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New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2019 SL vs NZ 1st T20I Match Prediction Who Will Win Today

New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2019 1st T20I SL vs NZ Match Prediction Who Will Win

The first of the 3 T20Is between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will take place at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele on Sunday. Keep reading to find out Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 1st T20I Match Prediction.

With the format getting changed, there will be plenty of changes in the personnel as well. The likes of Colin Munro and Martin Guptill return for the visitors. On the other hand, Lasith Malinga makes his way back into the side to play the only format he plays now. The gripping Test series has made this contest even more interesting.

The absence of ODIs on this tour clearly indicate that the focus for the teams would be on the T20 World Cup scheduled to be held next year. With a year to go, it gives a great opportunity for either team to look at the new players and build a foundation for the World Cup. While New Zealand would go in as the favorites in the series, the hosts won’t make it easy for them one bit.

Here is our SL vs NZ 1st T20I Prediction

Case 1: If Sri Lanka bats first

First Innings score prediction: Sri Lanka will score 145-155

Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 5 wickets

Case 2: If New Zealand bats first

First Innings score prediction: New Zealand will score 165-175

Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 20-30 runs

SL vs NZ Predicted XIs

Sri Lanka Predicted XI:

Avishka FernandoDanushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun ShanakaNiroshan Dickwella (wk), Kusal MendisKusal PereraLasith Malinga (C), Akila Dananjaya, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand Predicted XI:

Martin GuptillRoss Taylor, Tom Bruce, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Tim Southee (C), Lockie Ferguson, Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi

SL vs NZ head to head in T20Is

SL vs NZ Total Matches: 16

Sri Lanka Won: 7

New Zealand Won: 8

No result/Cancelled/Abandoned/Tied: 1

Venue Stats

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

T20I Matches Stats

Total Matches17
Matches won batting first10
Matches won bowling first4
Average 1st Inns scores169
Average 1st Inns scores147
Highest total recorded263/3 (20 Ov) by AUS vs SL
Lowest total recorded116/10 (18 Ov) by SL vs IND
Highest score chased178/2 (18.4 Ov) by PAK vs BAN
Lowest score defended157/9 (20 Ov) by SL vs AUS

SL vs NZ Match Prediction: The Kiwis have had more success in white ball cricket as compared to that of Sri Lanka. The World Cup runners-up would start favorites.

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