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    Default ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 || prediction no.26 || Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe

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    26th ODI Match - Pallekele Cricket Stadium, Kandy

    On Mar 10, 2011 from 14:30 Local | 09:00 GMT |




    Sri Lanka would take on Zimbabwe in the 26th ODI match of the ICC World Cup 2011. The match will be hosted at Kandy. Schedule time of Match is 14:30 Local Time (09:00 GMT). The match is schedule to be played on Mar 10, 2011. The schedule match would be Day/Night and played under flood light condition.
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    The Teams:
    Pakistan and Australia have proved that the Lankan batting is vulnerable under pressure. Their top-order has been patchy throughout with only Kumar Sangakkara showing some form with scores of 49 and 73 not out in the games against Pakistan and Australia respectively. They are expected to come good against the African nation and playing in their own backyard could prove an advantage. After this game, the competition would get tougher for Sri Lanka and they would hope that their premier batsman get enough batting practice in the game.

    The return of Malinga has increased the bowling repertoire of the Lankans and with the availability of Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajanta Mendis and Nuwan Kulasekara, a win would be a tough ask for the Zimbabweans but the game of cricket is always open for upsets and Zimbabwe would only hope that their team comes good in the game.

    Zimbabwe’s batting has been inconsistent and they have failed to come good against tougher opponents. They were bowled out for 162 and 171 runs against New Zealand and Australia respectively. In both these games, their top six batsmen have collectively scored 143 runs at an average of under 12 runs per wicket. A lot would depend on Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry and Tatenda Taibu, if Zimbabwe would like to post a decent total.

    The Zimbabwean bowling looks decent compared to their batting and the lack of pace in their bowling could prove an advantage as has been seen in the tournament thus far. Veteran Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer would have to play a bigger role to keep the Lankan scoring down and within achievable limits.

    Why watch this match?
    After the game against Australia was washed out, the Lankan’s have not spent enough time on the field for some time. This would also give an opportunity for them to test some of their untested players. Zimbabwe, after the drubbing at the hands of Australia and New Zealand, have got an opportunity to prove their abilities at the bigger stage.

    Players to look out for:
    Tillakaratne Dilshan is due a big innings and has had a very poor tournament thus far with only one half century. Lasith Malinga was literally unplayable against Kenya and would get another chance to showcase his slinging yorkers.
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