ICC Women’s T20 World Cup – New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women taking place? Saturday 22nd February, 2020 – 11:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women taking place? W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth

What is the expected weather for New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women? 26c in cloudy skies

What channel is New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women on? This match will be televised live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women? Sky Sports subscribers can stream the match live via Sky Go

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand Women vs Sri Lanka Women? Ticket information for all ICC Women’s T20 World Cup matches here

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND WOMEN

  • New Zealand Women have never won this competition and despite making the final in the first two editions, they have failed to progress that far again since and they failed to even make it out of the group stage last time around.
  • The White Ferns prepared for this tournament in great fashion as they claimed an impressive series victory over South Africa Women as they won three of the four matches where a result was possible and they only narrowly lost the other contest.
  • New Zealand have a strong squad and will be under pressure to perform as they go in search of a maiden title with skipper Sophie Devine having a big role to play whilst the White Ferns are also able to count upon Lea Tahuhu for this tournament.

SRI LANKA WOMEN

  • Sri Lanka Women have competed in all six Women’s T20 World Cups to date but have never made it beyond the group stage and their aim will be to finally end that run at this tournament.
  • They won just one of their four matches in 2018 and only the winless Bangladesh finished below them in the standings and they are likely to find it tough going once again despite registering a shock victory over England in their recent warm-up game.
  • Captain Chamari Athapaththu was hugely instrumental in that impressive victory as she smashed an unbeaten 78 and she is undoubtedly going to be key in this tournament but there is a lot of pressure riding on her shoulders.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand Women are arguably the perennial underachievers in terms of their performances at the Women’s T20 World Cup and will hope to put that right in 2020. They have twice finished as runners-up but that was in the first two editions of this tournament and they have not made it to a final since. They face Sri Lanka Women in this opening game who have never made it out of the group stage and with a lack of genuine talent to support skipper Chamari Athapaththu, the Sri Lankans are likely to find it tough going with the White Ferns able to claim the victory.

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