NZ vs SL Match Prediction & Betting Tips - Apr 08, 2023

NZ vs SL Match Prediction - Apr 08, 2023

Tournament: Sri Lanka tour New Zealand, 2023.

Date: April 08, 2023.

Format: T20I

Venue: John Davies Oval, Queenstown, New Zealand.

Time: 01:00

New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka Head-to-Head

In the 19 games between Sri Lanka and New Zealand that produced a result in the T20 format, New Zealand won 11 games. While Sri Lanka has recorded a win in 8 matches.

New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka Live Streaming and Broadcast

Sri Lanka vs New Zealand T20I series can be watched on Amazon Prime Video in India. This series will not be broadcasted live on TV. It will be available just on Amazon Prime Video.

After having lost the first game of the T20I series, New Zealand made a tremendous comeback in the series in the second match. They beat Sri Lanka by a thumping margin of 9 wickets. The T20 series is now level at 1-1. There is everything to play for in the deciding game of the series to be played at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown. The New Zealand outfit will be confident after their performance in the second T20 game and start as favorites to lift the series by winning this decider.

NZ vs SL Team Previews

New Zealand

Even though the New Zealand team fought hard in the first T20 against Sri Lanka and took the game to a super over, it was not to be their day. They managed to take the game as far as the super-over thanks to late-order heroics by Rachin Ravindra. However, they did not play well in this game and were looking to improve in all the departments of the game. They checked all the boxes in the second match though. After winning the toss they put Sri Lanka into bat. Sri Lanka was bowled out for a modest total of 141 runs.

This was a way below-par total on the batting-friendly surface at Dunedin. The fast bowler Adam Milne was at his fiery best bowling a spell of 5 for 26. This proved to be too hot to handle for the Lankans. The New Zealand opening batsman Tim Seifert then rubbed it in by hitting a scintillating 79 not out from 43 balls to take black caps home easily. Another factor in favor of the Kiwis is that they bat low down the order. Having the top order in prime form, this batting order appears to be even more ominous.

The New Zealand middle order is in the hands of Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham. You can pretty much bet on one of them to come good in any game let alone a series decider. The New Zealand bowling attack was well-tested in the first match of the T20 series. However, they were on the money in the second match in Dunedin. Although the standout bowler was Adam Milne, Ben Lister also bowled well to pick up 2 wickets from his 4 overs. Ish Sodhi has not picked any wickets in the series but has been bowling economically and he can be a game-changer, especially in the middle overs.

New Zealand Playing 11

Chad Bowes, Tim Seifert, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Rachin Ravindra, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi, Benjamin Lister.

Sri Lanka

During their innings in the second T20 international match of the series, Sri Lanka was 122 for 4 in the 16th over. They appeared to be all set to score a total in the excess of 160 runs. But they ended up losing their last 6 wickets for just 19 runs. This middle and lower middle-order collapse were to cost them the match eventually. It might even cost them this T20 series as well. Kusal Perera has appeared to be the most reliable batsman from Sri Lanka in this series. He has scored 53 from 45 balls and 35 from 32 balls in his last two appearances in the series.

The main job of Kusal Perera in the last T20 game will be to hold the Sri Lankan innings together as other more aggressive batters around him can go for big hits. Another batsman the Sri Lankans will rely on for this game is Charith Asalanka. He smashed 67 runs from 41 balls in the first match of the series thereby laying a foundation for a big total of 196 for 5 for Sri Lanka. Asalanka will once again be the batsman to get for the New Zealand bowling attack in this game and they will try to get him early.

The Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka has failed in the first couple of games however, he is an excellent batter and will soon be among the runs. Shanaka was in terrific form against India during the earlier part of the year as he amassed as many as 190 runs in the T20I series. Sri Lanka will be looking for special innings from him to get them home. As far as the Lankan bowling attack is concerned all eyes will be on Wanindu Hasaranga. He is a genuine wicket-taker and capable of turning a game around in a single over. Another bowler to watch out for is Maheesh Theekshana due to his tight line and length bowling.

Sri Lanka Playing 11

Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara.

NZ vs SL Toss Prediction

It has become pretty common in the T20I games these days to bowl first after winning the toss. This game is unlikely to be any different. You can bet on the skipper winning the toss to take to the field first.

Read our guide on toss predictions to learn how we analyze and come up with our tips.

Pitch and Conditions

This game is the first T20 international match to be played at the John Davies Oval venue. During the Super Smash this season in the New Zealand domestic T20 competition, the average total while batting first on this ground is 147 runs. The sides batting second have won 5 out of 7 matches played at this venue in Super Smash. Any team that bats first in a T20 game at this venue will be looking to set a score in the excess of 170 runs.

The surface at the John Davies Oval in Queenstown has a tinge of grass on it. This means the wicket will help the quicker bowlers a lot more than spinners. Batsmen will need to be cautious in the initial overs when the ball is new and quicker bowlers can extract some pace and movement from the track. After the wicket settles down it will become a batting paradise and batters can collect some easy ones. We are expecting some cloud cover during the game and it might be a little breezy as well.

NZ vs SL Betting Tips

Although the Sri Lankan team showed a bit of resistance in the series, they have not performed up to scratch on this New Zealand tour. They ended up losing the test matches then they lost the ODI series. Here is an opportunity to redeem this dismal performance with a series win and end the tour on a high note. The Asian champions have the potential to cause an upset here especially if their batting order clicks. But apart from a couple of front-line spinners their bowling attack is their major drawback and it is likely to cost them again.

The Kiwis will be going great guns after that win in the second T20I. They have great depth in their batting line-up and it might just come in handy on this track. The New Zealand fast bowlers are once again likely to cause some issues to the Lankan batting order in conditions that suit their kind of bowling. So, handling Ben Lister and Adam Milne upfront might decide the fortunes of Sri Lanka in this match. We will bet with New Zealand to win this match and take the series.

Bonus Cricket Bets

  1. Betway


    Tom Latham to top-score for New Zealand.



Tom Latham is one of the leading middle-order batters for the Kiwis. You can expect him to come good in this crucial game and top score for New Zealand.

  1. 10CRIC


    Wanindu Hasaranga is to emerge as the best bowler for Sri Lanka.



Hasaranga is a world-class bowler for Sri Lanka. He is the bowler Sri Lanka will hope can provide vital breakthroughs in this game. You can bet on him to become the best bowler for Sri Lanka in this encounter.

  1. Rajabets


    New Zealand to score more than 6 runs in the first over of their innings.



New Zealand top order batting was in prime form in the second game of the series with the team romping home with 9 wickets to spare. You can bet on them to score more than 6 runs in the first over of their innings in this game as well.

Today Match Prediction

New Zealand To Win the Match, 1.43

Bet Tip Here

Who will win NZ vs SL

New Zealand 64.77% (125)
Sri Lanka 35.23% (68)
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