Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I Match Prediction2019-09-07
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, Sri Lanka
Man of the Match: Lasith Malinga
?New Zealand extends their lead by 10-7 against Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals.
?Lasith Malinga is 1 wicket away from becoming the first player in the T20 Internationals to take 100 wickets.
?NZ can achieve a rare feat of completing whitewash three times in a row against a test playing nation in T20 Internationals.
CRICBETTINGBUZZ PREDICTION: Sri Lanka to win the match!
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The two teams just copy-pasted all the thrills from their first encounter and added some more flavors in their second chapter. There was a huge blow for the Kiwis before the toss as their Man of the match Taylor had a niggle and he will not be playing the second encounter
Sri Lanka won the toss and they opted to bat. The in-form Mendis started things for Sri Lanka with a boundary. He then crunched two more sixes and was in the mood before getting deceived to a slower delivery from Rance. Perera joined the other Kusal soon in the dugout as he dragged on Ish Sodhi’s wider delivery to stumps. Sri Lanka were 40 for 2 when Dickwella and Fernando joined hands. They kept the spinners at bay and smacking the seamers as they stitched together a 50-run stand. Just when the momentum was turning towards the hosts, Santner took a ripper at extra cover off Southee’s slower delivery to send Fernando for an impressive 37. Shanaka was removed for a duck with a searing Yorker from Kuggeleijn. Wickets were falling too regularly as Dickwella got another good nut from Rance and he got out LBW. Jayasuriya tried to up the scoring rate with a couple of blows before falling to Southee, who ended with astonishing figures of 2 for 18 in 4 overs. Rance took the dangerous-looking Udana and he completed his quota with 3 for 33. Cameos from lower-order took them past 160.
Before the chase commenced NZ had another blow as there were speculations around Guptill’s participation in the chase. Seifert accompanied Munro and they were off to a flier with4 boundaries in no time. Munro picked the long-on perfectly as Dananjaya took first off, his 3 wickets. The move to send Kuggeleijn backfired as he got out after hitting a six. Seifert soon followed, both getting LBW to Dananjaya and they NZ were tottering at 40 for 3. Grandhomme continued his fine form from his previous game as he launched Jayasuriya into the stands. Bruce and Colin were constantly rotating strikes. Both struggled to read Sandakan as the spinners bowled some good overs. Grandhomme smashed 16 runs off Hasaranga and he reached his second international fifty as Kiwis were cruising this chase at 130 for 3 in 15 overs. Next three overs from Sandakan, Udana and Malinga just went for 15 runs. Pressure can do crazy things as Grandhomme failed to handle and got caught off Udana. Bruce reached his fifty to have NZ chase on course. With 7 needed off the final over, the chaos started as wickets fell in first two balls, both Bruce and Mitchell gone. He is not heavily built but how many times has Santner rescued them by hitting a six. The cool head finished things with a boundary as NZ took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.
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Skipper Lasith Malinga was happy in the way his team is performing. He believes that they are improving with each match. As he said the team is showing character which was reflected from how the youngsters are throwing themselves in the field. He would love to set his standards high in the final match. They just need to continue their performance with bat and ball from the previous game. Gunathilaka or Madhushanka might get a nod in this dead rubber.
Lakshan Sandakan: The chinaman bowled without much luck as he ended with figures of 0/16 in 4 overs. He would end up with wickets in this match if he continues the same.
Avishka Fernando: He threw it away after another attractive knock. But he was free-flowing in his 25-ball 37 and would love to convert his starts to a big one.
Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, Lahiru Madhushanka, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga
Kusal Perera (Wk), Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Gunathilaka/Madhushanka, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Lasith Malinga(C)
Not often bowlers can string successful spells in two consecutive matches, bowling crunch overs in this format and when you are doing that you are champion stuff. He followed his 2/20 with a 2/18, bowling in powerplays and death overs, deservingly MOM. Between their fast bowlers Southee, Rance, and Kuggeleijn they have claimed 7 wickets. With not much bench strength available, the team will dwell over the availability of either one of their senior pros, Guptill or Taylor for their final game. Meanwhile, Seifert, Bruce, and Mitchell will look to make full use of these chances and cement their places for the shortest format.
Colin De Grandhomme: He will look to finish the series on a high and will look to take that momentum to the Caribbean Premier League. His last three innings scores are 59, 44 and 83.
Mitchell Santner: He is continuing to bowl with control and building the pressure, economy rates of 5.5 and 7.1 in the last two games are the proof. He will like some numbers in the wicket column. But his 14 and 10 with the bat from the last two games were too crucial in the outcome of this series.
Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Scott Kuggeleijn, Hamish Rutherford, TD Astle, TG Southee
|C de Grandhomme||59||46||2||3||128.26|
Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (Wk), Ross Taylor/Martin Guptill, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Santner, Kuggelejin, Southee(C), Ish Sodhi, Rance
We can expect a full 40 overs like the previous matches and the pitch will look to offer some more assistance for spinners.
Both matches New Zealand won by chasing the target. Lankans would love to follow the same this time around.
Sri Lanka hasn’t been bad, but the Kiwis have had the men for pressure and are deservingly 2-0 up and thereby taking the series. But the depleted kiwis will find it difficult against the Sri Lanka line which is increasing their spinners quota. Watch out for the Lankan leggies!
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