Sunday, 10 November 2013

Srilanka vs NewZealand 1st ODI match Preview and Prediction

By on 08:50

New Zealand is playing its first One day International game against Sri Lanka at Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium, Sooriyawewa, Hambantota on 10th November 2013. The match is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am GMT.

New Zealand has to encounter three matches against Sri Lanka where they have been sent to the Island with low strength. Compared to sophisticated Sri Lanka squad, New Zealand is looking pretty down with the absence of Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. 

New Zealand recently have lost the series to Bangladesh and this tour is of great opportunity for youngsters of the New Zealand side to prove their existence in the NZ squad. On the paper Sri Lanka seems to be stronger but strategically NZ are also a better side if their young talents bursts to their potential in the game. Players like James Neesham, Colin Munro, Cory Anderson, Adam Milne and Anton Devich all have the capability to take the game away from the hosts. The players are experts in T20 format and well adopt according to the situations in the game.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka is very happier to play cricket on their home and willing to win the series in style. They have not played any game since they toured South Africa in August.

Key Player: 

Sri Lanka: Mahela Jayawardane is the main player of Sri Lanka as he is in tremendous form. He hit 84 and 967 in the two warm up games earlier with the average of   34:00 in 18 games in 2013. As usual, he is expected to perform brilliantly in the whole series.

New Zealand: Corey Anderson being a surprise package in the young New Zealand squad is very impressive in his performance. The young talent from NZ played just 4 matches and surprised everyone with his batting and bowling in many occasions. He hit 46 runs in the debut match and took 4 wickets for 40 in the second game.He'll be very handful for this game for his all-round performance.

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