loader image

Today's Latest Bangla Sports News | Sports News in Bengali | MCW Sports

1st ODI Match Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Match Details, Team News, Probable Playing Xis , Pitch Report and the Match Prediction

Jan 16, 2022

The Island nation Sri Lanka is all set to host Zimbabwe for a three-match ODI series starting from the 16th of January. This will be the first limited-overs assignment for the Dasun Shanaka led side in 2022. They are coming off a 2-0 victory over the West Indies side in the Test match series and have started to show a lot of promising signs with superstars in the making.

Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe side has a lot of experienced campaigners in their lineup as Craig Ervine is all set to lead the team against Sri Lanka. They will miss the services of their head coach Lachand Rajput who is in isolation as he is hit by Covid-19, however, he will return for the third ODI.  Zimbabwe last played an international fixture in September last year in which they won the T20I series against Scotland.



Sri Lanka will be led in this three-match ODI series by Rumesh Ratnayake, who has taken charge of the team on an interim basis following the departure of previous head coach Mickey Arthur and will be assisted by Ruwin Paris.

Top order batter Aviska Fernando will miss the entirety of the ODI series after having tested positive for Covid-19, however the hosts will be boosted by the presence of Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis, with all three having had their international suspensions lifted.


Zimbabwe will also enter this first ODI without a permanent head coach in charge of the team, with Lalchand Rajput forced to enter isolation after contracting Covid-19, a blow for Zimbabwe, who have won just one of their last 16 completed ODI fixtures.

The tourists will need to put together a batting order capable of making up the runs lost by Brendan Taylor’s retirement, with Craig Ervine named as captain and the experienced duo of Sikandar Raza and Sean Williams expected to form the spine of their batting order.


Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 1st ODI
Venue: Pallekele Stadium
Date & Time: January 16th at 2:30 PM (IST and Local Time)


Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele Pitch is right for batting. The Pallekele pitch typically dominated with the aid of the batsmen. We ought to desire excessive scoring in shape at this venue. A total of 260+ runs this venue. Hopes for the crew to win the toss must be bat first. Spinners can play a critical function in this in shape
Average score: 248 (25 ODIs at Pallekele)
Record of chasing teams: Won-15, Lost -10



  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Minod Bhanuka(wk)
  • Kusal Mendis
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Dinesh Chandimal
  • Dasun Shanaka
  • Ramesh Mendis
  • Chamika Karunaratne
  • Dushmantha Chameera
  • Maheesh Theekshana
  • Nuwan Pradeep


  • Regis Chakabva(wk)
  • Craig Ervine
  • Sean Williams
  • Wesley Madhevere
  • Milton Shumba
  • Ryan Burl
  • Luke Jongwe
  • Wellington Masakadza
  • Tendai Chatara
  • Blessing Muzarabani
  • Richard Ngarava


Matches– 57, Sri Lanka – 44, Zimbabwe – 11, N/R- 2



Charith Asalanka was in excellent touch in the T20 World cup 2021 and he is growing well in stature in what has been a great start to an international career. He did well against India in the home series and the 24-year-old looks promising for the future. He is yet to score an international century which he might overcome in the Zimbabwe series.


Sean Williams has been around for the Zimbabwe side for a long time and his experience is going to play a key factor in the Island nation. He is almost nearing the 4000 run mark in the format in approaching his 140th game and the 35-year-old is very handy with his left-arm orthodox spin as well.

Today’s match prediction: Sri Lanka to win the match.

Related Posts

MCW Sports Joins Gladiators’ Family as Platinum Sponsor for PSL8

MCW Sports Joins Gladiators’ Family as Platinum Sponsor for PSL8

MCW Sports is proud to announce its collaboration with Quetta Gladiators as the platinum sponsor for the upcoming season of Pakistan Super League (PSL). The team announced their partnership on social media, expressing great enthusiasm and optimism regarding this...

Rwanda makes history after beating cricket Giants

Rwanda makes history after beating cricket Giants

In the Women's Under-19 Cricket World Cup in South Africa, Rwanda pulled off a huge upset by defeating the West Indies by four wickets on Sunday in Potchefstroom. The West Indies were eliminated from the inaugural tournament when the East African nation, ranked 27th...

MCW Sports Subscribe
MCW Sports Joins Gladiators’ Family as Platinum Sponsor for PSL8
MCW Sports - Ambassador
Subscribe to our Newsletter
Subscribe to our Newsletter