Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 1st T20I Live Cricket Score, 1 Sep 2019
Series: New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2019
Venue: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium,Pallekele
Date & Time: Sep 01, 07:00 PM LOCAL
One World Cup is over, and within no time the attention has moved to the other – the T20 extravaganza, which is set to take place in less than a year and a half from now. And New Zealand, who had never really come second in the 50-over World Cup but eventually did, are already up and about to find their best suits for their next ICC assignment. They have rested their big men Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, for their first T20I series heading into this phase.
The two-match Test series that had quite contrasting second-innings batting displays by the Sri Lankans also showed just how well New Zealand could adapt themselves after getting used to the conditions. However, for Tim Southee, who has been handed over the responsibility of leading the side, barring Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill, there isn’t much experience to fall back on. He has a largely inexperienced squad at his disposal, with most of the players yet to adjust to the sultry climes of Sri Lanka.
Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner have been around, but this will also present the visitors with a good opportunity to find their best fits, and hopefully even strong back-up options. Even as the pitches are unlikely to turn, the slow nature of it could make big hitting a difficult proposition. Their pace pack is quite flooded, but in the absence of Jimmy Neesham, Boult and Adam Milne, new players could find opportunities.
It’s a similar case for the hosts, who will be led by the veteran Lasith Malinga. Without some of their senior players, there are ample opportunities on offer. They are packed with some power-hitters in the top order, and some exciting young bowlers to accompany Malinga. They, much unlike New Zealand, are far from finding their settled XI – the regulars as much as the combination. All the experiments so far has led to nothingness. It’s been a long struggle already, but to their luxury, there still remains ample time heading into the next World Cup to find the right answers.
One of the concerns they would have on an immediate basis, starting from Sunday’s clash in Pallekele, is over Akila Dananjaya, who was recently reported for chucking. Whether Sri Lanka would want to use him in this series remains a question.
When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM local
Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: The temperature is expected to hover in the low 20s but humidity levels are high. Cloud cover is expected, with possibly brief spells of rain. With rain expected in the morning, the outfield isn’t going to be the fastest.
Sri Lanka: Akila Dananjaya has been reported for suspect action. He can continue to bowl, but given that Sri Lanka had rested him for the second Test, maybe they might be a bit cautious with him.
Probable XI: Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Menids, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (c), Lakshan Sandakan
New Zealand: Tim Southee will be leading the side in the absence of Kane Williamson.
Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (c), Lockie Ferguson