Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI Betting Tips 18/01/2022

January 17, 2022
Zohaib Ahmed
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Sri Lanka vs Zimbabwe 2nd ODI Betting Tips 18/01/2022

Zohaib Ahmed, Senior Author

The 2nd ODI between Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe will be played on Jan 18 (Tuesday) at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium. The match is to begin at 2:30 pm IST.

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Zimbabwe did pretty well in the opening ODI and should be proud of their display, even if the game ended in a defeat for them.

To score 296-9 in Sri Lanka where big scores are not the norm was pretty impressive. The 80-run stand for the opening wicket between debutant Takudzwanashe Kaitano (42) and Regis Chakabva (72) laid the foundation for a big total and Sean Williams capitalized on it later with a brilliant 100.

Such was their batting brilliance at times that Sri Lankan captain Dasun Shanaka was forced to use eight bowlers.

The African minnows’ lower order did not do much but we’re only nitpicking now.

The improvement they should want going forward should be their bowling, which did not get much joy, and saw their total breach nine balls earlier. Only Richard Ngarava made things happen, evident in his three-wicket haul.

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Sri Lanka did appear a bit surprised with the comfort with which Zimbabwe batters, especially their openers, batted but then the Pallekele wicket had little help for their spin aces.

Pacers did get a bit of help but then it was nothing the batters couldn’t handle. And that is what the Lankan batters did too when it was their turn to bat.

Pathum Nissanka (71) scored his maiden ODI fifty and the pairing of Dinesh Chandimal (75) and Charith Asalanka (71) did the heavy lifting in the middle orders to help their side close to the target. Dasun Shanaka and Chamika Karunaratne eventually got their team home.

The second ODI is on the same venue as the first, meaning we should again expect seamers to get some help but the batters to have the last say. That calculation will, of course, change if the ground staff unveils a new deck completely different in nature to the one of the series opener.

What Do the Sportsbooks Say?

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Sri Lanka are the favourites for this fixture. Parimatch has Sri Lanka priced at 1.16 and Zimbabwe at 5.10. Paripesa has Sri Lanka available for 1.184 and Zimbabwe for 5.05. Lastly, Sportsbet has Sri Lanka priced at 1.17 and Zimbabwe at 5.20.

Tipster’s Angle

Tip: Wessley Madhevere to score more than 20.5 runs @ 1.87

Whoever has seen Wessley Madhevere bat over the past 12 months has unanimously agreed that the boy has talent. The 21-year-old’s ODI average of 29.16 might not say it but he bats with a level of comfort that is unheard of for players of his age coming out of Zimbabwe. He scored 20 off 25 in the opening ODI so before falling to Chamika Karunaratne. We’re now backing him to get some more runs, although for our purpose just one more than what he managed in the last game will be enough. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.

Tip: Zimbabwe total before falling of the first wicket Under 21.5 @ 1.87

Zimbabwe openers batted well in the first ODI but truth be told they punched above their weight. Their confidence could now lead them to make an early mistake, which is why we think there is scope in this bet. The odds have been sourced from Parimatch.


Zimbabwe played well in the opening ODI but we’re still not convinced that they have enough to pose any significant threat to the home side. Sri Lanka should win again.

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