Sri Lanka will play Zimbabwe in the second ODI of a three match series on January 18 at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. I have gathered three of the top betting tips for our SL vs ZIM match prediction.
Sri Lanka will be extremely pleased with the first win of the series where they humiliated Zimbabwe to snatch a 5 wicket victory. Sean Williams scored his fifth ODI hundred, while Takudzwanashe Kaitano had a debut to remember. Indeed, the Zimbabwe batters in general did well to subdue the threat of the Lankan bowlers and gave a target of 297 runs to the hosts. The Lankan batting came through with one spectacular innings after the other. Dinesh Chandimal and Charith Asalanka scored beyond fifties, as well as for Pathum Nissanka at the top of the order. The pitch was conducive for batting throughout, but Sri Lanka will be pleased that all their batters looked in such good nick and picked the victory with sheer comfort. My betting tips for the 2nd ODI are on similar lines. Let us have a look at the bets for the SL vs ZIM match predictions.
The last clash between the sides paved an easier way for picking the best player bets for the SL vs ZIM match predictions. I have picked all the batters to play great knocks. Let us find out why.
Dinesh Chandimal is among the most promising batsmen in Sri Lankan cricket. He is the former captain in all formats and still finds himself as a strong holding middle order batter. He smashed 75 runs off 91 balls in the 1st ODI between the sides which helped the team scalp the victory by a margin of 5 wickets. Chandimal has played a total of 241 List A games amassing 6,449 runs with an average of 33.94. He scored 9 centuries and 41 fifties in those 241 List A games. Chandimal holds a spectacular number in the ODI format as well with a total of 3,782 runs in 151 ODIs with a similar average of 32.60. Playing against Zimbabwe, he holds an average of 59.66 in the 6 games and makes up for an optimistic betting tip for the upcoming game. He has played 52 games in Sri Lanka with an average of 32.78. So, playing in home conditions is expected to bring the best in Chandimal vs Zimbabwe, evident from previous innings he played. With that being said, Dinesh Chandimal is more likely to bring in a bundle of runs for the SL vs ZIM match predictions and it is the best betting tip to go for.
Because of the somewhat haphazard nature of Sri Lankan domestic cricket, the expectations of the talent pathway are limited. Charith Asalanka is a gem that the dysfunctional system has managed to produce. Asalanka was fantastic in the 1st ODI against Zimbabwe where he scored 71 off 68 balls with a strike rate of 104.41. His track record is a testimony of his superb career he has had in the limited games he played for Sri Lanka so far. He has scored 1931 runs in List A cricket with an average of 43.88. But the real weight comes from the fact that he has mustered 397 runs in just 9 ODI matches at an average of 44.11. While scoring in those games, he smashed fifties on four occasions. These are some convincing figures to rely upon and is a clear determinant of the explosive current form of the 24 year old batter. The batter has played 7 games at home conditions at an average of 56.28, and was observed to flourish with his best form. Considering all the facts, Asalanka is more likely to produce another banger performance in the upcoming 2nd ODI between the sides. Pari Match offers the odds of 1.87 for Asalnka to score over 20.5 runs from the SL vs ZIM match predictions and it is a safe bet to go for.
Both the sides have an extraordinary line-up of batters in the team and engaged in a high scoring competition in their previous clash. Based on that, I have come up with the best team bet for the SL vs ZIM head-to-head match.
Sri Lanka were brutal with their bowling, picking 9 wickets in the 1st ODI vs ZIM. The target of 297 runs was a piece of cake for the relentless batters among their ranks. Pathum Nissanka and Kusal Mendis opened the innings for Sri Lanka and prolonged the opening partnership to a total of 40 runs before Mendis gave away an easy catch to Chakabva. Nevertheless, the opening partnership further fueled the next batters to play an impeccable innings where three of the batters were successful in scoring over 70 runs in the mix. Nissanka, himself played a 75 run long inning to help the team snatch the victory from the hands of Zimbabwe. Nissanka averages low, but he is a deceptive batsman. He does not dominate the crease in his stance, and in spells can appear to retreat into his shell. But what is most impressive is his ability to up the tempo when the situation demands it. He did that in the previous match along with Mendis to give SL a great head start in the game. Mendis scored 26 in the previous game, but considering his average over 30 in the format, he is very likely to return with a better innings in the 2nd ODI between the sides. And to aid them, there is ZIM’s fragile bowling order who have been kind enough to serve a bundle of runs for the Lankan side. Having said that, it is almost certain for SL to score over 34.5 runs before facing their first dismissal in the upcoming SL vs ZIM 2nd ODI and with Pari Match offering the odds of 1.87, you should bet on it.
Dinesh Chandimal to score over 29.5 runs @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Asalanka to score over 30.5 runs @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
Sri Lanka to score over 34.5 runs before 1st dismissal @ 1.87 (Pari Match)
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