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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI Match Prediction

Jan 08, Tue 22:00 GMT , Saxton Oval, Nelson, New Zealand

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New Zealand 364/4
Sri Lanka 249/10 *
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- Prediction by Benny Thompson

New Zealand won by 115 runs

ABOUT THE MATCH

New Zealand have claimed the 3 match ODI series with a 21 run triumph in the high-scoring encounter in Mount Maunganui. With the World Cup around the corner, the Kiwis will look to experiment with their Starting XI in the final match which is now a dead rubber.

Match Preview

New Zealand and Sri Lanka have now met 97 times in ODIs, with the Kiwis winning 47 of those matches. Lanka have won 41 times while 1 match ended without a result and 1 ended as a tie.

iconNew Zealand Team News

Ross Taylor scored his fifth consecutive fifty and his eighth fifty plus score in his last 10 innings to take New Zealand to a mammoth score of 319/7. Colin Munro had added 87 and James Neesham continued his big hitting in the death overs with a quickfire 64. The Kiwis are in fine form with the bat and in the 2 ODIs so far have scored 690 runs. With Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson having contributed to the run scoring in the first match, all of them seem to be hitting peak form with the World Cup just months away. They will need to sort out their running between the wickets though as of the 7 wickets that fell, four were run outs.

For all the fine form that their batting is in, New Zealand are still struggling with the ball. In the 2 matches, their bowlers have given away 624 runs which does not bode well at all. Ish Sodhi bagged 3 wickets while Matt Henry and Neesham took 2 apiece but they leaked way too many runs and a total which had seem comfortable to defend at the innings break had seemed anything but that. They were also poor in the field, dropping 5 gilt-edged chances.

iconSri Lanka Team News

Thisara Perera had led the Lankan run-chase with a massive 140. Danushka Gunathilaka had started strongly with a fighting 71. But Lanka suddenly fell to 128/7, losing 5 wickets in the space of 16 runs. By then, the Lankan response seemed to be done and dusted until Perera revived things. He walloped all the Kiwi bowlers around the park, hitting 13 sixes, breaking the Lankan record held by the legendary Sanath Jayasurya since 1996. He took his side agonizingly close to an unlikely win but with 22 runs still required and running out of partners, he mishit a ball and his wicket ended proceedings. He will look to carry his form into the final match.

Earlier, Skipper Lasith Malinga tried 7 different bowlers in a bid to take wickets but they had no response to Taylor’s antics. With the World Cup looming, the Lankans have lots of things to sort out in all departments and they’re running out of time and matches to do so. While New Zealand might tinker with their Starting XI, we expect Lanka to stick to their strongest team.

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Pitch Conditions

 

A cloudy day expected in Nelson, making it a good day for a One Day encounter. But unlike the Bay Oval, the Saxton Oval will not offer so much to the batsmen and is known to assist the bowlers. There will be some turn and bounce on the pitch later on so both sets of bowlers will look forward to this pitch. With a capacity of just 6000, this is a relatively small stadium and getting boundaries should be easy as well.

Toss Prediction

 

The team winning the toss will elect to bat.

Our Match Prediction

New Zealand are favourites to win this match and seal the 3-0 whitewash.

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