About the Match
With the 3rd ODI called off due to rains, the series hangs at 1-1 and the Kiwis will now to get hold of advantage by trying to win the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka that’s set to take place at Nelson on 20th Jan. While the hosts won the first match by 3 wickets, chasing down 219 runs with 7 overs to spare, the Sri Lankans emerged victorious in the second match by 6 wickets after successfully achieving the required 249 runs with more than 2 overs to spare. With three more matches to go after this upcoming contest, both teams will try to steady their chances to clinch the title; it will be an interesting contest provided the weather doesn't play havoc yet again.
Both Guptill and Latham had up until now not succeeded in getting the runs on board; however, in the rain-affected contest on Saturday, they got to work and scored 66 off 78 and 42 off 65 deliveries to show great promise. Although their efforts went in vain, the batting line-up seems to be steadying well in time for the World Cup; Brendon McCullum continues to be the run-getter in the top order and will definitely bring his skills and experience to the table as he exhibited while posting a brilliant 117 off 99 in the second ODI. He has also consistently taken wickets to provide an all-round performance for his team; McClenaghan, Matt Henry and Adam Milne have been performing extremely well; Boult, Anderson and Vettori are also known for their ability to contain the run-flow and getting the crucial wickets. The Kiwis have found better success during chasing a target but they must come out all guns blazing if batting first too; the bowlers are doing an incredible job and with the batsmen’s support, the team can be a tough nut to crack from here on.
Although the last match was abandoned, Angelo Mathews will have something to cheer about as he found success in the bowling department taking 3-21 with an economy of just 3 per runs per over. Along with Kulasekara, Senanayake, Herath, Eranga, Dilshan and Mendis, the bowling squad can throw up any number of challenges to stop the Kiwis. However, the batsmen need to stay focused and repeat their performance as seen in the 2nd ODI. Dilshan was amazing with his score of 116 off 127 balls while Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Mathews provided ample support to take the team safely home. In the first match, except for Jayawardene, who scored a massive 104 runs, the others couldn’t survive the pressure and will need to be cautious against the Kiwi pace attack. The upcoming contest is expected to see some favourable weather and both sides will try to make the best in the given situation. The youngsters need to be more determined while the strategists must plan well to try and dominate the hosts right from the start; they definitely have the resources to do so.
While Sri Lanka look strong with a well-rounded contingent of players, who are experienced and talented, we feel that New Zealand will give a power packed performance to continue being in the limelight and lead the series with a win here.
Sri Lanka, 1.61 @ TitanBet