Zimbabwe Cricket Team

Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe are gearing up for the second ODI of their three-match series after the series opener was unfortunately washed out. With both teams looking to make a mark, cricket enthusiasts are eagerly anticipating the clash, and there are intriguing betting markets to explore.

Head-to-Head Record:

In ODI cricket, Sri Lanka holds a significant advantage with 47 victories over Zimbabwe’s 12. However, in their last 11 completed ODI meetings, Sri Lanka has won six, and Zimbabwe has emerged victorious in five encounters, making it a closely contested battle in recent times.

Live Streaming and Broadcast:

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Team Previews:

Sri Lanka:

  • In the first ODI, Sri Lanka posted a total of 273/9, with Charith Asalanka shining with a century. Despite the weather disrupting play, Asalanka showcased his prowess, scoring 101 off 95 deliveries.
  • Captain Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama also contributed with scores of 46 and 41, respectively. Seamers Dilshan Madushanka and Dushmantha Chameera had only bowled two overs each before the rain intervened.
  • The pressure is on Sri Lanka to secure a series win with fewer matches remaining. The team’s recent ODI record against Zimbabwe hasn’t been as dominant as expected, adding an extra layer of challenge.

Zimbabwe:

  • Zimbabwe faced a challenging situation at 12 for two in pursuit of a 274-run target in the first ODI before it was washed out. The team aims for an improved performance with both bat and ball.
  • Debutants Tapiwa Mufudza and Faraz Akram showed promise in the first match. Mufudza, a spinner, was economical, while Akram, a pace bowler, took two wickets. Opener Tinashe Kamunhukamwe and captain Craig Ervine will look to bounce back after collecting ducks in the previous match.
  • Despite the odds against them in foreign conditions, Zimbabwe has the potential to convert promise into substance.

Toss Prediction:

Sri Lanka won the toss in the first ODI and chose to bat. Considering the recent trend at the R Premadasa Stadium, where five of the last seven completed ODIs have been won by the team batting first, winning the toss might lead to a similar decision.

Pitch and Conditions:

The R Premadasa Stadium has seen varied first-innings totals, ranging from 273 to 50. A competitive first-innings score would be around 270-plus. Expect both teams to field two specialist spinners, given the turning conditions. However, wet weather is forecast in Colombo, potentially impacting the match.

Betting Tips:

Sri Lanka holds a strong position to win this match. Zimbabwe’s vulnerability in the top order was evident in the first ODI, and their bowling depth remains questionable. Considering these factors, Sri Lanka is a favorite to come out on top in the second ODI.

Prediction: Sri Lanka to win the second ODI against Zimbabwe.