Under-pressure Sri Lanka face confident Zimbabwe
May 31, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
This series was supposed to be an opportunity to showcase Zimbabwe cricket to the world. Is it in good health? Is the talent there? Is the desire there? The Twenty20 World Cup provided a few answers. Even though they didn’t win a game in the tourney, they sparkled in the warm-ups by defeating Australia and Pakistan. This tri-series has hinted at more progress. They produced a clinical win against India in the first ODI in Bulawayo. They have to now to show they can sustain their recent performances. The game against Sri Lanka provides another opportunity.
Sri Lanka chose to rest some players and test a few others in this competition. In their first ODI, they might have fallen well short of setting an ideal target but considering the conditions they batted in - the track was two-paced and there was help for spin and seam in the first half due to overnight rains- it wasn’t a poor effort. The ease with which India chased it down was slightly surprising, though.