The upcoming Women’s Championship series between Sri Lanka and New Zealand promises to be an exciting contest. Beginning on June 27, Galle will host all three matches of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, followed by three T20Is in Colombo. Sri Lanka currently stands fifth in the standings, while New Zealand holds the third position. Both teams recently faced Bangladesh Women’s team, winning their respective series despite rain interruptions. Cricket fans are eagerly anticipating some thrilling performances from both sides.
Sri Lanka has opted for a spin-heavy squad for the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, with Oshadi Ranasinghe, Inoka Ranaweera, and Sugandika Kumari leading the spin attack. The team also boasts additional spin options in Inoshi Fernando, Kavisha Dilhari, and captain Chamari Athapaththu. Sri Lanka aims to climb up the table with a strong showing.
New Zealand, on the other hand, welcomes Isabella Gaze and Rosemary Mair back into their women’s team as they embark on their first bilateral series in Sri Lanka. Leigh Kasperek replaces the injured Jess Kerr for the Sri Lanka tour, benefitting from the spin-friendly conditions in Asia. New Zealand sees this as an advantage that will further enhance their resources. Sophie Devine will lead the squad as they strive to secure the second position in the standings.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Match Details, Live Streaming, When And Where To Watch
Date: 27th June, 2023, 10:00 AM IST
Venue: Galle International Stadium
Live Streaming: The Fan Code app and website will offer live coverage of the ICC Women’s Championship match. The tournament won’t be aired on any Indian TV network.
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Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Key Players
Chamari Athapaththu: The left-handed batting all-rounder has been in exceptional form for her team. She stands as the highest run-getter for Sri Lanka and the third-highest overall in this cycle, boasting an average of approximately 50. The Sri Lankan team will rely on their captain to lead from the front in the first ODI.
Oshadi Ranasinghe: This right-arm off-break bowling all-rounder is capable of taking wickets during the middle overs. She currently holds the highest wicket tally for her team. In the last ODI she played against Bangladesh Women, she showcased her skills by taking a fifer.
Suzie Bates: A top-order batting all-rounder, Suzie Bates has been the leading run-scorer for New Zealand. With 390 runs under her belt and an average of around 50, she will play a crucial role if New Zealand aims to win the series.
Sophie Devine: Sophie Devine has made a remarkable transition from being a bowler who occasionally batted at No. 11 to becoming one of the game’s premier all-rounders and most destructive batters. She stands as the second-highest run-scorer for her team. New Zealand will undoubtedly expect a match-winning performance from their captain.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Pitch Report, Weather Forecast
Galle International Stadium, Sri Lanka provides a spinner-friendly pitch.
The latest forecast suggests the possibility of a thundershower interrupting the game. As the teams gear up for this highly-anticipated clash, they may have to contend with the ever-unpredictable weather.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Probable Playing XIs
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (capt), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Hasini Perera.
New Zealand: Sophie Devine(capt), Amelia Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Suzie Bates, Hannah Rowe, Isabella Gaze, Molly Penfold, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Maddy Green, Lea Tahuhu, Rosemary Mair.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Squads
Sri Lanka: Chamari Athapaththu (capt), Vishmi Gunaratne, Harshitha Samarawickrama, Nilakshi de Silva, Kavisha Dilhari, Anushka Sanjeewani, Oshadi Ranasinghe, Kawya Kavindi, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera, Udeshika Prabodhani, Hansima Karunaratne, Inoshi Fernando, Imesha Dulani, Hasini Perera.
New Zealand: Sophie Devine (capt), Suzie Bates, Bernadine Bezuidenhout, Eden Carson, Izzy Gaze (wk), Maddy Green, Brooke Halliday, Fran Jonas, Melie Kerr, Leigh Kasperek, Rosemary Mair, Molly Penfold, Georgia Plimmer, Hannah Rowe, Lea Tahuhu.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, First ODI – Dream11 Prediction
Wicketkeeper- Izzy Gaze
Batters – Harshitha Samarawickrama, Maddy Green
All-rounders – Sophie Devine (C), Suzie Bates, Chamari Athapaththu (VC), Oshadi Ranasinghe, Amelia Kerr
Bowlers – Hannah Rowe, Sugandika Kumari, Inoka Ranaweera