New Zealand and Sri Lanka will cross swords in the 27th match of the T20 World Cup 2022 at the SCG on Saturday (29th October).
The Black Caps are leading the points table in Group 1 with 3 points in 2 games while Sri Lanka are placed at the third spot.
Sri Lanka started their Super 12 campaign with a convincing 9-wicket victory over Ireland but they lost their next game against the Australian side.
Batting first, Sri Lanka posted 157 runs on the scoreboard. Pathum Nissanka and Charith Asalanka scored 40 and 38 runs respectively for their side.
In reply, Australia comfortably chased down the total in 16.3 overs. Marcus Stoinis smashed a blistering knock of 59 runs off 18 balls including 4 fours and 6 sixes.
On the other hand, New Zealand thrashed the home side Australia by a huge margin of 89 runs in their opening match of the tournament. But unfortunately, their second game against Afghanistan got washed out due to rain.
New Zealand shared points with Afghanistan but still, they are at the top of the table with 3 points in 2 games.
Live Streaming and Broadcast
This match will be broadcast live on Star Sports network while the Live streaming will be available on the Disney + Hotstar app & web.
Teams – New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Date – 29th October 2022
Time – 1:30 PM IST
Venue – Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney
Average 1st innings total
The average 1st innings score at the SCG is 160 runs.
Head-to-Head record in T20Is:
Here is the head-to-head record between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in T20 Internationals.
Total Matches Played – 19
New Zealand won – 10
Sri Lanka won – 8
Tie/ No Result – 1
The pitch at SCG is known as a batting-friendly wicket where the batters will get full value for their shots.
The fast bowlers will might get some help from the surface early on but the spinners can play a key role in the middle overs.
The team winning the toss might like to bat first and put pressure on the opposition by posting a big total on the board.
The temperature is expected to hover around 18°C on the match day with 60 % humidity and 15 km/hr wind speed. There is a 10 percent chance of precipitation during the match.
Possible Playing XI:
Here are the possible playing XIs of both teams,
Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson ©, Glenn Phillips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult
Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka ©, Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara
Who will win?
Sri Lanka has played some excellent cricket in the past few months.
The Asia Cup Champions have a good bowling unit but New Zealand is looking a better side on paper. New Zealand will also be highly confident after their brilliant victory against Australia.
Hence, we predict that New Zealand will beat Sri Lanka in the 27th match of this T20 World Cup 2022.