SL vs ZIM Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates for Today’s 1st ODI match – January 16th, 2022

Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe (SL vs ZIM) play the first ODI of the three-match series on January 16th. The Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele will host this encounter. Zimbabwe are thus touring Sri Lanka for this limited overs series.

Hosts Sri Lanka are missing out on some key players in this series due to various reasons. The trio of Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva and Lahiru Kumara are unavailable for the series after testing COVID-19 positive. Dasun Shanaka will lead the side for this series. However, the hosts still seem to have a pretty balanced side. The likes of Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal will have to shoulder the responsibility with the bat. Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera and Chamika Karunaratne are their key bowlers. Thus, they still have a good team on paper.

On the other hand, Craig Ervine will continue to captain Zimbabwe in limited overs cricket. Himself, along with Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza and Regis Chakabva are among their experienced batters. Their bowling attack will be led by Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara and Wellington Masakadza.

Both teams have not played a lot of international cricket leading up to this ODI series. Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe last met each other in a tri-series back in 2018. Both teams will look to start with a win and take the lead in the series.

Match Details

Match: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI

Date and Time: January 16, Sunday, 2:30 PM IST

Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

SL vs ZIM Predicted Playing XI

Sri Lanka

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Minod Bhanuka, Dinesh Chandimal, Dasun Shanaka (C), Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Dushmantha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Nuwan Pradeep.

Zimbabwe

Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine (C), Sean Williams, Wesley Madhevere, Sikandar Raza, Ryan Burl, Milton Shumba, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara.

Pitch Report

The wicket at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is expected to offer a neutral wicket. There will be assistance for both batters and bowlers. It is expected to remain the same throughout the course of the match as well. Batters can settle in and look to score their runs. Spinners will find assistance on this surface as well. Therefore, given the nature of the wicket, winning the toss and batting first would be an ideal option.

SL vs ZIM Match Prediction

Both sides have not played a lot coming into this series. Hence, it will be an interesting battle. Sri Lanka have named what looks like a relatively inexperienced side with some big names missing. On the other hand, Zimbabwe are at full strength for this series. Nonetheless, the hosts will have the upper hand with the advantage of playing at home. This Sri Lankan side still looks well-balanced even with few key players missing out. Therefore, they are likely to start the series with a win.

SL vs ZIM Dream11 Fantasy Suggestions

SL vs ZIM Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates for Today’s 1st ODI match – January 16th, 2022

Fantasy Team #1: Dinesh Chandimal, Craig Ervine, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Sean Williams, Dasun Shanaka, Sikandar Raza, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Wellington Masakadza

Captain: Charith Asalanka, Vice-captain: Sean Williams

SL vs ZIM Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates for Today’s 1st ODI match – January 16th, 2022

Fantasy Team #2: Regis Chakabva, Craig Ervine, Kusal Mendis, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Dushmantha Chameera, Wellington Masakadza, Blessing Muzarabani, Maheesh Theekshana

Captain: Sikandar Raza, Vice-captain: Kusal Mendis

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