NZ vs SL 1st ODI Match Prediction & Betting Tips
With the two-match Test series concluded, New Zealand and Sri Lanka begin their three-match ODI series at Eden Park on Saturday afternoon. This series is part of the Cricket World Cup Super League with New Zealand already qualified for the 2023 World Cup whereas Sri Lanka need at least 15 more points. Read on as we preview this series opener. The day-night ODI gets underway in Auckland at 14:00 local time.
New Zealand‘s team for the second ODI will be different and this match will give them their best opportunity to win in the series. We expect them to be too strong in home conditions in this game.
Sri Lanka need to win at least one game in this series so there will be no problem getting the team motivated. However, against a strong New Zealand team in Auckland, this will be a tough fixture.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match Live Streaming
TV channels: This match will be shown live on BT Sport, Spark Sport and Supreme TV
Live Streaming: Fans can stream the match on Amazon Prime.
NZ vs SL Match Toss Prediction
With humidity levels expected to rise across the game, we predict that both teams will want to field first in this opening ODI.
NZ vs SL, Eden Park Pitch Report
There will be good carry and bounce on this wicket but we also expect to see a green surface to assist the seam bowlers.
Auckland Weather Report
We are expecting cloudy conditions across this game with the temperature no higher than the low 20s in the earlier part of the game.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds, and match prediction for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match 2023
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
With the start of the IPL on the horizon, New Zealand are without some of their top players from the recently concluded Test series and others who specialise in white ball cricket. Tom Latham will captain the side with Finn Allen, Lockie Ferguson and Glenn Phillips only available for this match before leaving for India.
NZ Key Players
- Daryl Mitchell- the right-handed batter has taken his Test average up to 57.21 after a very successful 12 months. With Kane Williamson out of the side, he will take on extra responsibility in the batting order.
- Tom Latham- the 30 year old left-handed captain hit a century in the last ODI at Eden Park when he scored 145 not out against India last November.
- Lockie Ferguson- the right-arm fast bowler bowled a maiden over and took 3-59 at this venue in his last appearance and he will enjoy the conditions again in this match.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand are looking to end a run of three successive ODI defeats which were all inflicted on them by India earlier this year.
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New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Finn Allen, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c), Mark Chapman, Tom Blundell (wk), Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
We expect Sri Lanka to pick their strongest side across this series as they need to win at least one match to give themselves a chance of automatically qualifying for the 2023 World Cup. Pathum Nissanka returns to the team after missing the last ODI with a shoulder injury.
SL Key Players
- Pathum Nissanka- the 24 year old opener has established himself as Sri Lanka’s most consistent all-format batter. He hit 72 against India in his last ODI.
- Dasun Shanaka- the skipper was in fine form earlier this year against India and brings a record of two hundreds and three ODI half-centuries into this game.
- Wanindu Hasaranga- the bowling all-rounder is capable of winning a match with both bat and ball. His best ODI figures are 4-58.
SL Team Form
Sri Lanka were also beaten by India in their last three ODIs and suffered a 317 run defeat in their last game.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
Pathum Nissanka, Nuwanidu Fernando, Kusal Mendis (wk), Angelo Mathews, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Head to Head
This will be the 100th ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka with the hosts currently leading the head to head 49-41. New Zealand have won 11 of the last 13 ODI clashes between the sides.
NZ vs SL Head to Head Stats in ODI's
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Betting Odds
Although they are without some of their top players in this format, New Zealand come into this match as strong favourites.
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Who will win New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st ODI Match?
New Zealand were way too strong for Sri Lanka during the Test series but we expect the gap between the sides to be smaller in this format. However, the New Zealand XI certainly looks better in Auckland conditions.
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Prediction
This looks like being a very interesting ODI with New Zealand not at full strength, but with some players about to depart for the IPL, and Sri Lanka desperate for points in the World Cup Super League. We are predicting a close contest but are backing New Zealand’s superiority in home conditions to be critical. Overall, we are backing New Zealand to win.