Pitch and weather: New Zealand as whole might not have fond memories of the Chinnaswamy stadium, but their batters might, having plundered 401 against Pakistan. Sri Lanka too will remember fondly their win against England here. Now if only the rain will keep away.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Highlights 2023, ICC CWC 2023 41st Match, M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, Thursday 9-11-2023.
“A little bit of weather around. A few unknowns,” says Williamson. “Our focus has been on the type of cricket we want to play. Hopefully we can make a few improvements on past performances. Those games could have gone either ways. Conditions change, that’s life. Important to address what’s in front. Lockie Ferguson in for Ish Sodhi. The pitch looks a bit different to the last one.”
“We wanted to bowl first,” says Kusal. “We have played good cricket, will look to put a good total on the board. Very important game for us today. New Zealand is a very calm team, no pressure after our last game. [On returning to a ground where they beat England] Hope we do well. Kasun Rajitha is out, Chamika Karunaratne is in.”
Toss: New Zealand chose to field.
Sri Lanka team: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis (c)†, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Angelo Mathews, Dhananjaya de Silva, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Dushmantha Chameera, Dilshan Madushanka.
New Zealand team: Devon Conway, Rachin Ravindra, Kane Williamson (c), Daryl Mitchell, Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Tom Latham †, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 101
Sri Lanka Won: 41
New Zealand Won: 51
Sri Lanka ODI Rankings: 5th
New Zealand ODI Rankings: 7th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
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New Zealand LLLLW
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Adrian Holdstock, Joel Wilson
TV Umpire – Richard Kettleborough
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Paul Reiffel
Match number – ODI no. 4698
Post Match Presentation
“First ten overs, we lost three-four wickets, hence we struggled with the bat. If we had a good partnership in the middle overs, we could have had 300+ on this wicket. Dilshan Madushanka bowled well, but since they were chasing a small total, it was difficult. [On taking captaincy over mid-tournament from Dasun Shanaka] I got the captaincy after two games. Quite enjoyed it. Disappointed with my own performance, but enjoyed the captaincy. Very happy to see a couple of young players putting their hands up to perform. They are our future.”
“Really good performance… early wickets and spin was challenging. The wicket slowed down and the guys played with intent in the second half. We expected the first [pitch vs Pakistan] like that but were not sure. We thought there will be a bit of weather but there was none. We knew Sri Lanka can be strong. Perera was strong at the top but the wickets we picked up went a long way in restricting them.
There was not much for the seamers but they kept it strong. Great to get our fifth and sixth spinners in the tournament. There’s a few teams that could end up on similar points. Not in our control. We will be having a couple of days off, not sure what’s happening. [Playing India] These things don’t happen. Especially the back end being so close. Playing semis is special but playing the home team will be challenging. Looking forward to it if we are fortunate enough to have it.”
Trent Boult, Player of the Match:
“Nice to get a bit of success at the top. A must-win game, the pleasure is about getting the result. [Personal form] It is a challenging part of the world opening the bowling. Nice to get a decent outing. Always the biggest challenge of coming here is different conditions. Conditions have changed throughout. [On playing India in semi] Everyone wants to a piece of the strong home nation. Looking forward to it.”