New Zealand will take on Sri Lanka in the 3rd fixture of World Cup 2019. Both the team will start their World Cup campaign on 1st June 2019 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff. The match will be live from 3:00 pm IST. Both the teams will be looking to start the tournament with a win, so a thrilling match could be expected.
New Zealand led by Kane Williamson were the runners up in the last World Cup(2015) which was their best performance in the world cup. The team will be looking to turn the runners up to the winner of the World Cup. The team had a good outing in the warm-up matches as they registered a win against India but lost against the Windies. Trent Boult has been the biggest positive for the team as he took 4 wicket haul in both the match. Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Blundell got some runs and the same would be expected from them when they play against the Lankans.
Player To Watch Out For – Kane Williamson
Sri Lanka led by Dimuth Karunaratne has been in the poor form since a long time. The team comes from a win against Scotland but had previously suffered eight straight defeats to South Africa and New Zealand. Team also had a poor outing in both the warm-up matches and lost both of them against Australia and South Africa. Some of the positives for the team from the warm-up matches are Karunaratne, Mathews and Thirimane got some runs. Whereas bowling was poor in both the matches.
Player To Watch Out For – Angelo Mathews
The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff is usually a high-scoring venue but can witness a bit of help for the pacers with the aid of the weather.
Probable Line-ups ( Playing XI )
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, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Pradeep.
Sri Lanka arrives at the World Cup in poor form, with a series whitewash against New Zealand and South Africa among their recent defeats. New Zealand can kick-off their campaign with an easy win.