Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction- New Zealand v Sri Lanka 1st ODI
New Zealand were expected to absolutely demolish Sri Lanka in the Test series in familiar conditions but that did not quite happen.
Although the Lankans lost 1-0, they went down fighting and exceeded expectations. Given that they have not won an ODI series in a long time, there would be a lot of pressure on the newly appointed skipper Lasith Malinga to turn things around. Apart from being the captain, Malinga has found some fitness of late and looked in good bowling rhythm against England at home.
The team will miss the services of Angelo Mathews who was injured in the second Test and had anyways been removed from the captaincy and the ODI squad by the Sri Lankan cricket board.
With Akila Dhananjaya, who had been their X-factor till now, having been suspended by the ICC for illegal bowling action, Thisara Perera and Dushmantha Chameera will have to shoulder the responsibility of the bowling along with Malinga.
As for New Zealand, opener Martin Guptill will be back after an injury and will start the proceedings along with Colin Munro. Guptill has already showed some form in the Super Smash and would be a big boost for New Zealand.
The openers will be followed by Kane Williamson at number three. They also have the experience of Ross Taylor in the middle order. All-rounder Colin de Grandhomme has been replaced with Jimmy Neesham while spinner Ajaz Patel will make way for leggie Ish Sodi.
This should not come as a surprise at all then that New Zealand would be firm favorites to win in their home conditions.
Let's have a look at the probable playing XI of both teams.
New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, BJ Watling, Jimmy Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Sri Lanka- Niroshan Dickwella, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Dinesh Chandimal, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Lakshan Sandakan, Kasun Rajitha, Dushmantha Chameera
Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) –Dinesh Chandimal (Sri Lanka), Kane Williamson (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Trent Boult (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Team Scores Batting First – Sri Lanka 230+, New Zealand 300+
*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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