The first of three One Day Internationals between New Zealand and Sri Lanka takes place at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Thursday and the Black Caps start as short price favourites.
New Zealand won the test series between the teams 1-0, drawing the first and then dishing out a 423 run hiding in the second match last week. We now have 3 ODI’s with the first 2 staged at Bay Oval and the final match takes place in Auckland.
Let’s begin with a look at the squads.
New Zealand Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Tim Selfert
Sri Lanka Squad: Lasith Malinga(c), Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera,Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera,Dasun Shanaka, Lakshan Sandakan, Seekkuge Prasanna, Dushmantha Chameera, Kasun Rajitha, Nuwan Pradeep, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand recently drew 1-1 with Pakistan in the UAE with no result possible in what would have been the decider. Their last action on home soil came in February / March this year when they lost a thrilling series at home to England 3-2.
Sri Lanka were beaten 3-1 at home by England in October. Prior to that they were a big disappointment in the Asia Cup and they also lost 3-2 at home to South Africa, going down in the first 3 matches of that series before finding some form late on.
Recent Head to Head
Overall the teams have met 95 times with New Zealand winning 45, Sri Lanka 41 with 1 tie and 8 no results.
On New Zealand soil 40 matches have seen the Black Caps win 25 and Sri Lanka 12 with 3 no results.
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New Zealand 4/10
Sri Lanka 2/1
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Suggested Bet: Pre Match Handicap, New Zealand -4.5 Wkts / -25.5 Runs at 17/20
This looks a strong New Zealand side and with home advantage we side with them to make a winning start, covering the handicap in the process.