Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Zimbabwe v Sri Lanka 2nd Test
The 2nd Test of the two-match Sri Lanka tour of Zimbabwe, 2020 will be played at the Harare Sports Club in Harare.
Zimbabwe may have suffered a defeat by 10 wickets in the 1st Test but they should be pleased with what they achieved.
Exceeding expectations by a fair margin, the team scored 358 runs in the first innings with contributions from the top order comprising Prince Masvaure, Craig Ervine and concussion sub Brian Mudzinganyama. 40s from Sikandar Raza and Donald Tiripano ensured that there was no collapse in the middle order.
Lasith Embuldeniya was the star for Sri Lanka in the first innings with the ball but it was Angelo Mathews' unbeaten double century that ensured an easy win for Sri Lanka. Victor Nyauchi and Sikandar Raza were Zimbabwe's best bowlers.
There was some resistance from Brendan Taylor, Sean Williamson and Regis Chakabva in the second innings. But, the hosts lost by 10 wickets in front of some quality bowling from Sri Lanka, particularly Suranga Lakmal who bagged a four-wicket haul.
Kevin Kasuza was ruled out of the first Test midway due to "symptoms consistent with mild concussion". The opener was replaced by uncapped Brian Mudzinganyama. Mudzinganyama is expected to retain his place.
Sri Lanka are likely to win this game quite comfortably but one cannot help but laud the fighting spirit of Zimbabwe. It would be an achievement for them if they can take this one into the last day.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams:
Zimbabwe - Prince Masvaure, Brian Mudzinganyama, Craig Ervine, Brendan Taylor, Sean Williams, Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Donald Tiripano, Kyle Jarvis, Ainsley Ndlovu, Victor Nyauchi
Sri Lanka - Dimuth Karunaratne, Oshada Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dinesh Chandimal, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Embuldeniya, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka
Who will win? – Sri Lanka
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Angelo Mathews (Sri Lanka)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Kyle Jarvis (Zimbabwe), Lahiru Kumara (Sri Lanka)
Most Sixes – Brendan Taylor (Zimbabwe), Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka)
Player of the Match – Angelo Mathews
Team Scores Batting first – Zimbabwe 300+, Sri Lanka 400+
Match Handicap Sri Lanka
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*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features, so stay tuned.
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