After receiving a thrashing in the Test series and ODI series, Sri Lanka would look to win the only T20I to end their tour on a positive note.
In the limited overs leg, the Sri Lankan bowling has not been able to crack the code of restricting the Kiwi batsmen. The best thing about New Zealand has been that most of their players have chipped in and it has been a true team effort.
While Guptill hit a century in the first match, Colin Munro contributed in the second match and Ross Taylor took the team to a mammoth total in third game. The team will miss the services of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham who had been excellent in ODIs but will miss out due to a hamstring injury.
Sri Lanka would be led by Lasith Malinga as they have named the same set of players for both the ODIs and T20I. However, they would look to make some radical changes in the final XI to bring some fresh energy into the group.
Opener Niroshan Dickwella would be key for their batting line up as he is quite unconventional and can upset the line and length of the Kiwi bowlers first up with his unpredictable shot making.
New Zealand have added spinner Mitchell Santner to their squad who is making a comeback after a knee injury. He has bowled decently in a couple of matches that he has played in the Super Smash and would be looking forward to stake a claim for a place in New Zealand's World Cup squad.
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Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Siefert, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn
Sri Lanka- Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Lasith Malinga, Dushmantah Chameera
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Ish Sodhi (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 155+, New Zealand 170+
*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and we will be running ‘In–Play’ features soon, so stay tuned.
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