New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – 1st One-Day International Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Thursday, 3rd January, 01:00

Where is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Mount Maunganui

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? 24-26c with sunshine forecast

What channel is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will be streamed live on Sky Go

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=EWBR0000018TP

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 36 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand enter the one-day international series with good confidence having won the Test series against Sri Lanka and returning to a format in which their form has largely been good in recent times and one which they will be keen to do well in ahead of the World Cup.
  • After some superb performances in the Tests, Tom Latham is rested for the series so Tim Seifert will come in to make his debut with the gloves while they can also count upon Martin Guptill who is fit again after injury.
  • Matt Henry could get a chance in the bowling attack with Tim Southee possibly rested while paceman Lockie Ferguson comes back in and he will look to continue his stunning form from the recent series with Pakistan in UAE.

SRI LANKA

Captain: Lasith Malinga

  • Sri Lanka showed good character in the Test series but just fell short ultimately, and they switch to the 50-over format now where their form was poor in 2018 having just won three of their last 12 matches and all of those were dead rubber matches so confidence is low in the ODIs.
  • They are not helped by the fact that one of their more aggressive batsmen Angelo Mathews is injured and unavailable for this match and Sadeera Samarawickrama will deputise for him and their lack of firepower with the bat remains a major concern for them.
  • Their leading spinner Akila Dananjaya remains suspended due to an illegal bowling action so he is missing which will only add pressure to captain Lasith Malinga to produce the goods despite his performances declining in recent times.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand have a strong record in one-day internationals both at home and against Sri Lanka so they have to be favoured to win this first match. Their line-up is strong with both bat and ball, whereas Sri Lanka are under-strength in both departments due to absentees. Confidence is not great among the tourists, and while they are showing good character and fight, they just lack the quality to really challenge the hosts. Barring complacency, New Zealand should get a win under their belts in this opening ODI.