Sri Lanka vs New Zealand – 1st T20 International Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand taking place? Sunday 1st September, 14:30 (UK)

Where is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand taking place? Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy

What is the expected weather for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? Temperatures of around 25c with clouds above but the thunderstorms should have subsided by the start of play

What channel is Sri Lanka vs New Zealand on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? This match cannot be streamed live in the UK

Where can I get tickets for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand? https://lk.bookmyshow.com/sports/cricket/sri-lanka-vs-new-zealand/t20-matches/seat-layout/ET00000733/10047

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

SRI LANKA

  • Sri Lanka will need to show big improvements on their recent efforts in T20 matches after failing to win any of their last five matches and will be tested once again by a solid New Zealand outfit.
  • The Sri Lankans will be captained by Lasith Malinga following his recent retirement from ODI cricket and he will have Niroshan Dickwella as his vice-captain for this three-match series in a much-changed squad from the one that toured South Africa earlier in the year.
  • Thisara Perera is the main name missing from their squad whilst the likes of Angelo Perera, Asitha Fernando and Kamindu Mendis are also missing with the Sri Lankans opting to go in a different direction following their poor run of results in T20s but they will hope talented youngsters like Avishka Fernando and Lahiru Kumara can continue their development.

NEW ZEALAND

  • New Zealand claimed a big win in their second Test match against Sri Lanka to tie the series and they will be full of confidence following their victory by an innings and 65 runs as they turn their attention to the shortest format of the game.
  • The Blackcaps have won three of their four T20 matches in 2019 including two impressive wins over India but will face a big test of their credentials as they face Sri Lanka without captain Kane Williamson and paceman Trent Boult with the pair rested for this series.
  • Tim Southee will skipper the side in Williamson’s absence and he will have three specialist spinners at his disposal in Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi in what look set to be challenging conditions.

THE PREDICTION

Sri Lanka will have to overcome their poor recent T20 form if they are to overcome New Zealand in this series. They may benefit from home advantage and could also capitalise on the Blackcaps missing two of their key players in Kane Williamson and Trent Boult. The Sri Lankans have a lot of work to do ahead of the T20 World Cup and still do not know their best side but despite facing an under-strength New Zealand side, they could fall short in this opening game.

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