Zimbabwe take on Sri Lanka at Harare for the first game of the tri-nation ODI series. Zimbabwe will look to reverse their fortunes after disappointing losses to the “lions” of Lanka in the recently concluded Test Series. The Zimbabweans should look to their skipper, Graeme Cremer, in order to replicate his form as he was their highest wicket taker as well as the only centurion in the five-day games. A new bunch of Zimbabwe players should add balance to the side such as Brian Chari, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda and TInashe Panyangara. Their senior players like Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu CHibhabha and Elton Chigumbura still remain the cornerstone of this lacklustre Zimbabwean side.
If Lanka mange to replicate their performance of the Test series in the ODI series they shouldn’t face many issues. They still remained hampered by the absence of Chandimal and Mathews who are both side-lined due to injury. Despite these unfortunate injuries and the presence of a mercurial West Indies team in the series, Sri Lanka will start as favourites.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have elected to field.
SL: D de Silva, K Perera, N Dickwella (wk), K Mendis, U Tharanga, S Jayasuriya, A Gunaratne, S Pathirana, N Kulasekara, S Lakmal, N Pradeep
ZIM: C Chibhabha, B Chari, C Ervine, S Williams, S Raza, P Moor (wk), E Chigumbura, G Cremer, D Tiripano, C Mumba, T Panyangara