Angelo Mathews received the toss and selected to bowl first anticipating early the help of the Hambantota floor, however Zimbabwe captain Graeme Cremer was once happy his staff can be protecting a rating, as he felt the pitch would become worse because the day went on. A ferocious crosswind that has been blowing around the floor because the morning will take a look at either side.
Zimbabwe made two adjustments to their XI. They modified one seam bowler, changing Donald Tiripano with Carl Mumba, who was once a past due addition to the squad – flying in after Wellington Masakadza was once dominated out of the sequence with an ankle damage. Additionally they made a transformation of their batting order, bringing in Tarisai Musakanda for Ryan Burl.
Sri Lanka had been unchanged, with Lakshan Sandakan and Wanidu Hasaranga making up the frontline spin-bowling contingent, and Dushmantha Chameera, Lasith Malinga, and Nuwan Pradeep taking part in because the frontline quicks.
There’s no rain forecast throughout the fit.
Sri Lanka: 1 Niroshan Dickwella (wk), 2 Danushka Gunathilaka, three Kusal Mendis, four Upul Tharanga, five Angelo Mathews (capt.), 6 Asela Gunaratne, 7 Wanidu Hasaranga, eight Dushmantha Chameera, nine Lakshan Sandakan,10 Lasith Malinga, 11 Nuwan Pradeep
Zimbabwe: 1 Solomon Mire, 2 Hamilton Masakadza, three Craig Ervine, four Sean Williams, five Sikander Raza, 6 Peter Moor (wk), 7 Malcolm Waller, eight Tarisai Musakanda, nine Graeme Cremer (capt.), 10 Tendai Chatara, 11 Carl Mumba
Andrew Fidel Fernando is ESPNcricinfo’s Sri Lanka correspondent. @andrewffernando
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