May 31, 2019
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SL vs NZ Dream11 Team | Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Match Preview | ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Fantasy Team

By Jasvinder Singh

SL vs NZ Dream11 Team |  Match Preview| ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Fantasy Team

With World Cup rolling out with high voltage encounters, the 3rd match of this highly reputed tournament will be played between NewZealand and Sri Lanka at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. On one end NewZealand looks strong and a well-balanced side whereas Sri Lanka can be considered as an underdog in this World Cup. They didn’t have some good past months in ODI’s and lost the majority matches they have played till now in 2019. NewZealand is said to be the favourite of this match but no one knows how Sri Lanka can bounce back in their campaign opener. We are here to cover NZ vs SL Dream11 Team, Preview, Fantasy Team for the 3rd match of World Cup 2019.

When and Where

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 3
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
3:00 PM, 1 June 2019

Venue Statistics in ODI:-

Avg 1st inn score: 227

Avg 2nd inn score:216Highest

Total: 342/8 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUS

Lowest Total: 138/10 (37.5 Ov) by SL vs NZ

Highest Chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs Eng

Lowest Defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by Eng vs NZ


The pitch of Sophia Gardens is batting friendly. 22 yards of cricket will be prepared in such a way to help the batsmen and bowlers will have a tough time bowling on this wicket. Bowlers will only get help in the starting spell of the match, otherwise, batsmen will have a good time batting on this wicket.

Head to Head (Last 5 encounters)

NZ 4

SL- 1

NZ vs SL Dream11 Team News

  • There are still concerns on the availability of Tom Latham but management says he will be fit for the NewZealand opener in the World Cup 2019.
  • Martin Guptill will open the innings for NewZealand alongside Henry Nicholas.
  • Colin Munro has bruised foot that might give away an opportunity to Henry Nicholas to open the innings with Guptill.
  • Avishka Fernando might not feature for Srilanka in their first match of the World Cup 2019 due to an ankle injury that struck him during the warm-up match against South Africa.
  • There is no update over Lasith Malinga who hasn’t featured in the warm-up matches for Srilanka. He might be restoring his energy for the World Cup after playing a hectic season of IPL.
  • Matt Henry had impressed with the bowl against India but against West Indies, he got a century in his bowling. and ended the match with the bowling figures of 109-2.
  • Trent Boult who remained on 2nd spot in World Cup 2019, will try to come with the same performance in this World Cup.
  • After a bad collision in the 1st warm-up match against South Africa, Isuru Udana is also in dought if he gets into this match or not.


Srilanka: Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Avishka Fernando, Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Kusal Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera (wk), Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana, Milinda Siriwardana, Jeevan Mendis, Jeffrey Vandersay, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep.

NewZealand: Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Colin Munro, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Tom Latham sub, Matt Henry.

Probable Playing11 for SL vs NZ Dream11 Team

NewZealand – Martin Guptill, Tom Latham/Matt Henry, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls/Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme, James Neesham, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi/M Santner

Srilanka – Dimuth Karunaratne, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Isuru Udana, Jeffrey Vandersay.

SL vs NZ Dream11 Team

Wicket Keeper – Tom Blundell impressed everyone with a century (106) against West Indies. He is a last minute addition to the squad after Tom Latham got injured, Tom might get a go in this match behind the stumps for Srilanka, another pick for this spot is Kusal Mendis, who is quite efficient behind the stumps as well as with the bat also for his team.

Batsmen – Top 3 of NewZealand i-e – Martin Guptill, skipper Kane Williamson, and Ross Taylor will directly get their place in our dream11 team as this trio is deadly and is currently in the form with their willow. Other than these D Karunaratne, L Thirimanne will be the other players to watch out.

Ross Taylor in Last 5 innings ( 2, 71, 69, 21*, 45*)

Martin Guptill in Last 5 innings ( 5, 22, 29, 118, 117*)

Kane Williamson in Last 5 innings (85, 67, 65, 11, 39)

All-rounders –Thisara Perera has always been a legit all-rounder for Sri Lanka who scores in the lower middle order whereas takes important wickets with his bowling. He has taken 5 wickets in last ODI matches as well as scored some valuable runs with the bat.

Bowlers – Trent Boult who took 4 wickets against India looked in his top-notch form. He will be a serious threat for Sri Lanka in their campaign opener. Boult might repeat his last World Cup performance yet again in this World Cup.

Trent Boult Stats with the Bowl                                                                 

World Cup performance (2015)

Matches – 9, Wickets – 22, Economy – 4.75

Last 5 Matches in 2019

Match – 5, Wickets – 14, Economy – 4.65

Who should be the captain and vice-captain of your Dream team??

Captain – Ross Taylor

Kane Williamson, the skipper of New Zealand is currently playing in good form and he has got 3 (50)+ scores in his last 5 innings makes him a desirable option for the captain of your dream11 team.

Vice Captain – Martin Guptill

Martin Guptill, the devastating opener of NewZealand has always been the top pick in the World Cup. He has backed himself with lots of runs in his bag. Currently, he has got 2 centuries in his last 5 innings makes him eligible for the slot of vice-captain.

X-Factor player for the match of SL vs NZ Dream11 Team

Kusal Perera- Kusal Perera is having the bad days and is not performing well with the bat, but his ability to hit balls out of the park is not hidden from anyone. His heroics that made Sri Lanka perform well in the Nidhas Trophy shows how good he is when playing in form. If he gets going against NewZealand then he can bring a twist in the campaign opener for his team in World Cup 2019.

Trent Boult- Trent Boult is having a good time in ODI for NewZealand with the bowl. In England, e will create severe pain in the minds of batsmen with his inswingers at 145km/hr in bowling friendly conditions makes him a player with X factor in the match.

NZ vs SL Dream11 Team

WK – Kusal Mendis, T Latham

Batsmen – A Mathews, K Williamson, M Guptill, R Taylor

All-rounders – Dhananjaya de Silva, Thisara Perera

Bowlers – T Boult, L Malinga, M Henry

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Jasvinder Singh

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