Sri Lanka vs New Zealand- 1st T20I | New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st T20 – SL vs NZ 2019 Predictions

After the test series ended in a 1-1 draw, Sri Lanka and New Zealand will now take on each other in the Twenty-20 format. The T20 series is set to start with the first match played on 1st September at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Pallekele.

This series is going to end on September 6. Test matches were drawn earlier and now three T20Is are left. The first T20 match will be played on Sep 01, Sunday. Venue of this 1st T20 match will be Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.

Match Predictions

According to our panel, New Zealand will win this match from Sri Lanka with quite easy margin. Sri Lanka is good but New Zealand seems to be more balanced side as compared to Sri Lanka. New Zealand is more aggressive team than Sri Lanka and aggressiveness is key to victory in T20 matches. Sri Lanka is comparatively weaker side as compared to New Zealand.

Sri Lanka is also a good team for short cricket format and it will be a tough contest between these two. New Zealand have outstanding understanding between players. Sri Lanka also have some great match winning players but we are of the opinion that New Zealand will win this match by easy margin. New Zealand have enough quality to win this match.

Sri Lankan squad is suffering from lack of confidence since the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Some key players for Sri Lanka are Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando and Lasith Malinga. Kusal Perera has good track record on this pitch. He will surely help his team to get out of crisis.

Tim Southee – captain of New Zealand is also great cricketer for short cricket format. Aggressive form of New Zealand Squad will help them to score a defend-able target. Sri Lankan squad also have some match winning players but this time New Zealand seems to be more balanced side. Some key players for New Zealand are Ross Taylor, Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi.

Toss Prediction

Conditions are not good for cricket in Pallekele. The team Who Will Win the Toss is supposed to choose bowl first because conditions are in favour for bowling. Bowlers can disturb the batsmen due to extra pace and swing due to current conditions. So toss will play a vital role in this condition.

Weather Report

There will be extreme thunderstorms during the match time in Pallekele. These days weather isn’t suitable for cricket in Pallekele. There will be heavy rain during the play. It is being predicted that rain will disturb the play. While the temperature will be between 23 and 28-degree celsius.

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Our Prediction

Who Will Win TOSS : Sri Lanka

Who Will Win Match : New Zealand

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Sri Lanka SquadNew Zealand Squad
Lasith Malinga (c)Tim Southee (c)
Akila DananjayaTodd Astle
Wanindu HasarangaTom Bruce
Niroshan DickwellaColin de Grandhomme
Avishka FernandoLockie Ferguson
Danushka GunathilakaMartin Guptill
Shehan JayasuriyaScott Kuggeleijn
Lahiru KumaraDaryl Mitchell
Lahiru MadushankaColin Munro
Kusal MendisSeth Rance
Kusal PereraMitchell Santner
Kasun RajithaTim Seifert
Lakshan SandakanIsh Sodhi
Dasun ShanakaRoss Taylor
Isuru Udana

Complete Match Details

Date: Sunday – September 01, 2019

Time: 01:30 PM GMT / 07:00 PM Local

Stadium: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

City: Pallekele

Hosts to: Kandurata

Capacity: 35000

Ends: Hunnasgiriya End, Rikillagaskada End

Avg 1st inn score: 169

Avg 2nd inn score: 147

Updated: August 31, 2019 — 1:22 pm