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.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Match 3
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
3:00 PM, 1 June 2019
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.
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.
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.
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.
World Cup performance (2015)
Matches – 9, Wickets – 22, Economy – 4.75
Last 5 Matches in 2019
Match – 5, Wickets – 14, Economy – 4.65
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.
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.
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.
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