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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup Tips - Top-four and top-eight finishes on the line

Siddhu
08 Nov 2023
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Siddhu Bharadwaj 08 Nov 2023
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  • New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup match predictions to be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday afternoon, Indian time
  • New Zealand have scored the most powerplay runs in their last 3 ODIs against Sri Lanka
  • Sri Lanka have conceded the most powerplay runs in 5 of their last 6 ODIs
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup
Can the Kiwis win against Sri Lanka and stay in the semis hunt? (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup


A top-four spot and a top-eight finish is on the line respectively for New Zealand and Sri Lanka as they face-off in Bengaluru. This match #41 of the ICC ODI World Cup will be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Thursday.
  • New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Team News
  • Sri Lanka Form
  • Sri Lanka Team News

Having lost the early steam, New Zealand need a win to stay in the race to semi-finals. Sri Lanka need a win too, as they target qualification for next year’s Champions Trophy. This match could be decided by the start and I am backing New Zealand to score more in the powerplay overs.

  • Sri Lanka have conceded the most powerplay runs in 5 of their last 6 matches (ODIs)
  • New Zealand have scored the most powerplay runs in their last 2 World Cup matches (ODIs)
  • New Zealand have scored the most powerplay runs in their last 3 matches against Sri Lanka (ODIs)
  • Dilshan Madushanka has been Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker in 7 of their last 8 matches (ODIs)
  • Rachin Ravindra has been New Zealand’s top-scorer in 2 of their last 3 matches (ODIs)

Head to Head


New Zealand have played Sri Lanka in 101 ODIs with 51 wins, while losing 41. Of the remaining matches, one ended in a tie and eight finished without a result.

The last time these sides played was in a three-match series in New Zealand in March when the Kiwis won 2-0 with one game abandoned.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand are 4th in the standings with eight points from eight matches. Their four wins have come from the first four matches and the losses have come in the next four!

The Kiwis are coming off a 21-run loss via DLS to Pakistan where they made 401 for 6 batting first. With the stakes high and three teams fighting for one final spot, New Zealand can’t afford a loss.

The form of Rachin Ravindra (523 runs) has been the brightest spot for the Kiwis, who have Mitch Santner (14 wickets) still leading their bowling charts.

New Zealand Team News


Ish Sodhi took some stick at this venue in the last match and his place could come in under threat from Lockie Ferguson or James Neesham.

Sri Lanka Form


Sri Lanka are eighth in the standings with four points from eight matches. They are in a battle to finish in the top-eight along with two other teams – Bangladesh and the Netherlands.

After starting with three defeats, the Islanders have won two games. Any thoughts of getting momentum in their game have evaporated with three straight defeats.

The loss to Bangladesh must have hurt as they came close on several occasions within the game. Sadeera Samarawickrama (372 runs) has been their best batter, while Dilshan Madushanka (21 wickets) has been their best bowler but there isn’t any support from the others.

Sri Lanka Team News


The Islanders may retain the same team that nearly did the work for them in the match against Bangladesh.

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This New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI World Cup will be played at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on November 9, Thursday starting at 2 pm IST.

Verdict

There’s enough context to this match as New Zealand are looking to finish in the top-four while Sri Lanka are looking to take a top-eight spot. The Kiwis have traditionally got the wood over Sri Lanka but with their recent form, it is tough to back them. The weather is also likely to play spoilsport, so we are putting our money in the powerplay market. I am backing New Zealand to score more powerplay runs.

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