Watch live Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I Match Live Cricket Score, 6 Sep 2019
New Zealand’s tour of Sri Lanka began with a chastening loss at Galle, spurring on a sour start to their World Test Championship campaign. But the visitors recovered well by winning the Colombo Test and now stare at the prospect of a three-nil sweep in the T20I series. It’s been a tour that’s graduated to be New Zealand’s.
The third and final T20I is also set to take place in Pallekele, a venue that’s seen two pretty similar games between the sides so far in this series. The onus is on Sri Lanka to change things up; they have won both tosses and been on the receiving end of two neat run-chases from New Zealand. Playing an extra spinner in Lakshan Sandakan in the second game meant that the game ran closer, so expect more choke by spin from the hosts on what’s going to be another slow Pallekele pitch.
Injuries have formed the build-up for the final match on this tour. Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya are unlikely to feature for Sri Lanka after suffering a collision in the last game. And for New Zealand, Martin Guptill (abdomen) and Tom Bruce (knee) have become the latest victims of injury on a tour that’s already seen the visitors lose Lockie Ferguson. Hamish Rutherford has been added to the squad.
When: Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I, Friday September 6
Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: A passing shower is expected in the evening. It’s likely to be another slow deck in Pallekele, with dew playing its part in aiding the run-chase.