Dasun Shanaka: “We would have batted first as well. We had a good preparation over the last week, and in the LPL as well. There are five changes from the last time we played an ODI with Chamika Gunasekera debuting today.”
Craig Ervine: “Wicket looks really good for batting, and we think we want to try and make the best use of that and get through that initial new-ball spell. It took us one or two days to get used to the heat and humidity, but we’re happy with our preparations.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Highlights today, 1st ODI (D/N), Sun 16-1-2022 – Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Craig Ervine won the toss and chose to bat first.
Sri Lanka team: Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Kamindu Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Jeffrey Vandersay, 9 Maheesh Theekshana, 10 Chamika Gunasekera, 11 Nuwan Pradeep.
Zimbabwe team: 1 Ryan Burl, 2 Sikander Raza, 3 Regis Chakabva (wk), 4 Tendai Chatara, 5 Craig Ervine (capt.), 6 Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 7 Wesley Madhevere, 8 Wellington Masakadze, 9 Blessing Muzarabani, 10 Richard Ngarava, 11 Sean Williams.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: WLWWL
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Lyndon Hannibal
TV Umpires – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Prageeth Rambukwella
Match number – ODI no. 4341
Post Match Presentation
Dinesh Chandimal is Man of the Match: “I’m over the moon about my performance. Disappointed not to have stayed till the end though. I’ve gone through a lot of ups and downs, but you have to keep practicing hard and keep your fitness at a good level. That’s what I’ve been focusing on and just trying to be the old Chandi – because the last few years haven’t been good. I think he’s back now and I’m looking forward to doing well in the next few matches as well.”
Sean Williams: “Very disappointed. Thought the guys set the platform really well, but Sri Lanka bowled really well at the death and we were about 20-30 runs short. I also thought we missed our lengths and gave away a few too many four balls.”
Dasun Shanaka: “I should, first of all, thank the crowd who came here in numbers, it was a great support. 296 is always a tough score, but our batters showed their class in the run chase. I’m also happy with our strength in depth.”