Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Match Prediction – Who Will Win Today’s SL vs ZIM 3rd T20 2024

In a gripping turn of events, Zimbabwe secured their first win of the ongoing tour against Sri Lanka, claiming victory by four wickets in the second T20I. With the series now level at 1-1, anticipation is building for the decider scheduled at the R.Premadasa Stadium on Thursday. Zimbabwe has shown resilience throughout the tour, and this triumph will undoubtedly boost their confidence.

Teams Preview

Sri Lanka Preview

Sri Lanka faced disappointment in the second T20I, with their total of 173-6 falling short despite Charith Asalanka’s impressive 69 and Angelo Mathews’ unbeaten 66. Mathews has been a standout performer, accumulating 112 runs in two matches at a strike rate of 126.

Key players like Charith Asalanka and Kusal Mendis will play crucial roles in the decider. The bowling attack, led by spinners Maheesh Theekshana and skipper Wanindu Hasaranga, along with the in-form fast bowler Dushmantha Chameera, will aim to make a significant impact.

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing XI:

  • Pathum Nissanka
  • Kusal Mendis (wk)
  • Kusal Perera
  • Sadeera Samarawickrama
  • Charith Asalanka
  • Angelo Mathews
  • Dasun Shanaka
  • Wanindu Hasaranga (c)
  • Maheesh Theekshana
  • Dushmantha Chameera
  • Dilshan Madushanka

Zimbabwe Preview

Zimbabwe displayed resilience in their first win of the tour, with Craig Ervine’s match-winning 70 off 54 guiding them to victory. The experienced players, including skipper Sikandar Raza and Ryan Burl, will be crucial in the do-or-die match. Blessing Muzarabani and Richard Ngarava have been effective with the new ball, and Raza’s off-spin adds depth to the bowling attack.

Zimbabwe Predicted Playing XI:

  • Craig Ervine
  • Tinashe Kamunhukamwe
  • Brian Bennett
  • Sean Williams
  • Sikandar Raza (c)
  • Ryan Burl
  • Clive Madande (wk)
  • Luke Jongwe
  • Wellington Masakadza
  • Richard Ngarava
  • Blessing Muzarabani

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Weather Conditions

The R.Premadasa Stadium is expected to offer sportive conditions, with the pitch favoring batsmen initially and becoming conducive to spin as the game progresses. Humid weather in Colombo may bring some rain and a thunderstorm in the evening.

Venue Details

In this series, teams batting first have posted scores of 143-4 and 173-6, losing both matches. The average first innings score at R.Premadasa Stadium is 152, with Bangladesh’s 215-5 being the highest total. Teams will likely target around 180 runs in the decider.

Toss: To Bowl

Both matches at R.Premadasa Stadium have been won by the chasing side, indicating that the team winning the toss is likely to field first.

Winning Prediction

Zimbabwe enters the decider with newfound confidence, but Sri Lanka is expected to make a strong comeback. Sri Lanka possesses ample firepower in their batting lineup, and their spinners could exploit any slow pitch conditions. While Zimbabwe will put up a fight, the home side is predicted to clinch the series 2-1.

Prediction: Sri Lanka Will Win

Sri Lanka is favored to make a comeback and secure victory in the closely contested encounter. Cricket enthusiasts can gear up for an intense battle between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka in the decisive T20I.

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