This is the first match of Sri Lanka in the tri-nation series. Meanwhile Zimbabwe was defeated in the hands of host Bangladesh in their first match by a big margin of 8 wickets on 15 January.
In the last encountered limited over series between Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe thrashed the island nation at home claiming a series win.
The pale looking Lankans have been gone through drastic changes in the midst to rejuvenate team performance.
Chandika Hathurusingha, who abruptly resigned from Bangladesh’s head coach responsibility immediately joined with Sri Lanka; this is, however, the first assignment of Sri Lankan borne Aussie coach.
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Zimbabwe (Playing XI): Hamilton Masakadza, Solomon Mire, Peter Moor, Brendan Taylor(w), Craig Ervine, Sikandar Raza, Malcolm Waller, Graeme Cremer(c), Kyle Jarvis, Tendai Chatara, Blessing Muzarabani
Sri Lanka (Playing XI): Upul Tharanga, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal(w), Angelo Mathews(c), Kusal Mendis, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Wanidu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera
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Team Tigers unleashed and steam rolled clueless Zimbabweans in the inaugural match of the Rocket tri-nation series at SBNCS by a huge margin of 8 wickets. It was an expected cake walk for Bangladesh in consideration of ICC rating and ranking. But the manner in which Mashrafe squad played despite of Head Coach Hathurusingha resigned unnoticed following disastrous South Africa tour gave a message to whom it matters.]