It is going to be a unique clash between two teams, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, which are known for their teamwork. In Group A, every match is getting crucial, as there are chances for almost every team to march into the semifinals. After their famous win against Australia, Kiwis are still charged up to take on SL, which has lost against Australia. But the quality the Sri Lankans can showcase is something great to watch for cricket folklore.
Date: 29th Oct 2022
Time: 1.30 PM IST / 08:00 AM GMT / 07:00 PM LOCAL
Two paced wicket. It has been so in this tournament so far. Difficult to score runs with ease, especially when fast bowlers vary their pace.
Probable Playing XIs
Finn Allen, Devon Conway (WK), Kane Williamson (C), Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee
Kusal Mendis (WK) , Pathum Nissanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Gunathilaka, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (C) , Wanindu Hasaranga, Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne,Lahiry Kumara, Binura Fernando
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Captain: T Boult
T Boult’s swing with the new ball and his variations at the death makes him a lethal bowler to bet on this pitch.
Vice-captain: D Conway
D Conway is for the kind of form he is in at present. He can adapt to the wicket very easily. That makes him the vice-captain of our team.
Batters: K Williams, P Nissanka, D Silva
Sri Lankan batters never bother with the conditions a lot and will try to be their best no matter what. Nissanka and D Silva from the Sri Lankan top order makes it to our team.
K Williams can tackle the Sri Lankan spinners in the middle overs with his sweep. When settled, he can use the death overs for productive runs.
All-rounders – M Santer, J Neesham, W Hasaranga, C Karunaratne
J Neesham has been in good touch with the bat. If he is good with the ball, this game would be on New Zealand’s side.
W Hasaranga and M Santer are the two spinsters who can fetch turns from this pitch. Balls turning in these conditions is the most dangerous weapon.
C Karunaratne has been doing a good all-round performance. He will be eager to play against another quality side.
Bowlers – T Southee, T Boult, M Theekshana
T Southee’s speed will have a great advantage on this wicket for the batters to connect properly.
M Theekshana is an obvious choice for the kind of bowler he is.
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