Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine though is confident in his batters’ ability to chase, seeing how well they’ve done so far this series: “The wicket has played pretty much the same throughout, so confident of our batters performing well again.”
Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka is beaming, having won the toss for the first time in the series: “It is always a good batting track over here, but it slows down in the evening so happy to set a target.
Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Highlights today, 3rd ODI (D/N), Friday 21-1-2022 – Zimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka from Pallekele International Cricket Stadium.
Sri Lanka have won the toss and will bat first.
Sri Lanka team: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Mendis (wk), 3 Kamindu Mendis, 4 Dinesh Chandimal, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka (capt.), 7 Chamika Karunaratne, 8 Ramesh Mendis 9 Jeffrey Vandersay, 10 Maheesh Theekshana, 11 Dushmantha Chameera.
Zimbabwe team: 1 Regis Chakabva (wk), 2 Takudzwanashe Kaitano, 3 Craig Ervine (capt.), 4 Sean Williams, 5 Ryan Burl, 6 Sikander Raza, 7 Milton Shumba, 8 Wellington Masakadze, 9 Blessing Muzarabani, 10 Richard Ngarava, 11 Tendai Chatara.
(last five completed matches, most recent first)
Sri Lanka: LWWLW
Match Timings: 09:00 GMT | 14:30 Local
Umpires – Kumar Dharmasena, Prageeth Rambukwella
TV Umpires – Lyndon Hannibal
Match Referee – Ranjan Madugalle
Reserve Umpire – Raveendra Wimalasiri
Match number – ODI no. 4347
Post Match presentation.
Charith Asalanka is Man of the Match for his 56-ball 52, while Pathum Nissanka is Man of the Series for his 55 today and 75 in the opening game.
Asalanka says the pitch wasn’t the best to bat on, and his goal was simply to stay at the crease for about 15-20 overs. Nissanka says he’s of course pleased with the award, and that while batting at the top of the order is a new challenge – he has batted in the middle order for most of his domestic career – he is happy to take it on for the team.
Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine.: “We’ve put in some really good performances in the first two games, but it’s really disappointing to end the series with a display like that. The wicket was really dry, and it was always going to be difficult to bat, later on, we knew that. But we were blown away in those first few overs. In terms of positives, our opening partnership is definitely a plus. Kaitano has been great and I’m sure he’s gonna be around for a while.
SL captain Dasun Shanaka: “We played really good cricket throughout, but I think winning the toss played a really big role, especially today. It was more on the slower side, we thought 270 would be ideal, so we felt we were maybe 20 runs short. But we always knew we were in it with our spinners were always in with a chance. It’s really good to have so many good players sitting out, we haven’t had such depth for many years and it’s a good sign for Sri Lanka cricket for the coming years.”