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Sri Lanka Hopeful for Good Show on tour of Zimbabwe

October 27
14:13 2016

slzimNew Delhi, Thursday, October 27 – Sri Lanka are on tour of Zimbabwe to play 2-match Test series. Harare Sports Club in Harare is the venue for both Tests, which are to take place from October 29 to November 2 and November 6 to November 10. Rangana Herath will lead the Sri Lankan side, which will have Kusal Mendis, Kaushal Silva, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dilruwan Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Madushanka, Lahiru Gamage, Suranga Lakmal, Asela Gunaratne, Angelo Mathews and Dhananjaya de Silva.

On the other hand, Graeme Cremer will look forward to winning having Hamilton Masakadza, Tinotenda Mawoyo, Craig Ervine, Regis Chakabva, Sean Williams, Peter Moor, Christopher Mpofu, Taurai Muzurabani, Michael Chinouya, Brian Chari, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Carl Mumba, Tarisai Musakanda and Donald Tiripano in the group. Who will be picked in the Playing XI will be a key thing to notice just before the match starts. Strong partnership that avoids quick batting collapse will be the focus of both sides.

Falling short expectations will not to be liked by the players as each tournament gives them the opportunity to do well and make things better. Performance of Zimbabwe hasn’t been good so far this year. They lost 2-match Test series against New Zealand at Queens Sports Club in Bulawayo. India also thrashed them in 3 ODIs. The hosts only won 1st T20I but lost series 1-2 as India bounced back and logged victories in second and third matches.

Against Bangladesh in the shortest format, Zimbabwe were able to level series 2-2 at Sheikh Abu Naser Stadium in Khulna. And this was their great success as it is never easy to hold the nerve when a team trails by 0-2 in the beginning. Sri Lanka are definitely strong side as compared to Zimbabwe but that doesn’t guarantee a team’s success ever. Here is to mention that the first Test at the Harare Sports Club will be 100th appearance of the hosts in the longest format and Zimbabwe will make all possible effort to make it memorable that is likely only when victory is tasted.

If truth be told then Cremer’s men will try to work hard to increase the speed of attaining runs, whether they bat first or second. If any room is given to the opponents to play shots confidently then it may turn a big failure. Singles too got to be stopped on more than a few occasions that will add to pressure since batsmen try to go for risky shots whenever runs do not come easily in pocket. Earning wicket and producing chances of winning can make things go better. Both pitch and climatic conditions are to be well utilized. The visitors may face a tad trouble provided good show by the home team. It happens many a times that nobody plays any big innings but still a team ensures not to make mistake that could cost them a match.

Playing as a unit works and takes a squad out of problematic situation. Timely sixes and fours are helpful in releasing the pressure. As a matter of fact the audiences would not like the way if the hosts lose any match and miss the opportunity to take lead in the contest. Sealing series is a different aspect but first step would be winning the opening match of the longest format and not let them land in is a do-or-die situation. Zimbabwe are keen to taste victory and start the tournament against Sri Lanka. Winning the toss is not an assurance of winning the contest. Target can even be attained by the side that loses it. Pressure is high on the home side but they are likely to pull off by pouring good amount of efforts.

At the same time, focus of the visiting group will be to go back home with historic triumphs, if possible. But is that going to be as easy as thought? Perhaps, not! Considering opponents weak is not an option as poor bowling or form and batting collapse may compel any team stay on the back foot. Some lessons learnt in the previous series by both teams will be helpful in the approaching matches. A key thing to watch in the upcoming Tests will be how Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka prepare to mark solid presence. Stopping the ball before it touches the boundary is important to slow down the pace of scoring runs. It would be interesting to see who among the selected Test members are elected in the Playing XI that would perform in the 1st Test match. With just a short span of time remaining for the match to start, focus of both the hosts and guests must be to sharpen their tools and let the opponents feel the heat.

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