The most anticipated cricketing tournament in the world, the ICC World Cup 2019 kicked off to a fantastic start. The next match in line is between New Zealand and Sri Lanka.
For the Kiwis, they had to poles apart games in the warm ups, first being they thrashed India but conceded 421 runs against Windies. Whereas Sri Lanka enter the tournament without any expectations, which means that they are moral is high and filled with abundant confidence.
Avishka Fernando sustained an injury and there is no update about his fitness as yet, while Tom Latham looks doubtful as well.
New Zealand Squad :
Kane Williamson (C), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
Playing XI : Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi.
Sri Lanka Squad :
Dimuth Karunaratne (C), Dhananjaya de Silva, Avishka Fernando, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Pradeep, Milinda Siriwardana, Lahiru Thirimanne, Isuru Udana and Jeffrey Vandersay
Playing XI : Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Jeffrey Vandersay.
Dream 11 Suggestion :
Wicket Keeper – Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera
Batsmen – Dimuth Karunaratne, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls
All rounders – Thisara Perera, James Neesham
Bowlers – Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Trent Boult
Captain – Martin Guptill or Thisara Perera
Vice Captain – Kusal Mendis or Lasith Malinga
Match : New Zealand vs Sri Lanka // NZ vs SL
Venue : Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
Time : 10:30 am local time (3 pm IST)
Weather : cloudy
Pitch : The track at Sophia is flat, and it’s expected to offer free runs to the batsmen. Even in the warm ups the total was a 300 par score, the pitch will favour both sides batsmen.