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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 3rd T20 Predictions & Tips - Ervine can inspire Zimbabwe victory

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  • Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe predictions for Thursday’s T20I cricket match
  • Mathews has been in superb form over his last 2 innings
  • Can Zimbabwe claim an away series win?
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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Predictions


The series is level at 1-1 with one to play. Both sides have won games they probably should have lost, which makes for an intriguing final game. I reckon there is value in backing Zimbabwe to cause an upset.
  • Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe Predictions
  • Head to Head
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News
  • Zimbabwe Form
  • Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News

  • Sri Lanka have won 4 of their last 5 T20I matches against Zimbabwe.
  • Sri Lanka’s Angelo Mathews has scored 46 & 66* runs in his last 2 matches.
  • Zimbabwe’s Craig Ervine scored 70 runs in his last match.

Head to Head


Sri Lanka have won four of their last five T20I against Zimbabwe. However, Zimbabwe won the last game to level the current series at 1-1.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka won the first match of the series to take a 1-0 lead and would have fancied themselves in the second game. However, the visitors upset the odds to claim a four-wicket win.

Batting first, Sri Lanka started poorly as they were 27-4 after five overs. Charith Asalanka and Angelo Mathews came to the rescue with a 118-run partnership with Asalanka top scoring with 69 runs and Mathews adding 66 in a total of 173.

The bowlers however couldn’t defend a total they probably should have as Zimbabwe went on to score the winning runs off the penultimate delivery of the match.

Sri Lanka Injuries & Team News


Sri Lanka may look to make a couple changes if a bid to secure the series win in the decider.

Zimbabwe Form


Zimbabwe came within a whisker of winning the first T20I of the series. Despite suffering that narrow defeat, they bounced back to win the second match and give themselves a shot at an away series win.

In the 2nd T20I, Zimbabwe bowled brilliantly up front. They did lose a bit of control through the middle overs which allowed the hosts to score 173, a par score for the wicket.

Craig Ervine lead the charge with the bat, scoring 70 off 54 balls at the top of the order. While it very much looked like the hosts were going to claim the series later on, Luke Jongwe (25 off 12 balls) and Clive Madande (15 off 5 balls) ensured Zimbabwe chased the score with a ball to spare.

Zimbabwe Injuries & Team News


Zimbabwe put up a good fight in the first T20 so they should remain unchanged.

Verdict

I am backing Zimbabwe to win the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka with Craig Ervine set to top score again.

For the hosts I am looking no further than Angelo Mathews after batting superbly in this series.

Best Bet1: Zimbabwe Win Result @6/4 at bet365 - 3 Units
Best Bet2: Craig Ervine Best Zimbabwe Batsman @5/2 at bet365 - 1 Unit
Best Bet3: Angelo Mathews Best Sri Lanka Batsman @7/2 at bet365 - 1 Unit
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