Sri Lanka take on Zimbabwe in their World Cup 2015 warm-up game today and this could be bit of a mismatch despite the latter’s fine bowling showing in their previous warm-up game.
Sri Lanka have been in New Zealand for some time now and have gotten used to the conditions well.
With Zimbabwe already having given one scare – to the Kiwis in their opener – it’s difficult to see Sri Lanka falling in the same trap.
It almost looked like New Zealand wanted to assert their authority on Zimbabwe too hard and that allowed them to pick up seven wickets without getting too many before their match was rained off.
Sri Lanka will be a tad cautious in their approach to begin with but once they have gotten going they can be expected to go after Zimbabwe – they cannot afford to lose this game going into the tournament.
Of course, the other plus for Sri Lanka is the way they played in their opening warm-up game. Against one of the favourites, South Africa, Sri Lanka went on to pile up 279 for seven in less than 45 overs before the rains came down and then almost surprised them with some excellent bowling towards the end of the South African chase.
They brought South Africa down to needing 40 from the last four overs before giving away the game with three balls to spare.
With T Dilshan having announced himself to be a threat with a century in that game, it will be interesting to see how Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara go in this one.
Sangakkara is the man in form otherwise while Jayawardene also had a decent series against New Zealand but was rested from their first encounter.
Zimbabwe will hope the senior pros like Brendan Taylor and Hamilton Masakadza can get themselves some runs before the tournament.
Sri Lanka will start off heavy favourites to defeat Zimbabwe and the weather should remain good enough for a full game too.