Zimbabwe eye one final upset against Sri Lanka

HARARE: Giant-killers Zimbabwe will hope to cap their fairytale campaign with yet another stunning display while revenge will be high on Sri Lanka’s agenda in their tri-series final on Wednesday (today).

Even though both India and Sri Lanka sent second-string squads for the low-profile tournament, few expected Zimbabwe to emerge as the table-topper with 13 points in their kitty. The minnows twice beat India and both were comprehensive victories. As if to prove it was no fluke.

Key to their fortune has been Brendan Taylor’s sensational form that has already earned the opener three Man of the Match awards. In Taylor, Zimbabwe have got a batsman who has the skill and the temperament to see them through.

There bowling has been a revelation as well, especially their battery of spin bowlers. The likes of Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer have not only been accurate but also aggressive and the spirited support they got from the fielders made them all the more lethal.

Sri Lanka, however, would do everything tomorrow to prevent a repeat. Skipper Dilshan will particularly expect Dinesh Chandimal, who scored his maiden ODI century against India the other day, to come good and underline his talent with another significant knock.

In the bowling department, onus would be on Thilan Thushara and Dilhara Fernando to provide the early breakthrough and remove Taylor at the earliest.

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