After dominating the Test series by 2-0, New Zealand and Sri Lanka are all set to clash for a three-match ODI series scheduled to start on 25th March. The first ODI will take place at Eden park. New Zealand have recently rediscovered their charm in the Test format and now it is time for them to regain their lost form in the ODI format as well.
The Kiwis are currently at the second spot in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League. As the ODI World Cup comes closer, the squad would like to continue their winning momentum in the ODI format. Top bookmakers in India have fancy odds on the same.
Sri Lanka are struggling at the 10th spot in the points table and it looks like they will have to go through the qualifiers to make it to the World Cup.
We think NZ will dominate the first ODI and ease past Sri Lanka.
The betting tip is...
Finn Allen to score 75 plus runs
After the last ball win in the first Test, Kiwis planned and executed their dominance in the second Test from the first ball. It is good to see Kane Williamson regaining his form and scoring a double hundred for the team. Henry Nicholls also scored a double hundred and provided a good partnership to Williamson in the second Test.
The bowlers also look in form and their momentum will be helpful in the ODI.
Skipper Tom Latham will have the availability of the best playing XI for the first ODI.
Predicted Lineup: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Chad Bowes, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Tom Blundell, Michael Bracewell, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Sri Lankan cricket has been struggling for a long time. They have done well in the limited-over format in the past few months but the red-ball format has become a major point of concern. Dasun Shanaka will be leading the team in the ODIs as well but the biggest blow to the Lankan team management is the absence of Dushmantha Chameera as he is still recovering from his injury.
Kusal Mendis will be joining the team for the ODI series.
Predicted Lineup: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk, vc), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya De Silva, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Chamika Karunaratne, Matheesha Pathirana
New Zealand are definitely a strong team as compared to Sri Lanka in the ODI format. They have winning momentum going on and we predict another win for New Zealand in the first ODI.