Cricket match date: 03rd January 2019
Cricket match time: 06:30 am IST
Cricket match location: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Cricket Match format: ODI
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: Lasith Malinga
Cricket Match Preview:
New Zealand and Sri Lanka are going to set the tone for the rest of the year for the other teams. It is going to be a year that will host the 50 over cricket World Cup. Both New Zealand and Sri Lanka will be looking at this ODI series as preparation ground for the upcoming World Cup. These three cricket games are going to help both sides to decide their combinations and players that they are going to take to the World Cup.
The last time these two sides played each other in an ODI cricket game was in 2016, when these two sides played in a five-match ODI series. New Zealand won the cricket series by a margin of 3-1. It was in this venue that these two sides clashed with each other in ODI cricket game. This tells us about how infrequently these two sides have played each other. It is one of those things that ICC needs to keep in mind.
New Zealand came back from a long sabbatical to play the series against Pakistan in UAE. The three-match cricket ODI series was drawn level with both sides winning one cricket game each. They will be looking to build on to that series and play to their potential at home against Sri Lanka. In order to repeat their feat in the 2015 World Cup, where they finished as a finalist, they will have to once again be at their best.
Sri Lanka have had a torrid time in the last few months. Even in the home series against England, they struggled and lost the cricket series by 3-1. They also had a bad time in the previous World Cup. If they have to improve their performance, they will have to do it soon. This series is going to provide them with ample opportunities to settle on a combination and to identify the right players for the World Cup.
Cricket Match Information:
New Zealand and Sri Lanka will clash with each other in the first cricket ODI of the year. It is going to be first but not the only important one as it is going to be the year when the 50 over Cricket World Cup is going to be scheduled. From now onwards, each and every ODI will be of utmost importance for every cricket team.
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
New Zealand played a drawn series against Pakistan. They will be led by Kane Williamson in this cricket series. Our prediction is of the same playing eleven that played in their last cricket game.
Here is our prediction of New Zealand’s playing XI:
- GH Worker
- Tom Latham
- Kane Williamson
- Ross Taylor
- Henry Nicholls
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Colin Munro
- Tim Southee
- BJ Watling
- Trent Boult
- L Ferguson
Probable XI (Our Prediction):
Sri Lanka had a demoralizing loss against England at home. They will be looking to improve on that performance vastly. 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:
- S Samarawickrama
- NLTC Perera
- Dinesh Chandimal
- Kusal Mendis
- MD Shanaka
- DM de Silva
- Niroshan Dickwella
- RAS Lakmal
- Dilruwan Perera
- CAK Rajitha
- PVD Chameera
Cricket Statistics and Prediction:
Lokie Ferguson was the man of the match the last time New Zealand played the ODI cricket match. Our prediction is of a good performance from him once again.
Cricket Match Conditions and Pitch:
The last time these two sides met at this cricket ground, New Zealand won the cricket match by 36 runs. New Zealand scored 294 runs in that cricket game. Our prediction is of a score of over 300 runs in this cricket game. Conditions are expected to be dry.
New Zealand will begin this game of cricket as favourites. They are the home side and they know the conditions better than anyone. Sri Lanka’s struggle also makes it tough for them to compete against New Zealand. Hence, our prediction is of New Zealand’s victory.
Top Batsman (Prediction):
Kane Williamson (NZ) – 50+ runs
Top Bowler (Prediction):
L Ferguson (NZ) – 4 or more wickets
Most Sixes (Prediction):
Colin de Grandhomme (NZ)
New Zealand – 1.24
Sri Lanka – 3.45
*odds may change anytime