Zimbabwe looking for Historical Win...!

Giant-killers Zimbabwe will hope to cap their fairytale campaign with yet another stunning display, while revenge will be high on Sri Lanka's agenda in the final of the cricket tri-series to be played on Wednesday, 11th June.

Even though both India and Sri Lanka sent second-string squads for the low-profile tournament, few expected Zimbabwe to emerge as the table-topper with 13 points in their kitty.

The minnows twice beat India and both were comprehensive victories. Then, to prove it was no fluke, they thumped Sri Lanka in the final league match, which was a dead rubber, as well to finish their league campaign with three victories from four outings.

The key to their fortune has been Brendan Taylor's sensational form that has already earned the opener three Man of the Match awards.

In Taylor, Zimbabwe have got a batsman who have the skill and the temperament to see them through.

Hamilton Masakadza, Chamu Chibhabha, Tatenda Taibu and Charles Coventry are no duds with the bat either, and they would put their best foot forward tomorrow to lift the title they have come so close to.

Their bowling has been a revelation as well, especially their battery of spin bowlers. The likes of Ray Price, Prosper Utseya and Graeme Cremer have not only been accurate but also aggressive and the spirited support they have got from the fielders has made them all the more lethal.

Sri Lanka had threatened to run away with the game in the final league match when Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga added 122 runs in 20-odd overs. Utseya's double strike then unhinged the Lankans, and the Zimbabwean eventually bowled them out for 236 inside 48 overs.

Sri Lanka, however, would do everything to prevent a repeat of that. Skipper Dilshan will particularly expect Dinesh Chandimal, who scored his maiden ODI century against India the other day, to come good and underline his talent with another significant knock.

In the bowling department, onus would be on Thilan Thushara and Dilhara Fernando to provide the early breakthrough and remove Taylor at the earliest.

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