The much-anticipated ICC World Cup 2019 is underway with England already setting the standards high. The third match of the tournament will see New Zealand go up against Sri Lanka on June 1 (Saturday) at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
Kiwis will hope to get off in style
Meanwhile, the Kiwis have blown hot and cold in the two warm-up games. While they thrashed India in the first encounter, Windies gave them a taste of their own medicine in the second warm-up clash. Kane Williamson & Co have a few all-rounders in their side which will add balance to the playing XI. Besides, they have some match-winners in their ranks who can win matches for their team.
New Zealand will look to get off to a good start and set the tone early in the tournament.
Date and Time: June 1 (Saturday) from 3:00 PM IST, at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff
Here is the predicted playing XI of New Zealand against Sri Lanka in match 3 of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff:
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Martin Guptill finished as the highest run-scorer in the 2015 World Cup. He will look to continue that blistering form in this tournament and provide swashbuckling starts to the Kiwis.
Henry Nicholls has been among the runs leading to this World Cup and will hope to keep up the excellent work. Nicholls will look to stitch a good opening partnership with Guptill and provide New Zeland with good starts.
Kane Williamson holds the key to New Zealand’s World Cup. He has led the team from the front and is the key to their batting order. Williamson can pace his innings at will and the Kiwis success in the tournament will depend on how he fares in England.
Ross Taylor is likely playing his last World Cup and will look to finish on a high winning the World Cup for New Zealand. Taylor will have the responsibility of scoring runs at a good pace he has been doing over the years.
Tom Blundell has proved his abilities in the last warm-up game against Windies scoring a century. The wicket-keeper batsman will hope to continue his form and help the Kiwis post good totals on the scoreboard.
COLIN DE GRANDHOMME
Colin de Grandhomme has a lot of experience behind his back and will add value to the New Zealand team. The veteran all-rounder can contribute to all the departments, which will only strengthen the side. The management will hope de Grandhomme to be at his best in the marquee event.
James Neesham has made a scintillating return to the New Zealand side. He will be crucial to them in this campaign with his all-round abilities. The presence of Neesham, along with de Grandhomme, will help the Black Caps attain the required balance.
Mitchell Santner has been a handy customer for the Kiwis with both bat and ball. He suffered a devastating injury but made a strong come back and will play a crucial role in this World Cup.
Trent Boult showed his abilities in the practice game against India leading to the World Cup. Boult will hope to continue his exploits and help New Zealand with early wickets against Sri Lanka.
Tim Southee has been the go-to man for the Kiwis for quite some time now. He can swing the ball in both ways, and Kane Williamson will rely on him to produce early wickets. Besides, Southee can also chip in with the bat at the end, which will add value to the side.
The leg-spin of Ish Sodhi will come in handy for New Zealand in the middle overs as the wickets will be flat in the best interest of the batsmen. Sodhi has a lot of experience and knows how to bowl in these conditions and can turn out to be a match-winner for his side.
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