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.

T20I Cricket Tips – New Zealand V 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.

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.

Sri Lanka were not without their standout performers, however.

Kusal Perera and Thisara Perera both scored outstanding centuries during the series.

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.

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.

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.

Tip: Top New Zealand Batsman – Colin Munro @ $3.60