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Sri Lanka v Zimbabwe 2011 Cricket World Cup: Live Streaming and Match Preview

Sri Lanka victory will guarantee progression to the quarter-finals whilst defeat for Zimbabwe and they can nearly book their flights home.

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Start time: 09.00

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Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

Toss has always been crucial in Sri Lanka and the team batting first will have a clear advantage – just ask New Zealand.

The wicket is expected to be soft, playing into the hands of both side’s spin-heavy attack.

Team News

Sri Lanka: Upul Tharanga, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (capt & wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Angelo Mathews, Rangana Herath, Muttiah Muralitharan, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis.

Orthodox spinner Rangana Herath will keep his spot ahead of right-arm paceman Nuwan Kulasekara.

Zimbabwe: Brendan Taylor, Charles Coventry, Tatenda Taibu (wkt), Craig Ervine, Elton Chigumbura (capt), Regis Chakabva, Greg Lamb, Prosper Utseya, Graeme Cremer, Ray Price, Chris Mpofu.

Chris Mpofu may come in for Tinashe Panyangara, who disappointed against New Zealand.

Prediction

Sri Lanka will be keen to make up for lost time after the abandoned match against Australia.

In a bid to guarantee a favourable draw in the knock-out stages, they will be aiming for nothing less than two victories from their final matches against Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Zimbabwe have at least some points on the board with a victory over Canada.

They have a winnable match against Kenya to come but, barring an almighty upset against Pakistan, are unlikely to squeeze through the group stages.

It would be a major surprise for Zimbabwe to win.

Key Men

Kumar Sangakkara – If the 33-year-old left-hander picks up where he left off after his 74 not out against Australia, it may prove extremely damaging for Zimbabwe.

Ray Price – The entire Zimbabwe attack must improve to avoid another embarrassment against Sri Lanka and Price will be expected to lead by example.

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