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A team that has a crafty captain, and has often punched above it’s weight. And a team that has a
captain who last played an ODI in the 2015 WC. When Kane Williamson’s New Zealand take on Karunaratne’s Sri Lanka in their World Cup encounter, both teams will be looking for a winning start that will help shed their tags, of underachievers and minnows respectively.
And yet, the Black Caps cannot afford to take the beleaguered Sri Lankan team lightly, not while the
old warhorses Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera are still there. As for New Zealand, they
have experience of their own, with long time servants Ross Taylor and Tim Southee expected to play
their final World Cup.
Weather and Pitch Conditions:
Inspite of some rain over the week, the skies are set to be clear on the match day. The pitch, a
friendly green-top, is expected to play host to a high-scoring game.
Probable Playing XIs:
New Zealand – Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Jimmy
Neesham, De Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson/Matt Henry
Sri Lanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews,
Thisara Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Jeevan Mendis, Isuru Udana, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga
Winner Prediction – New Zealand