New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka: World Cup Match 3 Preview
New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka: World Cup Match 3 Preview

Runners-up four years ago, New Zealand start their World Cup 2019 campaign against Sri Lanka at Cardiff. The venue, like all tracks in England, is a beautiful batting deck, however, the early start indicates that seamers could get some help initially. With New Zealand having bowlers like Trent Boult and Tim Southee, the former wreaked havoc against India in the warm-ups, might look to bowl first if they win the toss.  

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, are in a dismal run in ODIs, and are ranked ninth in the world at the moment, with only Afghanistan ranked lower than them in this World Cup. They have a new leader, and how he manages his troops will go a long way in determining the team's progress. They, though, will have a tough game against New Zealand, who won all three games they played against the Lankans in their ODI series in January - bowling the visitors out in all three ODIs. 

Player Recommendations:  

Wicket-keeper: Tom Latham (8.5 credits) 

Latham has a sharp footwork and thrives on slow pitches, as against players like Guptill, Williamson or Taylor, who struggle when the pitch is not a good batting deck. He has a good defense game against the quicks as well, and with a batting average of around 34 - more than the other Sri Lankans in fray - he is a good pick at 8.5 credits. 

Batsman: Ross Taylor (10 credits) 

The player is in supreme form in ODI cricket.

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