Cricket match date: 11th January 2019
Cricket match time: 11:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Eden Park, Auckland
Cricket Match format: T20
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018/19
Team A: New Zealand
Team B: Sri Lanka
Team A Captain: Kane Williamson
Team B Captain: NLTC Perera
Cricket Match Preview:
With the current focus of all the sides on the upcoming cricket World Cup, the scheduling of one-off T20 does not make sense. However, it presents an opportunity for the sides to have fun and play without much pressure. Amidst this fun, Sri Lanka will be hoping to pull up the scattered pieces and play their most complete cricket game of the tour. New Zealand, on the other hand, are now waiting for India to arrive but before that, they would like to send their guests empty-handed.
Sri Lanka have three different captains for three different cricket formats. As a result, Thisara Perera will be leading their T20 cricket team. He has been their best batsman by a mile in ODI series and would like to have the right result for once with him. New Zealand will continue to be led by Kane Williamson and he would like to leave the disappointment of UAE T20 series against Pakistan behind. In that cricket series, New Zealand made a comeback after a big break and were whitewashed by a very good Pakistan side in a three-game series.
Sri Lanka are not just able to produce a performance that enables them to achieve success as a group. Players like Thisara Perera showed some sensational cricket performance in the ODI cricket series, but individual performances seldom win you the game of cricket let alone in a series. Somehow, they will have to find a way to win the cricket games because otherwise, their participation in the upcoming cricket World Cup will remain just that, a participation.
New Zealand would like to experiment slightly in this one-off T20 cricket game and empower their players to play without any pressure and to express themselves. Colin Munro, who had an average series against Sri Lanka in ODI, would like to excel in their most loved format. New Zealand side has not been announced yet but it is expected that players like Lockie Ferguson will be given the chance in this one-off T20 cricket game.
Cricket Match Information:
After winning the two-match Test series and three-match cricket ODI cricket series comprehensively, New Zealand will now play Sri Lanka in one-off T20 International cricket game. Sri Lanka will look to win this cricket game and finish the tour with something to show. On the other hand, New Zealand will like to send the Sri Lankans empty-handed.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand have already won the Test and ODI cricket series. They will be led by Kane Williamson in this cricket series. Our prediction is of the inclusion of players like Lockie Ferguson and Martin Guptill in the playing eleven for this cricket game.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- Martin Guptill
- TL Seifert
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Colin Munro
- Tim Southee
- Ish Sodhi
- L Ferguson
- Matt Henry
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Sri Lanka had a demoralizing loss against England at home in their last T20 cricket game. Now despite playing well, they have lost the ODI cricket series. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven as their last cricket game in Sri Lanka.
Here is our prediction of Sri Lanka’s playing XI:
- DM de Silva
- NLTC Perera
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Kusal Mendis
- Kusal Perera
- D Gunathalika
- Niroshan Dickwella
- S Prasanna
- Lasith Malinga
- N Pradeep
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Colin Munro will be our man to watch out for in this game of cricket. He has made a name for himself in various T20 cricket premier leagues. Our prediction is of a scintillating knock from him in this game of cricket.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last time an international cricket game played here was between New Zealand and Australia. In that cricket game, Australia emerged as the winner. New Zealand on batting first in that cricket game scored 150 runs. Our prediction is of a score in excess of 180 in this game of cricket. Conditions are expected to be dry.
New Zealand will begin this game of cricket as favourites again. They are the home side and know the conditions better than anyone. Sri Lanka’s recent struggle also makes it tough for them to compete against New Zealand. Hence, our prediction is of a New Zealand victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Colin Munro (NZ) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
L Ferguson (NZ) – 4 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Colin Munro (NZ)
New Zealand – 1.40
Sri Lanka – 2.60
*odds may change anytime