NZ & SL brace for one last high-scoring shootout
2019-01-11 at 07:34
Having won the Test series and swept the one-day internationals 3-0, New Zealand will look to finish on a high by winning the one-off T20 International against Sri Lanka as well this morning.
New Zealand notched up three consecutive scores in excess of 300 in the ODI series, burying Sri Lanka under a pile of runs they couldn’t recover from, despite a heroic effort from Thisara Perera.
Both Perera’s as well as Danushka Gunathilaka were among the runs in the ODI series and Sri Lanka will bank on them to go big in the 20-over affair and hope the rest of the line-up bats around them.
Now into the shortest format of the game, the array of power-hitters on either side can make it another high-scoring affair.
Lasith Malinga’s leadership hasn’t seen much result, but the veteran will look for a turnaround with this match.
He has the resources to do so with the likes of Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva and Thisara Perera capable of using the long handle.
Meanwhile Seekkuge Prasanna and Lakshan Sandakan give the visitors spin-bowling options to choose from and Nuwaan Pradeep, Dushmanth Chameera and Lahiru Kumara will assist Malinga in the fast-bowling department.
However, the hosts will have to deal with the injury of Jimmy Neesham, as well as the absence of Kane Williamson, their regular captain, who has been rested. The encounter will commence at 11.30am local time.