New Zealand to take on Sri Lanka in the third match of league stage in 2019 cricket world cup on 1 June at Sophia Gardens. NZ vs SL match-3 will begin at 10:30 UK time. 2015 world cup runners-up will be eyeing to start tournament with a victory over 1996 cricket world champions Sri Lanka.
Blackcaps have 50 percent win record on this Cardiff venue as they have played 6 matches on this ground and managed to win 3 games meanwhile faced defeat in the same number of matches. On the other side, Sri Lanka have poor record on this venue as they won only one game in played 4 matches at this Cardiff stadium.
New Zealand won their first warm up game against India meanwhile lost second practice match versus West Indies by 91 runs. Kiwi bowlers were smashed all over the park by the Caribbean batsmen and team would be looking not to repeat such kind of performance in the main tournament.
On the other side, Sri Lanka is still an inexperienced side to be lead by Karunaratne. Team will be relying on their all-rounders Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera meanwhile top order batting line-up needs to be stable against New Zealand’s pace bowling lead by Tim Southee and Trent Boult.
Kane Williamson (Captain), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (Wk), Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Dimuth Karunaratne (Captain), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Jeffrey Vandersay, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, M Siriwardena.
New Zealand cricket team looks favorite against Sri Lanka in the 3rd match of 2019 world cup and as per our predictions they have got 75 percent winning chances.