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:
New Zealand Predicted XI:
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
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele
T20I Matches Stats
|Matches won batting first||10|
|Matches won bowling first||4|
|Average 1st Inns scores||169|
|Average 1st Inns scores||147|
|Highest total recorded||263/3 (20 Ov) by AUS vs SL|
|Lowest total recorded||116/10 (18 Ov) by SL vs IND|
|Highest score chased||178/2 (18.4 Ov) by PAK vs BAN|
|Lowest score defended||157/9 (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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