SL vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction 1st ODI, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Predicted Playing XI, Pitch Report & Injury Updates

Sri Lanka is set to clash with Zimbabwe in the first One Day International (ODI) of the three-match series, marking the beginning of their cricketing duel in 2024. The encounter is scheduled for Saturday, January 6, at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. Following the ODI series, the two teams will engage in a three-match T20I series starting from Sunday, January 11.

MatchSri Lanka vs Zimbabwe, 1st ODI
SeriesZimbabwe tour of Sri Lanka
Date6 Jan 2024, Sat
Time2:30 PM IST
VenueR.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo
BROADCASTSony Sports Network
LIVE STREAMSonyLiv and FanCode
StadiumR.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo

Teams Overview

Sri Lanka:

Sri Lanka, having secured two victories out of nine matches, finished in the second-last position in the ODI World Cup last year. The recently appointed selection committee has brought significant changes to the squad, omitting players like Kusal Perera and Dhananjaya de Silva.

However, the inclusion of Wanindu Hasaranga is contingent on his fitness, given his recovery from hamstring surgery. Kusal Mendis has been named the full-time skipper, with Charith Asalanka as his deputy.


Zimbabwe recently faced Ireland in a three-match ODI series, which ended in a 2-0 defeat for the home team. Craig Ervine has made a return to the side and will lead the team in this series. Unfortunately, Zimbabwe will miss the services of Sean Williams due to a side injury sustained in the second T20I against Ireland last month.

Also Check: Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s SL vs ZIM 1st ODI 2024

Injury and Availability News

Wanindu Hasaranga, the key player for Sri Lanka, is still in the recovery phase from hamstring surgery and might miss the opening match.

Pitch Report

The R.Premadasa Stadium’s surface is expected to provide a balanced contest between bat and ball. The average first-innings score in the last five ODI matches at this venue has been 227 runs. Teams winning the toss might prefer batting first to set a challenging total.

Probable Playing XI

Sri LankaZimbabwe
A FernandoJ Gumbie (wk)
Pathum NissankaTS Kamunhukamwe
K Mendis (C)CR Ervine (C)
S SamarawickramaRP Burl
C AsalankaSikandar Raza
D ShanakaClive Madande
JF VandersayT Mufudza
Dunith WellalageLM Jongwe
D ChameeraWP Masakadza
D MadushankaB Muzarabani
PM LiyanagamageR Ngarava

Player Picks for Fantasy Cricket


  • Pathum Nissanka (SL | BAT): Second-highest run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup last year with 332 runs.
  • Kusal Mendis (SL | WK): Sri Lankan skipper who had an impressive outing in the World Cup last year, scoring 294 runs.
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama (SL | WK): Leading run-scorer for Sri Lanka in the World Cup with 373 runs.

Top Players:

  • Charith Asalanka (SL | BAT): Scored 288 runs in the World Cup last year, including a century and a half-century.
  • Dilshan Madushanka (SL | BOWL): Third-highest wicket-taker in the World Cup with 21 wickets.
  • Sikandar Raza (ZIM | ALL): One of the best performers for Zimbabwe in 2023, scoring 487 runs and taking 15 wickets in ODIs.

Budget Picks:

  • Joylord Gumbie (ZIM | WK): Leading run-scorer for Zimbabwe in the recent ODI series against Ireland.
  • Dunith Wellalage (SL | ALL): Has taken 21 wickets in 18 ODIs with an economy of 5.54.
  • Richard Ngarava (ZIM | BOWL): Approaching the 50-wicket mark in ODIs.

Avoid Having:

  • Wanindu Hasaranga (SL | ALL): Might not play due to ongoing recovery from hamstring surgery.
  • Dasun Shanaka (SL | ALL): In inconsistent form, scoring just 338 runs in 24 ODI matches last year.

Fantasy Cricket Team Suggestions

Head to Head:

  • Wicket Keeper: Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Joylord Gumbie.
  • Batter: Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka.
  • All Rounder: Dunith Wellalage, Sikandar Raza.
  • Bowler: Dilshan Madushanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Blessing Muzarabani, Wellington Masakadza.

Mega League:

  • Wicket Keeper: Kusal Mendis, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Joylord Gumbie.
  • Batter: Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Tinashe Kamunhukamwe.
  • All Rounder: Dunith Wellalage, Sikandar Raza.
  • Bowler: Dilshan Madushanka, Richard Ngarava, Blessing Muzarabani.

As the cricketing action unfolds, fantasy cricket enthusiasts have a thrilling opportunity to construct their winning teams, considering the form and stats of the players in this exciting series between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

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