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Cricket World Cup 2023: NZ vs SL Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, Cricket World Cup 2023 (NZ vs SL)

Date: November 9, Thursday, 2.00 PM IST

Venue: M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore

The upcoming clash between New Zealand and Sri Lanka in the 41st match of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on Thursday, November 9, carries significant stakes for New Zealand.

The Blackcaps have faced a challenging stretch, suffering four consecutive defeats in the tournament. Presently occupying the fourth position in the points table with four wins and an equal number of losses, they need to win this game to secure a spot in the semifinals. A loss will make their semi-finals hope very little.

Mitchell Santner stands out as New Zealand’s leading wicket-taker in the tournament, having claimed 14 wickets in eight matches. Rachin Ravindra has been their top run-scorer, amassing 523 runs in eight games at an impressive average of 74.71 and a strike rate of 107.39.

Sri Lanka, having endured three successive losses and being officially eliminated from semi-final contention after their defeat against Bangladesh, will be determined to end their campaign on a positive note against New Zealand.

Dilshan Madushanka has been Sri Lanka’s standout performer, leading the wicket-taking charts with 21 wickets in eight matches. Sadeera Samarawickrama holds the distinction of being their top run-scorer, accumulating 372 runs in eight games at an average of 62.

Ahead of the 41st game of Cricket World Cup 2023, here’s everything you need to know to maximise your chances of winning cash prizes on MPL fantasy.

Weather update and pitch report for NZ vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023 

The M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru has been a witness to high-scoring encounters, with an average first innings score of 265 in the 29 ODIs hosted at the venue. In the ongoing ICC ODI World Cup 2023, the trend of high scores continues, with an average first innings score of 308. Notably, teams chasing have emerged victorious twice, while the team batting first has secured a win once. The most recent match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium witnessed New Zealand posting an imposing total of 401/6.

The weather forecast indicates a cloudy day and the likelihood of a couple of showers and thunderstorms leading up to the match. The temperatures are expected to range between 21 degrees Celsius to 26 degrees Celsius during the playing hours.

Sri Lanka team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka do not have any injury concerns and are unlikely to make any changes to the playing XI which recently lost to Bangladesh

Squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Mendis (vc), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dushan Hemantha, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Matheesha Pathirana, Lahiru Kumara, Dilshan Madushanka.

Predicted XI: 1 Pathum Nissanka, 2 Kusal Perera, 3 Kusal Mendis (capt, wk) 4 Sadeera Samarawickrama, 5 Charith Asalanka, 6 Angelo Mathews, 7 Dhananjaya de Silva, 8 Maheesh Theekshana, 9 Kasun Rajitha, 10 Dushmantha Chameera, 11 Dilshan Madushanka

New Zealand team news and predicted XI

Team news: Matt Henry has been ruled out of the remainder of the 2023 World Cup due to injury.

Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitch Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young

Playing XI: 1 Devon Conway, 2 Rachin Ravindra, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Daryl Mitchell, 5 Tom Latham (wk), 6 Glenn Phillips, 7 Mark Chapman, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ish Sodhi/Kyle Jamieson, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Tim Southee/Lockie Ferguson

Head-to-head record

In the 101 encounters between the two teams, New Zealand holds a 51-41 lead over Sri Lanka. Additionally, there has been one tied match, and eight games resulted in no result.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for NZ vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023

Dilshan Madushanka – bowler, Sri Lanka

Dilshan Madushanka has picked up wickets in every match Sri Lanka has played in the tournament so far. He is the leading wicket-taker in the 2023 World Cup, with 21 wickets in just 8 games. Madushanka comes into this game on the back of a good performance against Bangladesh, picking up three wickets.

Kane Williamson – batsman, New Zealand

Kane Williamson has not played most of New Zealand’s games in the 2023 World Cup due to an injury, but in the few games he has played, the batsman has impressed. In the last game, he contributed significantly with 95 runs, showcasing his consistency and capability with the bat. His proficiency against spin bowling further strengthens his potential impact in the match against spin-heavy Sri Lanka.

Sadeera Samarawickrama – batsman, Sri Lanka

Sadeera Samarawickrama has been the standout performer with the bat for Sri Lanka in the Cricket World Cup 2023. As the top run-scorer for the team, he has amassed an impressive total of 372 runs in eight games at an average of 62. His best score – an unbeaten 91 – came against the Netherlands.

Rachin Ravindra – batsman, New Zealand 

Rachin Ravindra is the leading run-scorer for New Zealand in the 2023 World Cup, with 523 runs in eight matches at an average of 74.71 and a strike rate of 107.39. In his previous outing, he scored 109 against Pakistan and will be looking to carry that form and momentum into this must-win game. Going by the form Rachin Ravindra is in, he is a good choice for your MPL team’s captaincy for this game.

Mitchell Santner – bowler, New Zealand

Mitchell Santner’s performance with the ball has made him the leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in the ricket World Cup 2023, with an impressive tally of 14 wickets in eight matches.

MPL fantasy XI – NZ vs SL, Cricket World Cup 2023


NZ vs SL – where and what time to watch the match live in India 

The New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI will be televised on the Star Sports Network in India. You can also watch the game on the Disney + Hotstar app. The match will begin at 2.00 PM IST on November 9.

Check out our detailed guide on fantasy cricket for more tips and tricks. https://www.mpl.live/blog/todays-match-prediction/

Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams. Note: The players recommended here need not be a part of the Playing 11 on game day. Users are advised to do their own research also and follow official sources and create their teams.

Umaima Saeed
A writer who primarily writes on cricket. As of 2021, she has covered cricket for more than a dozen publications.

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