CWG 2022: New Zealand and Sri Lanka are two cricket teams who have potential, firepower and the right amount of talent but off lately they have lost some crucial ties vs major teams like India, England and Australia. Both the teams would be eager to prove their mettle at CWG and facing each other would be a wholesome opportunity for them as both the teams look equally pitted against each other.
New Zealand will have some positive momentum on their side after winning vs New Zealand by 13 runs. Suzie Bates 91 stole the match while she also signalled her form with the bat. On the other hand, Sri Lanka lost their opening match vs England managing to score only 106/9 in 20 overs. New Zealand have won 3 out of their last 5 games while Sri Lanka has only won 1 match from their last 4 outings. Also, New Zealand have remained undefeated against Sri Lanka, winning all the previous 8 games as well.
New Zealand Key Players:
Sophie Devine and Amelia Keir will be two vital cogs of the New Zealand team. Sophie the captain of the NZ team is a world-class all-rounder and if her previous performance is anything to go by, she will be the wild card for Sri Lanka. Sophie scored a gutsy 48 along with 3/37 in her previous match vs SA and she will be looking forward to making the same impact in the coming match. On the other hand, Amelia Kerr who bowls leg spin and bats at the top order will be looking forward to making an all-round show again following his promising start vs the proteas where she scored 20 and took 1/24 in 4 overs.
Sophie Devine (c), Suzie Bates, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze, Claudia Green, Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Hayley Jensen, Fran Jonas, Amelia Kerr, Rosemary Mair, Jess McFadyen, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Sri Lanka Key Players:
Chamari Athapaththu and Oshadi Ranasinghe will be the key players for Sri Lanka. Even though Chamari looked a bit rusty vs England, but still she will play a vital role as the captain and the experienced player on the side. On the other hand, Oshadi looked really promising in her previous match vs England. Oshadi who is a right-arm off-spinner bagged 2/20 in 4 overs.
Vishmi Gunaratne, Chamari Athapaththu (c), Hasini Perera, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani (wk), Ama Kanchana, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Achini Kulasuriya
Pitch & Weather Conditions:
The weather is expected to be slight breezy with some morning showers which will add some due to the wicket. Ideally, the wicket is balanced for both batters and bowlers but in the initial first few overs, bowlers will have some advantage. Bowlers do enjoy good assistance from the surface and the average score is around 125 runs.
CWG 2022 NZ vs SL Dream XI Prediction:
Sophie Devine (c), Brooke Halliday, Anushka Sanjeewani, Suzie Bates, Hasini Perera, Nilakshi de Silva, Chamari Atapattu (vc), Amelia Kerr, Lea Tahuhu, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu
Where to Watch:
Sony Liv App & Sony Liv Website