Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - ICC Cricket World Cup - New Zealand v Sri Lanka

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - ICC Cricket World Cup - New Zealand v Sri Lanka
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As Sri Lanka face the New Zealand hurdle in the third match of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, it would be crucial for the Lankans to start on a positive note, otherwise their World Cup campaign can turn out to be forgettable really quickly.

Sri Lanka are going through one of the worst phases in their cricketing history. They are coming on the back of whitewashes against South Africa and New Zealand. After winning one match against Scotland, they suffered defeats in both their practice matches. The team only managed 251 in their first warm-up game, after South Africa posted 338 on the board. In the second game, they skittled out for 239 and conceded a five-wicket defeat to Australia.

New Zealand, on the other hand, came up with far better returns. Discounting their 4-1 loss to India, the team has been doing quite well. They easily won their first match against India, but fell prey to some special batting from West Indies in their second warm-up match and lost the game by a big 91-run margin, after Windies posted 421 runs on the board.

Out of the 90 matches that both teams have played against each other, New Zealand have won 48, while Sri Lanka have won 41. However, that is more a reflection of the past.

In the last series that was played between two teams, New Zealand made easy work of it, winning 3 -0, owing to Ross Taylor who slammed one century and two half-centuries.

Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.

New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi

Sri Lanka - Kusal Perera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep, Suranga Lakmal

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win? – New Zealand

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dimuth Karunaratne (Sri Lanka), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Trent Boult (New Zealand)

Most sixes – Kusal Mendis (Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)

Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 270+, New Zealand 320+

*NB these predictions may be changed nearer the start of the match once the final starting teams have been announced and check out our ICC Cricket World Cup Live ‘In–Play’ feature

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