Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, September 1st at 07:00 PM IST
After a fairly competitive Test series, both New Zealand and Sri Lanka will now prepare for the shortest and most exciting format of Cricket i.e the T20I.
The three-match series will commence from September 01st and all the three games will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
Keeping in mind the T2o World Cup next year which will take place in Australia, both teams will look for their best possible combinations and start preparing for the mega event. Every T20I series till the World Cup arrives would be contested in great spirits.
New Zealand won- 08
Sri Lanka won- 07
An evening start could be a boon and a curse at the same time. Cloud cover is expected and some drizzle as well. Batting first would be handy as DLS Method could make its appearance.
263/3 (20 Ov) by AUS vs SL
116/10 (18 Ov) by SL vs IND
178/2 (18.4 Ov) by PAK vs BAN
157/9 (20 Ov) by SL vs AUS
Sri Lanka Team News
New Zealand Team News
Lasith Malinga (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Wanidu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Menids, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Madhushanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya.
Tim Southee (c), Tom Bruce, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhome, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Todd Astle, Seth Rance.
Sri Lanka Playing 11-
Kusal Perera, Kusal Menids, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha Lasith Malinga (Doubt: Akila Dananjaya)
New Zealand Playing 11-
Colin Munro, Martin Guptill, Tim Southee, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleijn, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka-
Kusal Perera at the top order is a very devastating batsman. He has 96 runs against this opponent from 3 T20I innings. He has got two 50+ scores in his last 5 T20I innings.
Niroshan Dickwella is another dynamic batsman in the side who can be intimidating with his unorthodox batting style. in 18 T20Is he has scored 328 runs.
Danushka Gunathilaka is expected to open the innings. From 2 T20I innings against this opposition, he has scored 54 runs at a healthy strike-rate of 154.29.
In a short span of time Isuru Udana has become an integral part of the T20I set-up. From 13 innings he has scored 173 runs which include 84* as the highest score. He has also taken 17 scalps from 21 matches.
Lasith Malinga has scalped 13 wickets from 12 matches against this opposition.
Fantasy picks from New Zealand-
Ross Taylor is the only experienced player in this set-up for the Blackcaps. He has 294 runs from 14 innings against this opposition in T20Is with a highest score of 62.
Opener Martin Guptill remains a threat at the top order along with his partner in crime Colin Munro who has 3 T20I centuries to his name.
Guptill has played 10 T20I innings against this opposition and has mustered 298 runs at a strike rate of 139.25.
Colin de Grandhomme is famous for his fireworks batting down the order. He displayed a glimpse of his mettle in the second Test and would be looking to elaborate that effort here.
Tim Southee the stand-in skipper and Lockie Ferguson will be leading the pace attack for the visitors.
From 58 matches, Southee has claimed 67 wickets, whereas, Lockie has 10 scalps to his name from 5 matches.
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