The series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka now moves to the shorter format. The hosts won the Test series 1-0 while the visitors battled hard. Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui will play host to the first ODI. Keep reading to find out the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match Prediction.
New Zealand was dominant in the Test series. But Sri Lanka didn’t give up easily. The visitors fought in the first game and forced it to a draw. However, the Kiwis pressed the accelerator and despite the Sri Lanka resistance, won the Test to clinch the series. The hosts have had a pretty good run at home in ODI cricket. Hence, they would enter the series with the tag of being the favorites.
The venue for the first match has hosted just 5 ODIs so far. It had hosted the last ODI three years back which had also involved these 2 teams. New Zealand had won that game easily by 36 after posting 294. We can expect another high-scoring encounter especially if the Kiwis bat first. It will be a big test for the visitors once again.
Here is our New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match Prediction
Case1: If New Zealand bats first
First Innings score prediction: 320-330
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by more than 50 runs
Case2: If Sri Lanka bats first
First Innings score prediction: 240-250
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 6 wickets
Head to head in ODIs
Total ODIs: 102, New Zealand won: 45, Sri Lanka won: 41, No Result/Abandoned: 16
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert(wk), James Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson
Niroshan Dickwella(wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Lahiru Kumara, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga(c), Lakshan Sandakan
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match Prediction: The hosts are too strong at home with familiar conditions. Hence, they start huge favorites for the first game.