NZ vs SL: Preview, Predicted Playing XI, Live Streaming
New Zealand (Source: AP Newsroom)
It was all rain the day before this game, which saw two matches getting abandoned, making the points table all more interesting. The 27th match of the T20 World Cup 2022 will see New Zealand taking on Sri Lanka in an all-important clash at Sydney Cricket Ground.
While the Kiwis are on top of the table by virtue of having a better Net Run Rate, they do look settled after beating hosts Australia convincingly in the first game. However, their previous clash against Afghanistan was washed out due to persistent rains.
Conversely, Sri Lanka have played two and won one of them while losing the other. The team performed well against the hosts in the previous match but, unfortunately, lost out on a crucial stage.
Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 27th match, Super 12 Group 1, T20 World Cup 2022
Date and Time: 29th October 2022, Saturday; 01:30 PM IST
Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
Live Streaming and Broadcast: Star Sports Network and Disney+ Hotstar
Pitch Report: The pitch at the SCG has been more supportive to batters, with spinners coming into play as the match progresses. However, with an average score of around 170, the teams winning the toss might want to bat first on this wicket.
Probable Playing XI
New Zealand: Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult.
Sri Lanka: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha.
It will be an extremely tough call to make, given the number of upsets we have seen in this edition. Of course, one should never discount Sri Lanka with the show they have put on in the last month or so, but to pick one would be New Zealand, given their performance against the hosts.