The ICC World Cup is arguably the most supreme tournament in the cricketing world. The much-awaited tournament is back. On the second day, last years runner ups New Zealand will go head to head against Srilanka at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, Wales.
Pitch Report and Toss Prediction:
The Sophia Gardens in Cardiff will host both the overseas teams in the second warm-up fixture. Given how well teams have batted in England in recent years, Sophia Gardens will offer a slightly different track on display.
In the last 10 innings on the pitch, scores of 300+ have been registered on three occasions. While the number is no paltry figure, other scores of 223, 265/8, 268/5, 236, 237/7, 211 and 215/2 speak of the otherwise. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that there are fewer chances of teams posting a total in excess of 300.
New Zealand Team News:
New Zealand had an amazing 2015 World Cup where they won every match except the final against the Aussies. The 2017 Champions Trophy was a disappointing one for the Kiwi’s where they did not win a single match. This time they have decently balanced squad will be hoping to go further in the tournament. The team will be led by Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, and Trent Boul will form a deadly bowling pair.
Predicted Playing 11 for Newzealand:-
Guptil, Munro, Williamson, Taylor, Nicholas, Latham, Santner, Neesham, Boult, Southee, Sodhi.
Predicted playing 11 for Sri Lanka:
Malinga, Pradeep, Perera, Udana, Mendis, Thirimanne, Mathews, Siriwardane, Lakmal, Dhanajaya, Vandersay
Key Player for Sri Lankan:
He is the only experienced player in the side and has played the number of ICC tournaments compared to others. His variations in the middle overs can be a game changer performance to the side.
His record against India in ODI’s has been the decent enough. He has dismissed the cool MS Dhoni at various occasions.
Key Player For New Zealand:
The two deadly bowling combo will be again threat to many teams in the World Cup. Trent Boult can get the early swing during first powerplay and get those early wickets for the team. Not only in the early stages but he can also contribute at the death with his yorker bowling.
Player Vs Player:
Kane Williamson vs Dimuth Karunaratne:
Yes, it will be a skipper battle as both play similar roles to their side in today’s cricket match. We could see a tough contest on which of these players will score more runs. Karunaratne is the new skipper to the Sri Lanka side but has all the experience in this format of the game. Kane here is more experienced as skipper and to this format. We predict him to win this contest against Sri Lanka
Our Cricket Match Prediction Newzealand vs Sri Lanka:
Srilanka has a decent squad but the Kiwi’s might prove to be too good for them. We predict New Zealand to win.