It’s down to the one last contest for Sri Lanka before they leave New Zealand. The visitors are yet to taste a victory on the tour as the hosts comprehensively won both Test and ODI series. The 2 sides will now clash in a one-off T20 at the Eden Park, Auckland. Keep reading to find out the New Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20 Match Prediction.
The Kiwis have been instrumental in all 3 departments in the series so far. They will now be led by Tim Southee in the T20 in the absence of Kane Williamson. All the victories for the hosts have been dominant so far. They won’t leave any stone unturned in trying to triumph the last game as well. Their batsmen scored in excess of 300 in all the 3 ODIs and chances are that they would launch again on the high-scoring venue of Auckland.
However, it’s the chance for the visitors to restore some pride. There have been some individual flashes of brilliance on the tour so far. Yet, they didn’t put together a team performance that would yield them a victory. But it’s their best chance to win in the shortest format as the squad possesses some talent for the setup. However, it’s still going to be an uphill task beating New Zealand in their own backyard and in their preferred mode of cricket.
Here is our New Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20 Match Prediction
Case1: If New Zealand bats first
First Innings score prediction: 200-210
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 30-40 runs
Case2: If Sri Lanka bats first
First Innings score prediction: 170-180
Result prediction: New Zealand will win the match by 5 wickets
Head to head in T20Is
Total T20Is: 16, New Zealand won: 7, Sri Lanka won: 6, No Result/Abandoned/Tied: 3
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson
Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Asela Gunaratne, Thisara Perera, Dushmanta Chameera, Nuwan Pradeep, Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka T20 Match Prediction: The format changes but the favorites don’t. As the format gets shorter, New Zealand becomes stronger. They are playing at home and all the conditions as well as the momentum in their favor. So, the hosts should seal a victory in the shortest format as well.