The New Zealand team headed by Kane Williamson is a young and talented team. The odds are in their favor. They have Sri Lanka, no doubt. But, it was always not in an English wicket. But, as the Lankan team is a very weak side, Kane’s side has an edge over them!
Sri Lankan team is not a match to any team in the world right now. But, the ageing but experienced bowler in Lasith Malinga is not an ordinary one!
His protégé,so to say, our own Indian fast bowler mastered the art of sling shot bowling and , today is a spear head of Indian bowling attack. Malinga started this type of bowling which in the cricketing world was new.
Sir Jeff Thompson had similar style, but he was a side on bowler. Used to take a small run up and fire on all cylinders! But, no sling shot tactics here. He was the fastest during his time. Along with Denis Lillie, He was the the dangerous opening bowler!
A Bowler has only 10 overs.Malinga will be employed in the first 3 overs, then he will be brought in the middle to break partnerships of engaging batsmen. Then, relegated to death overs!!
The carom bowler Ajanta Mendis is missing in action! He was a mystery bowler. The other ten overs are most critical. Also,Malinga ona given day, may go for runs as well!
Kane Williamson has a very strong batting line up in Martin Guptil, The old war horse, Ross Taylor, The opener Henry Nicholls,emerging batsman James Neesham, also himself who is a match winner.
Kane Williamson is a new talented player who will go places. He beat Sri Lanka 3-0 recently. Has a strong head over his shoulders.
He knows this Sri Lankan team headed by Dimuth Karunaratneis a non-starter. It’s a new side. Need to have adequate exposure. The senior players will retire after this world cup. The new side need time to evolve.
Unfortunately, either by batting first or by chasing they are not a match for New Zealand team.
But, they may not bow down like a Pakistan team which folded up yesterday in the second match of the world cup for a very miserly 105 runs and that too in 20 overs!
Sri Lanka play fast bowling well. Angelo Mathews, the all-rounder has enough experience, so as Thisera Pereira.
Kusal Mendis is a batsman who has a repertoire of shots. Has proved himself a lot again and again.
But, New Zealand are very much tipped favorites for the match, as they are a strong team and Sri Lanka is no match for them.
New Zealand, were runners up in the previous world cup, was very strong throughout the tournament and are match winners, have a very balanced side.
Trent Boult and Tim Southee are known for their accuracy in bowling and manage many a scalps of the opponent’s top batsmen as well and are brilliant in polishing up the tail also!
Sophiagardens at Cardiff is a good ground.
Unfortunately, whoever bats first need to have more than 275-290 runs on board. If Sri Lanka wins the toss and takes up batting good for them.
This strong New Zealand team is excellent in chasing. But, Sri Lanka are a good fielding side.
If New Zealand takes up batting and Sri Lanka has to chase, then in today’s scenario it is next to impossible of a win.
They will deliver the match in a platter to Kane’s New Zealand!!