SL vs NZ | 3rd T20 Match | 06-09-2019 19:00

Time : 06 Sep (FRI), 07:00 pm (IST)
Series : New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka, 2019
Venue : Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele

Updates After Toss (Last 30 Minutes Updates Area )

SL vs NZ Toss Info: 
Sri Lanka have won the toss and have opted to bat

New Zealand (Playing XI): 
Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Seifert(w), Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee(c), Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi, Scott Kuggeleijn.

Sri Lanka (Playing XI):
Kusal Perera(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka, Isuru Udana, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga(c), Lakshan Sandakan.

Team Form in Last Five Matches (most recent first)
SL : L, L, L, L, T
NZ : W, W, W, L, W


  • New Zealand's confidence will be sky high after having secured wins in the first two matches to clinch the T20I series. 
  • Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya are likely to miss this match due to injuries and their absence will weaken Sri Lanka's batting. 
  • Sri Lanka have two quality spinners in Akila Dananjaya and Lakshan Sandakan and these two can cause ripples in New Zealand's line-up.

SL vs NZ 3rd T20 Weather Report

Plenty of cloud cover is expected throughout the game on Friday. However, the chances of precipitation are very low and so there should be a full 40-overs contest. Temperature should be around 24-26 degrees Celsius while humidity is likely to be between 79% and 84% during the match.

SL vs NZ 3rd T20 Pitch Condition

The first two T20 internationals of the ongoing series that have been played at Pallekele have produced high-scoring thrillers with 160+ having been scored each time. This goes to show how good the wicket has been for batting and one can expect similar conditions on Friday as well.

SL vs NZ 3rd T20 Toss Prediction

New Zealand batted second in both the matches and went on to win on both occasions. Pallekele has offered good batting conditions this series and so setting a target can be a little tricky here. The toss-winning team, therefore, will probably choose to chase this time around.

Team News

SL Team News

Sri Lanka are likely to be without batsmen Shehan Jayasuriya and Kusal Mendis for this third T20 international. Both collided on the boundary while fielding in the second T20I and have picked up leg injuries. Danushka Gunathilaka is likely to replace Mendis. The hosts could consider going in with an extra seam option in Lahiru Kumara as a replacement for Jayasuriya. The Sri Lankan team management have decided not to call up any replacements in the squad for the injured duo.

NZ Team News

New Zealand face a few injury concerns ahead of this upcoming SL vs NZ 2019 match. Martin Guptill and Tom Bruce suffered abdomen and knee injuries respectively in the second T20 international. While the latter's fitness is being monitored, the former has been ruled out of this tour-ending game. Hamish Rutherford has been called up in the squad and he is likely to feature in the starting eleven in case Bruce is declared unfit on the eve of the match. All-rounder Lockie Ferguson is already out with a broken finger and the Kiwis will be praying that there are no further injuries in their camp leading up to this match.

Predicted Playing 11

Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11

Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (c), Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Lahiru Kumara

New Zealand Predicted Playing 11

Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Scott Kuggeleijn, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Bruce/Hamish Rutherford, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee (c), Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi

SL vs NZ Fantasy Teams

Team 1 (Head to Head or 3/4 Members League Team )

*Updated team

1. K Perera 
2.  Avishka Fernando
3.  T Siefert
4.  R Taylor
5.  C Munro (VC)
6.  I Udana
7.  C de Grandhomme (C)
8.  L Malinga
9.  A Dananjaya
10. T Southee
11. S Rance / D Gunathilaka

Team 2 (Grand League - Risky Team Guide)

Team 2 (Risky Team Guide) for GL will be after toss.

SL vs NZ Key Players:

SL Key Players

Niroshan Dickwella: 
He seems to be in good touch and Sri Lanka's middle-order batting is going to depend heavily on him. The left-hander has scored 33 and 39 in the two matches and he will look to score big this time around.

Akila Dananjaya: 
he off-spinner will be the biggest threat in this Sri Lankan bowling attack. He has taken four wickets in the series and is coming on the back of a three-wicket haul in the last match.

Avishka Fernando: 
Sri Lanka's number three is another key man when it comes to batting. Avishka has made some fine contributions in the recent past - he scored 82 in an ODI against Bangladesh and 37 off 25 balls last time out.

Kusal Perera: 
He is one of the leading run-getters at Pallekele in T20 internationals with 165 runs in four matches. The left-handed batsman is averaging 41.25 here and is having a strike-rate rate of 141.02. Perera even has a couple of half-centuries at this ground.

NZ Key Players

Tim Southee:
With four wickets in the series, Southee is currently leading the wickets charts. The fast bowler has picked up a couple of scalps in both the matches and is having a very impressive economy of 4.75.

Colin de Grandhomme:
The all-rounder has scored the most runs for New Zealand in this series. After scoring a 28-ball 44 in the first T20I, de Grandhomme cracked a half-century in the second match and the team will want him to continue his good form.

Colin Munro:
The left-handed opener is one of the most feared batsmen in world cricket and can bat the opposition out of the game once he gets set. Munro has scored only 13 runs this series and he will look to silence his critics with a blistering knock on Friday.


Recent Forms:

SL Recent Form

The four-wicket loss last time out was Sri Lanka's fifth defeat in the six T20 internationals that they have played so far this year. After losing the one-off T20I against New Zealand at Auckland at the start of the year, they suffered a 0-2 series defeat at the hands of South Africa. In the ongoing series, Sri Lanka have lost the first two games - by five wickets and four wickets respectively. The hosts have had a good series with the bat and they have managed to pick up early wickets with the ball.

NZ Recent Form

New Zealand have now won five out of the six T20 internationals they have played so far this year including the previous three in a row. They came into this Sri Lanka series on the back of a 2-1 win over India at home in February. The Black Caps have emerged victorious in both the matches of the ongoing T20I series at Pallekele. After taking a beating in the opening game, their bowlers put up a much better performance last time, restricting the Lankans to 161/9

SL vs NZ Prediction:

New Zealand have already clinched the series with wins in the first two matches. They have now won their last three T20Is on the bounce and will be carrying plenty of momentum and confidence with them into this game. The Kiwis, however, have lost their opener Martin Guptill due to injury and that could affect their batting at the top of the order. But Sri Lanka have bigger problems with Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya both highly unlikely for this game. Although both the teams have been neck-and-neck in this T20I series, we expect New Zealand to complete a 3-0 clean sweep.


Sri Lanka -
Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (WK), Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga (C), Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Akila Dananjaya, Lakshan Sandakan, Wanidu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushranka

New Zealand -
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (WK), Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (C), Seth Rance, Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle.

All the best


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