The pitches during the Champions Trophy provided a fair amount of assistance to the seamers in 2017, but the most recent ODI at this venue saw 646 runs being racked up. However, the pitch was so green on the eve of the match that it was indistinguishable from the outfield. Cardiff has had some spells of rain in the past week, but the weather is expected to be fine for the duration of the match.
New Zealand’s first-choice wicketkeeper Tom Latham has resumed training at full tilt and is available for Saturday’s game. New Zealand might have to make a choice between left-arm spinner Santner and Ish Sodhi on the spin front. Tim Southee missed training on Friday and is a doubt with a calf strain, meaning Matt Henry could keep his place despite leaking 107 runs in nine overs in the warm-up against West Indies. Lahiru Thirimanne is set to open with Karunaratne, but the rest of the line-up is pretty difficult to predict.
Watch SL v NZ cricket highlights videos today – 3rd match, ICC Cricket World Cup from Sophia Gardens, Cardiff (England) Saturday, 1-6-2019.
New Zealand v Sri Lanka Icc Cricket World Cup 2019 Highlights
NZ won the toss and will bowl first.
New Zealand team
MJ Guptill, C Munro, KS Williamson (c), LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham †, JDS Neesham, C de Grandhomme, MJ Santner, MJ Henry, LH Ferguson, TA Boult.
Sri Lanka team
FDM Karunaratne (c), HDRL Thirimanne, MDKJ Perera †, BKG Mendis, AD Mathews, DM de Silva, BMAJ Mendis, NLTC Perera, I Udana, RAS Lakmal, SL Malinga.
Match Timings: 10.30 start, First Session 10.30-14.00 Interval 14.00-14.45, Second Session 14.45-18.15
Umpires – Rod Tucker, Ian Gould
TV Umpires – Nigel Llong
Match Referee – Andy Pycroft
Reserve Umpire – Paul Wilson
Match number – ODI no. 4145