New Zealand and Sri Lanka tend to have a strange relationship when it comes to multi-national encounters. In most cases, the encounters result in a New Zealand win, after looking very dominant. Sri Lanka though, despite looking dominated tend to provide a fight back on most occasions. In this tournament, Sri Lanka are currently at two points. A win takes them ahead of New Zealand, but doing so will be a tough ask. The likes of Wanindu Hasaranga are around, but a Sri Lankan win would result in a true dogfight between the sides.
Played- 19 | New Zealand – 10 | Sri Lanka – 7 | No Result- 1 | Tie- 1
Date: 29th October 2022
Time: 1:30 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground
There is some rain around but a full game should still remain likely at Sydney.
The Sydney track is very dry, with few cracks on it. The ball will spin and batting first is a better option with the pitch slowing down considerably.
Devon Conway, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryll Mitchell, Mark Chapman/ Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee
Kusal Mendis, Dhananjay De Silva, Charith Asalanka, Ashen Bandara, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara, Binura Fernando
On a track that will turn considerably, Mitchell Santner is going to be a handful. He knows how to extract spin pretty well and is in pretty good form with both bat and ball right now.
Maheesh Theekshana’s carrom ball is working wonders even in Australia. He is bowling well in the powerplay and will be a very big weapon for Sri Lanka against Australia. While there will be more bounce in Perth, it will interesting to see how he uses it along with his carrom ball.
New Zealand are favorites here, but a spinning track and some good performances keep Sri Lanka in the hunt.