About the Match
New Zealand would be looking to carry its form in Champions Trophy as well when they take on Sri Lanka on 9th June 2013. The match would begin at 09:30am GMT at would be played at Cardiff. The Black Caps have done pretty well so far in the limited overs format since their arrival in England and will be looking to build on that. Sri Lanka has had the mixed experience as far as practice games are concerned. This game would be really important for both the sides as far as qualification for the semifinals is concerned and expect a tight contest between the two.
After an utterly disappointing Test series against England, New Zealand bounced back in the ODIs and surprised everyone with the capabilities the player possess. The main reason for their recent success was Martin Guptill’s batting who scored back to back hundreds in the opening two matches. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson chipped in with a few good innings. Led by Brendon Mcullum, the Kiwis are an excellent fielding side with aggressive approach. They have a very talented bowling attack, but their inexperience might come into play. With hitters like Taylor, Mcullum and Guptill in their squad, New Zealand can be a difficult side to bowl to and win against.
Sri Lanka have had a mixed past as far as ICC events are concerned. They reached the finals of the World Cup on two consecutive occasions: 2007 and 2011, but failed to lift the trophy. With experienced guys like Dilshan, Sangakkara and Jaywardene in their lineup, their batting looks good. Their bowling lacks a bit of sting as is evident from the scores their opponent posted in the two practice games. Sri Lanka has a nice blend of youth and experience and can be a tough competitor if their bowlers get going.
New Zealand had a dream run in the ODI series against England and would be looking to extend it to the Champions Trophy as well. Sri Lanka would also love to repeat their recent ICC events history of making it to the final stages. The result of the game would most likely be governed by how the Sri Lankan bowlers bowl. Conditions might play a big role in Cardiff in this game and the fact that New Zealand have been in this part of the world and they’ve been doing exceedingly well in ODI cricket makes them favorites for this game.
New Zealand, 2.00 @ Bovada
With the brilliant knocks of Martin Guptill, New Zealand batting has looked better and more aggressive. Luke Ronchi has helped in providing quick starts although he hasn’t stayed for long on the crease. Sri Lankan batting looks good too with Dilshan and Perera at the top of the order. With New Zealand bowling being stronger than that of Sri Lanka and top order batting being equivalent, New Zealand is likely to score more in first 15 overs.
Team to Make Highest 1st 15 Over Score:
New Zealand, 2.00 @ Bet365