Maunganui, January 03 Thursday at 03:30 AM IST
After clinching the two-match test series with a thumping 423 runs win in the last game, hosts New Zealand eye on World Cup preparations as they host Sri Lanka for three one-dayers starting from January 03.
With the World Cup 2019 scheduled to begin from May 30, both the sides will be beginning the final round of preparations with the first of three ODIs in Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Thursday. The hosts were one of the finalists in the previous edition and would be looking to find the perfect combination as soon as possible.
New Zealand has given a return call to ODI specialists Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Martin Guptill and Jimmy Neesham while their spin bowling all-rounder M Santner still misses out from the released squad. Kane Williamson will be leading the side while Ross Taylor will be assisting him with his experience.
In the bowling attack, hosts will be looking towards Tim Southee and Trent Boult with the new-ball while Doug Bracewell, Ferguson and Ish Sodhi will have to take care in the middle overs.
The visitors will be led by Lasith Malinga who has replaced Dinesh Chandimal while Angelo Mathews is missing out due to an injury. Sri Lanka looks a well-balanced team with a perfect miss of young and experienced players and it will be interesting to watch how they conduct themselves. They have Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera and Kusal Perera in their batting ranks while Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep and Kasun Rajitha will form the bowling attack along with skipper Lasith Malinga.
Sri Lanka faced a 3-1 drubbing against England in their last ODI series when England visited them last year and would be hoping to start the year on high.
Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui is expected to be a good batting track with consistent bounce. The hosts have featured in four ODIs here and have managed just one win so far. So, it’s going to be an interesting affair.
The probable SL vs NZ playing 11 is listed below.
Wicketkeeper- N Dickwella
Batsmen- D Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera
All-rounder- Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera
Bowlers- Lasith Malinga (c), Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara, D Chameera/K Rajitha
Wicketkeeper- Tim Siefert
Batsmen- Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, K Williamson (c), H Nicholls
All-rounder- Colin Munro
Bowlers- T Boult, T Southee, I Sodhi, L Ferguson/D Bracewell
Sri Lanka- Lasith Malinga (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Niroshan Dickwella, Seekkuge Prasanna, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Kusal Perera, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand- Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, James Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Colin Munro, Tim Southee
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Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka
Niroshan Dickwella has been in fine form for the visitors for some time.
Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Perera and Kusal Mendis will be the other key batters for Sri Lanka
Thisara Perera and D de Silva will be crucial for their contributions with both bat and ball
Skipper Lasith Malinga, Lahiru Kumara and Nuwan Pradeep will be the key. Malinga has made a good comeback and is bowling really well.
Fantasy picks from New Zealand
Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, M Guptill and R Taylor will be perfect picks in batting for the hosts. Williamson has been in tremendous form in the test series and is scoring runs consistently.
Colin Munro will be right pick in all-rounders. He might open the innings with M Guptill and can take off any bowler on his day.
In bowling, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be responsible for providing an early breakthrough with the new ball. Ish Sodhi will be essential in middle overs with his turns.
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