After a long test and ODI series, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2018-19 is about to end. The series is ending with a single T20 match between the two countries. After the action packed test and one-day matches, the fans expect to witness an epic clash in this match. We have some important facts and cricket predictions for the match here for you:-
|Match||New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka T20|
|Time||11: 30 am IST, January 11, 2019|
|Venue||Eden Park, Auckland|
|Match days||11 January 2019 – night match (20-over match)|
|Series||Sri Lanka Tour of New Zealand 2018-19|
|Match number||T20I no. 718|
|TV Umpires||Chris Brown|
|Reserve Umpire||Ashley Mehrotra|
|Match Referee||Sir Richie Richardson|
Team New Zealand
Ajaz Patel, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Matt Henry, Will Young, Tom Latham, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kane Williamson, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor
Team Sri Lanka
Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara, Kasun Rajitha, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Kusal Mendis, Roshen Silva, Dushmantha Chameera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Nuwan Pradeep, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Dilruwan Perera
Considering the average performance of the pitch, the winning captain must decide to bat first so that the team can set up a big target for the opponents. The average score for the first innings is around 170 while for the second innings it is almost 150. Thus, winning the toss and taking the correct decision after that will be important for the captains of both the teams.
Currently, New Zealand is at the 6th position while team Sri Lanka is at the 9th position on the ICC International T20 rankings. If this aspect is to be considered, the visitors will be having an excess pressure on their minds so that they can make an addition to their points by winning the game. They need to play without pressure and give their best to win the game.
Since it is the last match of the tour, there will be a pressure on both the teams to end the series on a winning note. It will depend on how they handle this pressure and the playing XI they choose for this game. It is likely that the best players shall be chosen and the team will be a blend of experiences players along with the new ones.
New Zealand has higher chances of winning this match because of the above mentioned factors. However, one can expect team Sri Lanka giving their best ever performance in this game to win the title.