Zimbabwe face Sri Lanka


Zimbabwe, basking in their first tri-nations cricket final in eight years, play Sri Lanka today in a dress rehearsal for the final of the Micromax One Day International Triangular series on Wednesday.
Allan Butcher, the Zimbabwe coach could be tempted to rest some of the players for the Wednesday final although he knows that today’s result could have a huge bearing on the final.
In-form opening batsman Hamilton Masakadza will be hoping to overtake India’s Rohirt Sharma as the tournament’s highest run scorer.
The Indian has scored 260 runs in four matches, while Masakadza is in second place with 174 runs, but he has the advantage of having played a game less and would want to add to his runs ahead of the final. Together with Brendan Taylor who is fourth with 157 runs, they have been the backbone of Zimbabwe’s batting line-up and their partnership of 128 runs in last week’s game against India is the third highest of the series so far. All-rounder Greg Lamb remains Zimbabwe’s highest wicket taker, with his right arm off break deliveries yielding three wickets in the same game against India. He will also be looking forward to increase his wicket tally in today’s match.
In Andy Blignaut, Zimbabwe have finally found the solution to their seam bowling department. He is expected to take the new ball for Zimbabwe. He posted impressive economical figures during the India game.
The spin bowling department led by veteran off spinner Ray Price will also play a crucial role as the wicket at Harare Sports Club tends to offer more turn as it gets older.
Zimbabwe will be hoping to atone for their nine-wicket defeat against the same Sri Lankan side in a rain affected match in Bulawayo last Tuesday.