Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview loads up with T20I cricket tips for New Zealand’s one-off match against Sri Lanka.
17:00 (AEDT) @ Eden Park, Auckland
History: Played 15: New Zealand 7 V Sri Lanka 7 (1 No Result)
Last Meeting: January 10, 2016: New Zealand d Sri Lanka by 9 wickets at Eden Park
Final Thoughts: New Zealand are looking to cap comprehensive Test and ODI series victories over touring Sri Lanka with a win in the one-off T20I clash.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 10, 2019
The Black Caps swept the one-day series 3-0 earlier this month.
Martin Guptill smashed 138 in his long-awaited return from injury in a 45-run win in the first match; Colin Munro (87) and Ross Taylor (90) led the way in a 21-run success in game two; and Taylor (137) and Henry Nicholls (124*) were brilliant in a 115-run game three rout.
— ICC (@ICC) January 8, 2019
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 8, 2019
Sri Lanka were not without their standout performers, however.
Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera both scored outstanding centuries during the series.
— Sri Lanka Cricket (@OfficialSLC) January 5, 2019
New Zealand take an almost identical squad into this T20 showdown, though in-form all-rounder Jimmy Neesham has been ruled out injured and captain Kane Williamson will sit out the match.
The Black Caps had a rough 2018 at T20I level, winning just two of 11 games. They were swept 3-0 by No.1-ranked Pakistan in November. Sri Lanka won four of their nine T20Is last year, including home upsets of India and South Africa.
Southee takes the reins!
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 9, 2019
New Zealand have a 3-1 record against Sri Lanka in home Twenty20 internationals. The nations’ most recent meeting at this level was in 2016, with the Black Caps claiming a 2-0 series win in NZ.
Ominously for Sri Lanka, Guptill (58 and 63) and Munro (36 and 50*) were superb with the bat in both encounters.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 7, 2019
New Zealand have lost their last five T20Is at Eden Park but their dominance over Sri Lanka this summer makes them tough to bet against – despite Sri Lanka’s enticing $3.03 head-to-head value.
Munro has two centuries and five fifties at this level in the past 14 months. The big-hitting looks a good option to top-score.