Watch Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Live Streaming/Live Scorecard played on 9th June 2013. Sunday will see the 4th match of the ICC Champion Trophy 2013 played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand at Sophia Garden in Cardiff. The previous fixture at the venue between South Africa and India turned out to be a high scoring affair, fans will be hoping for a repeat of this.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Live Match
At the top of the order will be the biggest obstacle to overcome for Sri Lanka, the might figure of Martin Guptill. He played two cameos during the recent series against England, and seems to be in some of the best form of his career. The Black Caps won the series against England 2-1, they will therefor enter this fixture oozing with confidence.
They are led by influential captain Brendon McCullum who likes to lead by example. They have plenty of swing bowling amongst them, which will certainly come in handy against the likes of Sangakkara and Jayawardene. Nathan McCullum has done the holding role successfully for New Zealand in the middle overs, he might find this task slightly more difficult against a team that is accustomed to play spin.
Sri Lanka lost both their warm-up fixtures, both high scoring affairs against India and the West Indies. The young figure of Kusal Perera will be the key batsman for them, he currently has a ODI average of 55.33 after just 7 matches, and many have tagged him as the next Jayasuriya.
The rest of the top order is a nice blend of youth and experience, capable of scoring effortlessly. The bowling will rely heavily on Lastih Malinga, both to strike early, and to restrict scoring in the death over. The key contest will be Malinga bowling to Guptill, a contest that could decide the outcome of the fixture.
Head to Head
Closer then what many might think, Sri Lanka have won 37 of the 78 matches against New Zealand, the Black Caps with 35 wins. When looking at averages, Angelo Matthews has the highest against New Zealand opposition at 42.75 from 10 matches. It’s clear that the New Zealand victories in the past have come from team efforts, due to the fact that only one player in the New Zealand squad averages above 30 against Sri Lankan opposition, this being a all-rounder in the form of James Franklin.