Covid-hit Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe


SL vs ZIM LIVE score, 1st ODI: Sri Lanka aim for home dominance- Sri Lanka are all set to host Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series that kick starts on January 16. The ODIs against Zimbabwe offers Sri Lanka an opportunity to rise in the ODI rankings (currently 9th). But Sri Lanka would be missing the services of Kamil Mishara, Avishka Fernando, and Janith Liyanage who are currently recovering from COVID. Follow Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN 

SL vs ZIM LIVE score, 1st ODI: Covid-hit Sri Lanka aim for home dominance over struggling Zimbabwe – Follow Live Updates

Missing players:

Avishka Fernando: He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19
Dhananjaya De Silva: Vice-Captain – He will not play as he is on Paternity Leave
Lahiru Kumara: He will not play as he has not fulfilled the ‘fitness standards’
Janith Liyanage: He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19
Kalana Perera: He will not play as he has not fulfilled the ‘fitness standards’
Kamil Mishara: He will not play in the series, as he has tested Positive for Covid-19

As a result, All three scheduled ODI matches will be played at Pallekele. This is primarily done to avoid extensive travelling by the teams and also to maintain a check on the spread of Covid.

Team selections have gone quite haywire for the island nation as they missed out on some key players who have contracted the virus. Injuries too have plagued the Lankan squad as Kusal Perera and Wanindu Hasaranga would be missing from this important series. 

The Sri Lankan Cricket team will be led by their skipper, Dasun Shanaka, who is determined to win this home series. 17- men squad have been announced by Sri Lanka which saw the inclusion of three uncapped players in the squad. It remains to be seen whether Chamika Gunasekera, Nuwan Thusara, and Shiran Fernando get their debut caps in this upcoming series. 

The hosts will look to play ODIs after a long gap of four months. They had last hosted Proteas where they won 2-1.

A total of 3 ODI’s are scheduled to take place in this upcoming cricket series of Zimbabwe’s tour of Sri Lanka. The first ODI will take place on January 16 at Sri Lanka’s iconic cricket stadium of Pallekele.  The next ODi’s will be held on January 18 and January 21 respectively. 

This cricket series is of utmost importance for both teams, as the two cricketing nations would be eager to capture some valuable points for the ongoing ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. 

 SL vs ZIM ODI: Covid-hit Sri Lanka aim for home dominance over struggling Zimbabwe – Follow Live Updates

On the other hand, Zimbabwe too will return to action after September after COVID played spoilsport against Ireland ODIs. The two teams had tied 1-1 in an ODI series when they faced each other in January 2018 (Dhaka). 

The African nation of Zimbabwe would bank heavily on its star performer and skipper Craig Ervine. Zimbabwe previously last played an ODI game in their tour of Ireland where the three-match series remained a stalemate of 1-1. The first ODI went in favour of Zimbabwe while the 3rd went to Ireland, the 2nd ODI game concluded with no result, thus effectively leading the series to remain as a tie.

Sri Lanka Squad: Dasun Shanaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Charith Asalanka, Maheesh Theekshana, Jeffrey Vandersay, Nuwan Thushara, Chamika Karunaratne, Praveen Jayawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Chamika Gunasekara, Nuwan Pradeep, Ramesh Mendis, Shiran Fernando.

Zimbabwe Squad: Craig Ervine, Ryan Burl, Sikandar Raza, Tinotenda Mutombodzi, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Takudzwanashe Kaitano, Clive Madande, Tendai Chatara, Luke Jongwe, Wellington Masakadza, Milton Shumba, Blessing Muzarabani, Wesley Madhevere, Richard Ngarava.

Where can I watch SL vs ZIM LIVE streaming?

This SL vs ZIM ODI series will be telecasted by the Sony Sports Network in India, allowing cricket fans to watch this fascinating encounter between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. You can also watch LIVE streaming on SONY LIV.

SL vs ZIM LIVE score, 1st ODI: Covid-hit Sri Lanka aim for home dominance over struggling Zimbabwe

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