Cricket Betting Tips and Match Prediction - Sri Lanka v New Zealand 3rd T20I

Colin de Grandhomme
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The 3rd and the last game of the three-match T20I series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.

With Sri Lanka having drawn the Test series and New Zealand having taken an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the T20I series, the last match will be instrumental in deciding which team was more dominant on the tour.

If New Zealand win, their loss in the first Test will come across as a one-off, with the visitors having won all of the remaining games. If Sri Lanka succeeded in winning this game, the final scoreline will show more of a competitive series in which both sides had their chances. Looking at the odds, and if you were an NFL fan with NFL Betting NJ as an example, you would have to favour a New Zealand win.

Sri Lanka have batted first twice, but have not been able to put up a daunting total on the board. As a result, New Zealand have successfully chased down the targets in both the matches and have come out victorious. In case The Lions win the toss, they should consider chasing at all costs.

Colin de Grandhomme has been the star for the Black Caps in the batting department with a 40 in the first match and a 59 in second game. Tim Southee, who has been named the skipper in the absence of Kane Williamson, has been excellent with the ball in both the matches, not only being economical but picking up regular wickets as well.

Sri Lanka will look towards both the Kusals, Avishka Fernando and Niroshan Dickwella in the batting order while Akila Dananjaya and Lasith Malinga will be their main men with the ball.

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

Sri Lanka- Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan

New Zealand- Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi

 

Cricket Betting Tips and Match Predictions*

Who will win the toss? - New Zealand

Who will win? – Sri Lanka

Top Batsman (Runs Scored) – Kusal Perera (Sri Lanka), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

Top Bowler (Wickets taken) – Lasith Malinga (Sri Lanka), Tim Southee (New Zealand)

Most Sixes – Niroshan Dickwella (Sri Lanka), Colin de Grandhomme (New Zealand)

Man of the Match –  Kusal Perera

Team Scores Batting first – Sri Lanka 175+, New Zealand 170+

Match Handicap Sri Lanka

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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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