New Zealand will square off against Sri Lanka in the third and final game of the three-match T20I series on Saturday, April 8 at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown. The visitors showed nerves of steel in the first encounter and trumped Tom Latham & Co. in the Super-Over.
However, the Black Caps put on a clinical performance in the second T20I and hammered Sri Lanka by nine wickets. With the series on the line, both teams would look to be at their best in the clash on Saturday. Therefore, an exciting contest appears to be on the cards.
NZ vs SL Match Details:
Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown
Date & Time: April 8, 06:30 AM IST
Live Streaming: Prime Video
NZ vs SL Pitch Report:
The surface at the John Davies Oval offers a sporting wicket, with batters and bowlers having an equal say in the contest. The venue has hosted two T20Is thus far and both have been won by the side setting up the target. Going by the aforementioned stats, the side to win the toss in the series decider might ponder over batting first.
NZ vs SL Probable Playing XIs
Chad Bowes, Tim Seifert, Tom Latham (c & wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Ben Lister
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Dilshan Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha
NZ vs SL Probable Best Performers
Probable best batter
Daryl Mitchell played a magnificent knock of 66 runs off 44 deliveries in the first game of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka. The flamboyant batter is in a rich vein of form and could yet again put up a batting masterclass in the high-voltage clash on Saturday.
Probable best bowler
Adam Milne breathed fire in the second T20I against Sri Lanka. He put up an exhibition of world-class bowling and bagged a sensational five-wicket haul. The right-arm pacer has been at the top of his game of late and it would not be a surprise if he weaves magic with the ball in the forthcoming game.
Today’s Match Prediction: New Zealand to win the match
Disclaimer: This prediction is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While making your prediction, consider the points mentioned, and make your own decision.