Today match Prediction of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Match cricket Prediction, Toss Prediction, Who will Win, Pitch Report, weather report etc of world Cup 2019.
New zealand vs Sri lanka Match Prediction: Today Match Prediction
NZ vs SL ICC World Cup Match Prediction Today – Match 3, 2019
ICC World Cup 2019, London: After the magnificent start to the world cup, last edition finalists New Zeland takes on mighty Sri Lanka to start their world cup campaign at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, on Saturday.
On the other hand , the newly appointed captain Dimuth Karunratne will be desperately looking for a positive start at the world cup. Most of the Sri Lankan players were under severe pressure after spending few difficult months.
As we all know, following their 5-0 whitewash against South Africa, Sri Lankan Board terminated Malinga as captain and appointed Karunratne to lead the team at World cup.
On front note, The Kiwis have never won a World Cup while Islanders lifted the trophy in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga’s captaincy. New Zealand’s recent ODI performance was good when compared to Sri Lanka.
New Zealand Team Updates :
New Zealand’s ODI team has remained same as it was in 2015. Top order batsman Kane Williamson has replaced McCullum as captain that finished as runners-up in the 2015 edition.
New Zealand who were ranked fourth in the ICC ODI rankings, registered a six -wicket win over India in recently concluded warm -up match. But they eventually fall flat to the West indies team who thrashed Kiwis with a margin of 91 runs.
Since last edition world cup, Kiwis improved a lot in the rankings but also eventually beaten by top teams like India and South Africa at home.
Sri Lanka Team Updates :
On the other hand, Ninth-ranked Sri Lankan team suffered embarassing losses at the hands of Australia and South Africa.
As a result, Sri Lankan board axed Malinga from the captaincy and appointed karunaratne to lead the team at the world cup.
The Sri Lankan batting will be led by Karunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Matthews, and Lahiru Thirimanne. There is a lot of experience in the bowling unit with the likes of Malinga, Thisara Perrera, Angelo Mathews and Suranga Lakmal.
According to weather forecast here at Cardiff, there will be a small amount of clouds cover. And the good news is that there will be no rainfall with temperature might be rising to 20 degree celsius.
The pitch at the Sophia Gardens is very flat. Even in the warm-up matches, many teams have easily scored 300 plus . It will leave a big advantage to both teams batsman.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka toss prediction:
As it was a flat and no-swing pitch, the team who wins the toss may likely elect to chase the score.
New Zealand Team news :
New Zealand wicket -keeper Tom latham missed two warm-up games due to finger injury ahead of it’s world cup campaign. But it is reported that he was declared fit to play against Sri Lanka.
New Zealand possible XI :
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner.
Sri Lanka Team News:
Fast bowler Lasith Malinga does not seem to gain full fitness to be able to play the entire World Cup 2019. His experience brings an expensive change to his side.
Sri Lanka possible XI :
Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Head to Head:
New zealand vs Sri lanka
New Zealand won: 48
Sri Lanka won: 41
No result: 8
World Cup head to head:
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
New Zealand won: 4
Sri Lanka won: 6
No result: 0
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka match prediction:
New Zealand had some good performances in previous series against Bangladesh and Afghanistan. On the other hand , the Sri Lankans suffered humiliated defeats at the hands of Australia and England. Both teams would be keen to start the world cup campaign with a solid win.
After looking at the world cup stats, it will definitely please the sri Lankans but the things are not same as they seem before. They might start this tournament as underdogs but have the potential to perform well to disappoint their rivals.