Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v New Zealand 1st T20I
The 1st T20I of the thre-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.
After the Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a tie, it is now time for the T20Is. The Kiwis have rested a couple of key players for the series, with both Kane Williamson and Trent Boult not taking part.
Pacer Tim Southee would lead the Blackcaps. Three specialist spinners Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi have found a place in the New Zealand squad. Young pacers Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell have also been included.
In the absence of Williamson, the onus will be on senior middle order batsman Ross Taylor. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, both of whom have not been in great form, will also like to churn out some runs on the tour.
For Sri Lanka, after retiring from ODIs, Lasith Malinga will continue to lead the team in the shortest format. Both all-rounders Thisara Perera and Angelo Mathews have not been included in the Sri Lankan squad while Danushka Gunathilaka has made a comeback.
Facing another setback from the ICC for illegal action, Akila Dananjaya is likely to feature in Sri Lanka's playing XI. Sri Lanka might have had the upper hand in the Tests but New Zealand will start favourites in the shortest format of the game.
Let's have a look at the squads of both teams:
Sri Lanka- Lasith Malinga (c), Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka
New Zealand- Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor
Who will win the toss? - Sri Lanka
Who will win? – New Zealand
Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Ross Taylor (New Zealand)
Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Mitchell Santner (New Zealand)
Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Martin Guptill (New Zealand)
Man of the Match – Ross Taylor
Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 160+, New Zealand 175+
Match Handicap New Zealand
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*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, so stay tuned.
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