New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 41
ICC World Cup, 9 November, 2023, 2 PM IST, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will face each other in the 41st match of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup in India.
The face-off is scheduled to take place on November 9 (Thursday) at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru, the venue that has witnessed high-scoring encounters in the mega event so far.
New Zealand are in a desperate situation having lost their last four matches. Even if they win, they will have to hope that Pakistan don’t beat England by a huge margin. Having said that, thanks to their positive net run rate, the Kiwis will have to make sure that they just win against Sri Lanka to more or less confirm their place in the top four.
But their confidence must have shaken considerably knowing the fact that they lost the match even after posting 401 runs with the bat. Rain played a crucial role as well with Pakistan successfully scoring 200 runs in around 25 overs for the loss of only one wicket and the DLS method came into play.
New Zealand will be looking to be ruthless with the ball this time around to make sure they beat Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, have been knocked out of the semifinal race officially after their loss at the hands of Bangladesh. It was a close encounter with Sri Lanka losing by three wickets only but now their Champions Trophy qualification is at stake as well and they will have to win against the Kiwis to stay in the hunt.
Moreover, the team will also have to put the Angelo Mathews timed-out dismissal behind to perform at their best. The controversy, in a way, did affect their performance overall against Bangladesh. But to beat New Zealand, they will have to make sure they put their best foot forward.
The New Zealand vs Sri Lanka prediction is currently in favour of the Kiwis given the fact that they have had an upper hand over the opponents in the recent past.
Sri Lanka’s downfall across formats is also one of the reasons but with the Champions Trophy place at stake, the team from the island nation will be looking to go all out and win this match.
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for New Zealand: L-L-L-L-W
Team Form, Last 5 Matches for the Sri Lanka: L-L-L-W-W
- 1 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Match Preview
- 2 Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
- 3 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Dream11 Match Prediction
- 4 New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Dream11 win prediction: New Zealand to win
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Match Preview
New Zealand do have some injury issues to deal with at the wrong time in the World Cup. They are fretting over Lockie Ferguson’s fitness even as James Neesham is also injured. Matt Henry has been ruled out due to injury and that has led to them playing Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi playing in the XI. Sodhi struggled totally in the previous game dishing out full tosses at one point.
There is no update on Ferguson’s fitness at the moment but if fit, the pace bowler will slot in straightaway at the expense of Sodhi. Even Kyle Jamieson will be in contention to play this match.
Probable Best Performers
Probable Best Batter: Kane Williamson
Probable Best Bowler: Trent Boult
The rain continues and play is called in Bengaluru. @TheRealPCB ahead on DLS when the teams left the field for a second time thanks to a strong partnership between Fakhar Zaman 126* and Babar Azam 66*. Scorecard | https://t.co/3Nuzua3Jiu #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/bhKkHahnpW— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) November 4, 2023
Possible Playing XI: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (C), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (WK), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi/Kyle Jamieson/Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Sri Lanka brought back Kusal Perera for Dimuth Karunaratne against Bangladesh but to no avail as their woes at the top continued. They might persist with the former for now and just hope that he clicks in the crucial game.
They have lacked penetration with the ball too even as not many are aware of the reason Dunith Wellalage being benched after the first few matches in the World Cup. Having said that, Dilshan Madhushanka’s wicket-taking ability has been the biggest positive for Sri Lanka in the mega event.
Probable Best Perfomers
Probable Best Batter: Kusal Mendis
Probable Best Bowler: Dilshan Madhushanka
I rest my case! Here you go you decide 😷😷 pic.twitter.com/AUT0FGffqV— Angelo Mathews (@Angelo69Mathews) November 7, 2023
Possible Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (C & WK), Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushmatha Chameera, Maheesh Theekshana, Kasun Rajitha, Dilshan Madhushanka
Pitch Report and Expected Weather Conditions for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
The surface at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru has been a featherbed for the batters. New Zealand smashed 401 runs in the last game and Pakistan were well on course to chase it down at the halfway mark before rain intervened.
It is expected to be a similar surface for this match and the batting might of the Kiwis will look to pile on runs yet again. The team winning the toss should certainly look to bowl first.
Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru ODI Records
Total Matches: 41
Match Won batting first: 15
Match won bowling first: 22
Average 1st innings score: 237
Average 2nd innings score: 216
Expected weather condition: This is a day-jnight encounter and there is every chance of rain playing spoilsport in this match. There is 80% chance of rain at around 3 PM IST and this will make things interesting as New Zealand cannot afford a washout now. The temperature will hover in the mid-20s during the match.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Dream11 Match Prediction
Wicket-keepers: Devon Conway, Sadeera Samarawickrama
Batters: Kusal Mendis, Pathum Nissanka, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Kusal Perera
All-rounders: Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner
Bowlers: Dilshan Madhushanka, Trent Boult
Recommended Captain: Rachin Ravindra
Recommended Vice-captain: Kusal Mendis
We are backing Kusal Perera for one final time at this World Cup as a lot will depend on him for Sri Lanka. Among other batters, we have gone with Williamson, Mendis and Nissanka in the Dream11 Fantasy team.
In the wicketkeeper category, Sadeera and Conway are best picks while Ravindra is the best captaincy option for now. Santner and Boult are the wicket-taking options in the Kiwi side while Madhushanka is also a brilliant bowler to have in the team.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Dream11 win prediction: New Zealand to win
Both teams have lost their last few matches but New Zealand enter this match as favourites and our Dream11 prediction is for them to win the match.