New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Third ODI preview
New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Third ODI preview

New Zealand and Sri Lanka are ready to face off in the third one-day international of the three-match series in Nelson on Tuesday.

The home side have already clinched the series after winning first two matches – first by 45 and second by 21 runs respectively.

Therefore, the Black Caps will enter in the contest full of confidence and will be hoping to complete series sweep.

In the batting department, the team management will be depending on in-form openers Martin Guptill, Collin Munro and veteran duo of captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to score bulk of runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace attack to do most of the damage.

On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be bitterly disappointed after failing to cross over the line in last two matches despite putting a wonderful show with the bat while chasing a huge target.
In the batting department, the team management will be relying on in-form Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella and Danushka Gunathilaka to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be on the likes of Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Pradeep to provide timely breakthroughs.

Saxton Oval is the venue which will be hosting the match. This will be the 10th fixture which will take place at the venue and the fourth between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Highest team score at the venue of 322-4 was registered by Bangladesh in the match against Scotland.

Key players:

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Azeem Siddiqui
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