Sri Lanka’s tour of New Zealand concludes with a one off T20 International in Auckland on Friday, a last chance for the visitors to claim any sort of success after losing the test series and the ODI’s.
New Zealand won the 2 match test series 1-0 at the start of this tour and they followed up with a 3-0 clean sweep in the 50 over format last week.
Let’s begin with a look at the T20 squads and Tim Southee with Kane Williamson have been rested by New Zealand.
New Zealand Squad: Tim Southee (c), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.
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, Sadeera Samarawickrama
Considering they have some very powerful hitters New Zealand have had a poor run in T20’s over the last 12 months. In October they went down 3-0 to Pakistan in the UAE and after starting2018 with 2 wins, they went on to lose 9 of their next 10 T20 contests.
Sri Lanka’s last involvement in this format came at home to England in October and they lost a one off contest staged in Colombo by 30 runs.
Head to Head
Overall the teams have met 15 times with New Zealand winning 7, Sri Lanka 6 with 1 tie and 1 no result.
The most recent meetings came in January 2016 and New Zealand won both matches in a home series.
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New Zealand 9/20
Sri Lanka 18/10
Note: Prices correct at the time of posting but are subject to change
Suggested Bet: Total Runs In Match over 340.5 at 17/20
The batsmen should play with freedom in this one off contest and we could well see a high scoring game.