Auckland, January 11, Friday at 11:30 AM IST
With Ross Taylor’s 20th hundred and Henry Nicholls fiery unbeaten 124, New Zealand completely dominated Sri Lanka to register a crushing 115 runs victory in the third and last ODI to clean sweep the visitors by 3-0. Both the sides will now lock horns in the only T20I scheduled to take place at Eden Park, Auckland on Friday. While Sri Lanka would be hoping a win to salvage pride and take something back from the tour, Black Caps would be eyeing for a complete tour wash.
The visitors have remained winless so far in their New Zealand tour. The three-day practice match was drawn, first test match at Wellington ended in a draw, following which New Zealand registered a mammoth 423 runs win in the second test to clinch the test series by 1-0 and have now whitewashed Sri Lanka by 3-0 in the ODIs too.
In the only T20I, hosts will be led by Tim Southee as the regular skipper Kane Willamson has been given rest. Apart from this, New Zealand will also miss the services of Jimmy Neesham who was quite instrumental in the ODI series. The hosts posted three consecutive 300+ scores in the ODI series with Neesham contributing – 47* off 13, 64 of 37 and 12 off 6. However, with Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, M Santner, and Ish Sodhi in their line up, hosts are expected to give another tough competition to Lasith Malinga’s Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka always looked a step behind while chasing 300+ totals in the ODIs and with the change in format, Lasith Malinga led side would be hoping some turnaround. With Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera in their batting line up, all of whom were among the top run-getters for the side, and Seekkuge Prasanna, Lakshan Sandakan, Nuwaan Pradeep, Dushmantha Chameera and Lahiru Kumara in the bowling attack, Sri Lanka has a fair chance to salvage pride.
Both the sides are experiencing a rough patch in the shortest format of the game. Sri Lanka has faced four defeats in the last five encounters while the hosts have been even worse. New Zealand has not managed a single win in last six T20I outings and has only secured one win in last ten T20Is.
Sri Lanka – L, W, L, L, L,
New Zealand – L, L, L, L, L
The Eden Park in Auckland has small boundaries which makes it a perfect T20 venue for the run fest. With a number of big hitters on both the sides, another high scoring affair in the series is certain to take place. However, there’s also a little chance of rain interrupting the game.
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The probable SL vs NZ playing 11 is listed below.
Batsmen- Martin Guptill, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls
All-rounder- Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers-Tim Southee (c), Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Wicketkeeper- Niroshan Dickwella
Batsmen- Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka
All-rounder- Dhananjaya de Silva, Seekkuge Prasanna, Thisara Perera, Asela Gunaratne
Bowlers- Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha
Sri Lanka- Lasith Malinga(c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Kumara, Seekkuge Prasanna, Sadeera Samarawickrama
New Zealand- Tim Southee(c), Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Doug Bracewell, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor
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Fantasy picks from New Zealand-
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor were the run-getters in the ODI series. In 3 innings, Ros Taylor amassed 281 runs, M Guptill collected 171 runs while Colin Munro scored 121 runs and bagged 1 wicket.
With Kane Williamson missing out, all the three will have to share the responsibility.
In bowling, Ish Sodhi & Lockie Ferguson share three wickets each.
Doug Bracewell, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Seth Rance, debutant Scott Kuggeleijn are in contention for the three remaining spots in the bowling line up to assist Tim Southee.
Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka –
Thisara Perera is the leading run scorer for Sri Lanka in the ODI series with 224 runs across his name
Kusal Perera scored a century in the first game and is in fine form.
Wicketkeeper batter Niroshan Dickwella also contributed well with the bat and will be crucial in the T20I. In 3 innings, he scored 131 runs with an average of 43.66.
Don’t’ pick Danushka Gunathilaka. He has encountered a back problem and will miss the game.
In bowling, skipper Malinga, L Sandakan and Nuwaan Pradeep share three wickets each.
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