In Match 3 of ICC World Cup 2019, Kane Williamson’s New Zealand will face Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday. The Black Caps reached the final four years ago for the first time after six semi-final defeats, but were defeated by Australia in Melbourne. Newly appointed captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who has returned to ODIs after four years, has been handed the responsibility of lifting a team that have lost eight of their past nine ODIs. Kane Williamson has replaced the swashbuckling Brendon McCullum as captain but the core of the team that came so close in 2015 remains. Since the last World Cup, New Zealand have risen as high as second in the world rankings but have also been beaten at home by South Africa, England and India.
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Who Will Win Today’s Cricket Match of New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 3rd March
Ross Taylor from New Zealand is one player who cannot be taken lightly, especially when it comes to ODIs. He made his debut in 2006 and seems to be playing just as well even today. In fact, he is one of the best ODI batsmen we have today. The same can be said for Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. As far as Sri Lanka is concerned, Angelo Mathews is one to watch out for.
In terms of the ODI standings, New Zealand is on the 4th spot while Sri Lanka is on the 9th. Sri Lanka last won the World Cup in 1996; however, New Zealand has not won the cup yet. Looking at the recent matches, New Zealand has been doing well in the ODIs. After all, the world cup is the biggest championship in the game, and no team can afford to take things lightly.
Preview For New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Match
Sri Lanka Cricket Team Squad Preview
Sri Lanka started their ODI journey this year in New Zealand. The result was a 0-3 whitewash. Sri Lanka then had a new captain in Lasith Malinga, hoping for resurrection. Nothing of that sort happened. They lost 0-5 in South Africa, forcing the selectors to look for a new captain. They thought Dimuth Karunaratne, who has not played ODI cricket since the 2015 World Cup, would be the right candidate. Fans and experts rubbished the decision, but only time will tell whether Karunaratne can quash the critics and pull off the unlikely.
New Zealand Cricket Team Squad Preview
There are no questions that New Zealand are favourites to win this contest, but the pressure of playing a World Cup may cloud your focus. If Sri Lanka go all guns blazing, we might see the improbable making headlines.
New Zealand had contradictory results in the warm-up matches. They first rocked India with pace and swing, thanks to Trent Boult’s four-wicket haul. And then, West Indies reduced them to nothingness and smashed 421 runs. This shows that the New Zealand bowlers lose shape if the conditions do not favour them.
Pitch Report For New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 3rd March
The warm-up game between India and Bangladesh saw a high-scoring encounter with KL Rahul and MS Dhoni smashing hundreds against a clueless Bangladesh bowling attack. Another such track is expected on Saturday with a hint of turn on offer for the spinners in the middle phase of either innings.
Squads for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 3rd March
Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana and Jeffrey Vandersay
NZ vs SL Toss Prediction
With dew around, the 10:30 matches are likely to see a lot of teams bowling first – even with Sophia Gardens offering plenty for the batsmen. Sri Lanka won the toss in both of their warm-up matches and could elect to field first if they win the toss again.
NZ vs SL Winner Prediction
- New Zealand is the 4th ranked ODI side in the world while Sri Lanka is 9th
- Sri Lanka’s recent ODI record has been very poor and its bowling is quite ordinary
- New Zealand has more experience, more power in its batting, and a much better bowling attack