SL vs ZIM Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11, Injury Updates & Pitch Report For 1st T20I

Wanindu Hasaranga's return to this format makes Sri Lanka hot favorites to win this game.

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Preview

On Sunday, January 14, at R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe SL vs ZIM will play the first Twenty20 International of the three-match series. In three Twenty20 International matches, these two teams faced off, with Sri Lanka winning each time.

In the T20I series, Sri Lanka will be led by Wanindu Hasaranga, their new captain. The great spinner, who stunned everyone with his stunning return in the most recent ODI against Zimbabwe, hammered the opposition with seven wickets. In the three-match series, there will be high expectations for the spinner.

For the first time since 2021, spinner Akila Dananjaya and all-rounder Angelo Mathews are playing in the game’s shortest format. When Pathum Nissanka has suspected dengue, Lankans are likely to miss it. With so many talented players in the roster, it would be intriguing to watch how they choose their starting eleven.

In the meanwhile, Sikandar Raza, Zimbabwe’s talented all-around player, will be in charge. In the T20I series, Brian Bennett, Carl Mumba, and Ainsley Ndlovu will play, however Tapiwa Mufudza, Faraz Akram, and Takudzwanashe Kaitano will not.

In their previous five Twenty20 Internationals, Zimbabwe had three victories. They did lose to Ireland twice in a row in December 2023, though, going into this series. It would be an entertaining series to follow with Ryan Burl, Craig Ervine, and Raza in the batting order.

SL vs ZIM

Match Information

1st T20I, Colombo, January 14, 2024, 07:00 PM

Zimbabwe
143/5(20.0ov)
Sri Lanka
144/7(20.0ov)

Sri Lanka beat Zimbabwe by 3 wickets

Weather Report

stadiumR.Premadasa Stadium, Khettarama, Colombo

Clouds Clouds 31.9°C
humidity 42% (Humidity)

Pitch Report

The last T20I played at this venue was in June 2022 when the wicket turned out to be a two-paced one. The average first innings score is 134 with the captain winning the toss loving to bowl first. Both pacers and spinners would have good enough momentum on this surface, while batters are anticipated to struggle.
50% Pace Bowling
50% Spin Bowling
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50% Batting Pitch
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134 Average Score
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50% Bowling Pitch

Team Form (Last 5 matches)

L
SLvsAFG
AFG Won By 3 runs
W
SLvsAFG
SL Won By 72 runs
W
SLvsAFG
SL Won By 4 runs
W
SLvsZIM
SL Won By 9 wickets
L
SLvsZIM
ZIM Won By 4 wickets
L
ZIMvsSL
SL Won By 9 wickets
W
ZIMvsSL
ZIM Won By 4 wickets
L
ZIMvsSL
SL Won By 3 wickets
L
ZIMvsIRE
IRE Won By 6 wickets
L
ZIMvsIRE
IRE Won By 4 wickets

Players Stats in Series

112 Runs

3 Matches

85 Runs

2 Matches

80 Runs

3 Matches

80 Runs

3 Matches

64 Runs

3 Matches

54 Runs

3 Matches

7 Wkts

3 Matches

6 Wkts

3 Matches

4 Wkts

3 Matches

3 Wkts

3 Matches

3 Wkts

3 Matches

2 Wkts

3 Matches

1 Fifty

3 Matches

1 Fifty

2 Matches

1 Fifty

3 Matches

1 Fifty

3 Matches

70 Runs

54 Balls Faced

69 Runs

39 Balls Faced

66* Runs

51 Balls Faced

62 Runs

42 Balls Faced

46 Runs

38 Balls Faced

39* Runs

23 Balls Faced

Probable Playing XI

Sri Lanka:

Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Pathum Nissanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga(c), Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis†, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dushmantha Chameera, Nuwan Thushara, Maheesh Theekshana.

Zimbabwe:

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

Fantasy Sports Team

WICKET KEEPER
K Mendis

SL - 9 Cr

BATSMEN
C Ervine

ZIM - 7.5 Cr

R Burl

ZIM - 8 Cr

C Asalanka

SL - 8 Cr

P Nissanka

SL - 8.5 Cr

ALL ROUNDERS
A Mathews

SL - 7 Cr

S Williams

ZIM - 8.5 Cr

VC
S Raza

ZIM - 9 Cr

C
W Hasaranga

SL - 9 Cr

BOWLERS
R Ngarava

ZIM - 8.5 Cr

M Theekshana

SL - 8.5 Cr

Player Picks

Sean Williams

Sean Williams scored 232 runs at a strike rate of 145 in T20Is in 2023. He also picked up four wickets.

Richard Ngarava

Richard Ngarava was the leading wicket-taker for ZIM in T20Is in 2023 with 26 wickets at an economy rate of 5.63. He had a BBI of 3/11.

Craig Ervine

Craig Ervine scored 217 runs in T20Is in 2023 at a strike rate of 107.96. He struck two half-centuries along the way.

C

Wanindu Hasaranga

Wanindu Hasaranga picked up five wickets at an economy of 8.72 and chipped in with 60 runs in T20Is last year. He also had figures of 7/19 in his only ODI outing against ZIM in this tour.

C

Sikandar Raza

Sikandar Raza was the leading run-scorer for ZIM in T20Is in 2023 with 515 runs and he also picked up 17 wickets.

C

Kusal Mendis

Kusal Mendis was the leading run-scorer for SL in T20Is in 2023 with 211 runs at an average of 35.16 and a strike rate of 158.64. He had a top score of 73.

Craig Ervine

Craig Ervine is a great pick here as mentioned earlier and he costs just 7.5 credits for the fantasy team.

Ryan Burl

Ryan Burl was the second-leading scorer in T20Is for ZIM in 2023 with 309 runs at a strike rate of 121.17. He picked up 17 wickets too.

Charith Asalanka

Charith Asalanka scored 162 runs at a strike rate of 142.10 in six T20Is in 2023. He had a top score of 67.

WICKET KEEPER
VC
K Mendis

SL - 9 Cr

BATSMEN
C Ervine

ZIM - 7.5 Cr

K Perera

SL - 7 Cr

R Burl

ZIM - 8 Cr

C Asalanka

SL - 8 Cr

P Nissanka

SL - 8.5 Cr

ALL ROUNDERS
S Raza

ZIM - 9 Cr

C
W Hasaranga

SL - 9 Cr

BOWLERS
D Chameera

SL - 8 Cr

R Ngarava

ZIM - 8.5 Cr

M Theekshana

SL - 8.5 Cr

Player Picks

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

C
9.5

Hardik Pandya

Pandya has been named captain of the team and can be your captain as well. He has amassed 1271 runs and 69 wickets playing in 87 T20I matches.

Injury and availability news

Will be added when there is an update.

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