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Zimbabwe set for another struggle Sri Lankans bat against Zimbabwe
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Sri Lanka will be confident of nailing down their second win in three days when they take on Zimbabwe in a Champions Trophy qualifier on Tuesday. Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardene chose to bat in Sri Lanka's Champions Trophy qualifier against Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe provided meek opposition to West Indies on Sunday, but Sri Lanka's bowlers were not at their best when beating Bangladesh on Saturday. Jayawardene's men, who won their first game against Bangladesh, will be hoping for batting practice in Ahmedabad.
Zimbabwe captain Prosper Utseya said: "We will try to do the basics right." Zimbabwe were skittled for just 85 by West Indies in their opener and are once again massive underdogs.
Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara said: "The guys will accept that we have to work on the extras we conceded." The Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium traditionally favours batsmen and - despite Zimbabwe's struggles - looked a good batting track on Sunday.
The wicket-keeper and vice-captain was pleased enough with the 37-run win over Sri Lanka.
He said: "It was a solid day's work. I feel my glove work still needs some improving but overall we are very pleased that we won.
"Lasith Malinga was very quick as usual. His first over is the quickest he bowls.
"He simply got better and will get better as he goes on. It was difficult for the fast bowlers and the spinners to control the ball.
"Upul Tharanga played a super knock. It was very satisfying but the guys will look back and accept that we have to work on the extras we conceded."
Utseya's team were bowled out for just 85 on Sunday, West Indies requiring barely 14 overs to knock off the runs.
The slow bowler, top-scorer for his team with 27 in Ahmedabad, said: "The morale does go down.
"We did not apply ourselves. We played too many shots, and the shot selection was poor."
He may have mentioned two dropped catches and two run-outs as further proof that Zimbabwe are nowhere near international standard.