Lanka, who are the only team that is undefeated till now, and there is a high chance that these two teams will qualify for the World Cup main event.
Zimbabwe will play Sri Lanka at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, on July 2nd, and it is going to be their 2nd Super Six match in the Qualifiers after winning the first match against Oman by just 14 runs. It was a high-intensity match that ended in Zimbabwe’s favor, but Oman really fought quite well against them in a high-scoring match on the pitch, which was quite slow.
Kashyap Prajapati scored a century from the Oman side to keep them in the game but, in the end, failed to do. However, once again, it was Sean Williams’s day as he scored 142 runs and got his 3rd century in 5 matches, which is just outstanding run-scoring consistency.
Tendai Chatara, Richard Ngarava, and Blessing Muzarabani together took 7 wickets which helped their team to seal the victory. Craig Ervine was happy with their performance, but he also thought it was a tough match. He also said that the bowlers did not perform as well as they used to, but in the end, they won the game for us.
Sri Lanka is another team who probably qualifies for the main event of the ICC World Cup, which will start in October, as they are the strongest-performing team in the tournament.
Dasun Shanaka needs to think about the proper 5th bowler for the team as they are struggling with their pace bowling unit throughout the tournament. The next match against the Zimbabwe side is going to test them hard because they will be up against some of the best batters of the tournament.
Wanindu Hasaranga is covering every bowling issue with his wicket-taking skills as, till now, he has taken 18 wickets in just 4 matches, which clearly shows how good he is with his skill and ability to make batters dance on his bowl.
Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka: Head-to-Head ODI Record
Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka played 60 ODI matches against each other in the past. Sri Lanka won 46 matches, and Zimbabwe won just 12, which clearly shows the domination of Sri Lanka over Zimbabwe in the past, but recently the Sri Lankan side’s performance is dropped, making this contest a high-intensity encounter.
Sri Lanka won 3 out of the last 5 matches against Zimbabwe in ODI matches. The last match they played was on January 2022. Sri Lanka won that match by 184 runs which is a huge margin, and Charith Asalanka was given the player of the match.
It is going to be neck to neck match because Zimbabwe improved their performance in the world cup, and they know the home soil and environment more than their opponents, which is why it is going to be a tough match.
Pitch Report of Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe for ICC World Cup Qualifiers Super Six Match between Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka on July 2, 2023
|Match Played||88 matches|
|Batting first won||36 matches won|
|Batting second won||47 matches won|
|Average 1st innings scores||235 runs|
|Highest Team innings total||399/1 by Pakistan|
|Lowest Team innings total||48/10 by Zimbabwe|
The pitch of Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo, is suited for pace bowlers, but recently there have been cracks opening, which allowed spin bowlers to use it to get some assistance for their bowling style, and it might help them to pick some wickets. The pitch has gotten quite slow lately, as the average 1st innings score is 235 runs.
In the match between Zimbabwe and Oman, both teams scored 300+ runs. This is quite the opposite of the pitch report in the match, as Craig thought it would be a slow surface.
Team Preview of Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is almost there to qualify for the main ICC World Cup group as they are already at the top of the table, and if they can beat Sri Lanka, they will surely qualify for the world cup. The team is playing quite well, especially their batters and all-rounders.
Sean Williams is one of the main players for them, and he lived up to his stature in world cricket as he has already scored 3 centuries in just 5 matches, making him the most run scorer in the qualifier.
This will be the final test for the Zimbabwe side to secure their place in the ICC World Cup main event starting in October in India. They somehow pull themselves back to the status they were in 10 years ago when they used to be in every major ICC event.
Important Players of Zimbabwe in the match against Sri Lanka
1- Sean Williams once again scored a century to make it 3 centuries in 5 matches. He scored 142 runs in just 103 balls giving another outside performance for the team to take the total 332 in 50 overs, and because of him, they were able to defend the huge score else; if there were 20-30 run shots, then they might have lost the game. He scored 532 runs in 5 matches with an average of 133 and a strike rate of 148.60. The basics of cricket are quite commendable as he is someone who doesn’t throw his wicket easily, which makes him play big innings.
2- Sikandar Raza is another player who is one of the best all-rounders who takes wickets quite regularly and also scores runs for his team. His striking ability does make him an amazing player, and he can also play the anchor role for the team. In the 5 matches, he scored 260 runs and took 9 wickets, one of the main reasons Zimbabwe did quite well in the tournament.
3- Richard Ngarava has been the best wicket-taker bowler for the Zimbabwe team as in 5 matches he took 12 wickets, making him the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the tournament. The amazing thing about his bowling style is that even though swing bowlers are not getting enough purchase from the pitch, he is able to surprise the batters with the extra bounce.
Team Preview of Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka won 4 out of 4 matches till now and will be going to face their toughest competitor in their 2nd match of the Super Six of ICC World Cup Qualifiers, which is against the team in form Zimbabwe, who are going quite well with the batting scoring almost 300+ in every match and in last against the USA they scored 400+ runs which is just outside stuff by them.
Important players for the Sri Lanka Team in the match against Zimbabwe
– Wanindu Hasaranga is the top wicket-taker in the tournament, and in the last match, he took two wickets once again. He took 18 wickets in 4 matches, which is quite amazing for any bowler. He is one of the most amazing bowlers for the Sri Lanka team and also one of the best spin bowlers right now.
2- Maheesh Theekshana will be important against the Netherlands because they are not really good with spin bowling, and Theekshana is having a good time bowling in the tournament as he picked up 6 wickets in 4 matches.
3- Kusal Mendis needs to give his all because he has been failing in the tournament quite regularly, but he has the potential to be the one who can turn around a big fortune for himself. He has been one of the best batters in Sri Lanka over the past 4-5 years, scoring big runs and doing the wicket-keeping job quite regularly.
Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka: Probable Playing 11 of Zimbabwe
Joylord Gumbie(w), Craig Ervine(c), Wessly Madhevere, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Richard Ngarava, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani
Zimbabwe vs Sri Lanka: Probable Playing 11 of Sri Lanka
Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis(w), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka(c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka