Galle set to host first limited-over cricket in last 17 years with Sri Lanka taking on Zimbabwe in first of five-match One-Day International series on Friday (30 June, 2017). Sri Lanka would look to get over their early exit from recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy.
Sri Lankan team will be led by Angelo Mathews. Upul Tharanga returns to the squad after he was suspended for two match during mega event for slower over-rate. He is expected to open the batting with wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella who is in decent form.
Angelo Mathews has lot of responsibility in middle order batting line-up due to absence of experienced Dinesh Chandimal. Kushal Parera showed his skills during Champions Trophy that he can thrive middle order position so he is likely to form formidable middle order along with in-form Kushal Mendis.
Lasith Malinga was handed one year ban (six month suspension) for insulting sports minister. However, he is likely to feature in this game where he will pay 50 percent of his match fee as fine.
Left-arm Chinaman bowlers Lakshan Sandakan will lead the spin attack followed by Akila Dananjaya and Danushka Gunathilaka. Dushmantha Chameera returns to the team after struggling with injury. He has not played since December last year so he’ll be desperate to perform and showcase his skill once again.
Meanwhile, visitors are coming form series win against Netherlands where they won three-match One-Day series 2-1. They tour Sri Lanka for first time in last 15 years so they will look to leave an impact on this tour. Zimbabwe are currently eleventh just above lowest ranked Ireland in ICC Ranking so this series give visitors chance to move up the ranking.
Tendai Chatara and Chris Mpofu are expected to lead the pace attack along with Donald Tripano while spin department will be led by skipper Graeme Cremer supported by Ryan Burl. It will be interesting to see how African Nation forms their playing eleven for this game
Sri Lanka Squad: Upul Tharanga, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Mendis, Danushka Gunathilaka, Angelo Mathews(c), , Asela Gunaratne, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga
Zimbabwe Squad: Solomon Mire, Hamilton Masakadza, Ryan Burl, Graeme Cremer(c), Craig Ervine, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Sikandar Raza, Tendai Chatara, Chris Mpofu, Donald Tiripano, Richard Ngarava, Wellington Masakadza, Malcolm Waller, Chamu Chibhabha, Tarisai Musakanda[sc name=”code” ]