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Road Safety Series Match 16: SL-L vs NZ-L Fantasy Preview and MPL Top Picks

Match: Sri Lanka Legends vs New Zealand Legends (SL-L vs NZ-L)

Date: September 24, Saturday, 7:30 PM IST

Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun

New Zealand Legends will take on Sri Lanka Legends in Match 16 of the Road Safety World Series 2022 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Dehradun.

The Sri Lankans have made a great start to their campaign, with convincing wins in all their three games so far. Against Australia, they scored 218 in 20 overs while losing only a solitary wicket, before bowling them out for 180 in 18 overs. Against England, Sanath Jayasuriya’s four wickets helped Sri Lanka bowl out the opponents for 78 runs, which they chased down comfortably. And in the most recent game against South Africa, they successfully defended a target of 165 runs.

The New Zealand Legends, on the other hand, have won one of their two completed games, which two matches produced no result. Their win over Bangladesh Legends came on the back of some excellent bowling. In a rain-curtailed 11-over per side match, New Zealand Legends restricted the opponents to 98 for 3 before comfortably chasing down the target. Their games against India Legends and West Indies Legends were washed out, which means the New Zealand Legends have not really got enough games to play so far.

Ahead of the 16th game of the Road Safety World Series 2022, let’s look at the head to head of both the teams, pitch report, weather update, top picks for your MPL fantasy team and more.

Weather update and pitch report for SL-L vs NZ-L

The Rajiv Gandhi Stadium in Dehradun last hosted a T20 international game in 2019, between Afghanistan and Ireland. But the surface is generally batting friendly. Only six T20 game has been played at this venue in the past, of which four were won by the team batting first. The average first innings score is 177, while the average second innings score is 151. The highest and lowest total recorded here is 278 for 3 and 122 for 10.

The weather during the game will be mostly cloudy. The temperature will fluctuate between 25 to 28 degrees. There is a slight chance of rain.

New Zealand legends team news and predicted XI

Team news – New Zealand Legends, whose games against India Legends and West Indies Legends were washed out, have played only two completed games so far, winning one and losing the other. In their win over Bangladesh, the Kiwis put up an excellent bowling performance restrict the opponents to 98 for 3 before chasing down the target.

Squad: Ross Taylor (C), Jacob Oram, Jamie How, Jason Spice, Kyle Mills, Scott Styris, Shane Bond, Dean Brownlie, Bruce Martin, Neil Broom, Aaron Redmond, Anton Devcich, Craig McMillan, Gareth Hopkins, and Hamish Bennett.

Predicted XI: Jamie How, Aaron Redmond, Dean Brownlie, Ross Taylor (c), Neil Broom, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Hamish Bennett, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Shane Bond

Sri Lanka Legends team news and predicted XI

Team news: Sri Lanka Legends are currently the table toppers after winning all their first three matches. They are unlikely to make any changes to their playing XI.  

Squad: Sanath Jayasuriya, Tillakaratne Dilshan (c), Upul Tharanga (w), Chamara Kapugedera, Chamara Silva, Thisara Perera, Chaturanga de Silva, Kaushalya Weeraratne, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chaminda Vaas, Dhammika Prasad, Dilruwan Perera, Mahela Udawatte, Chinthaka Jayasinghe, Jeevan Mendis, Ishan Jayaratne, Dilshan Munaweera, Asela Gunaratne

Predicted XI: Dilshan Munaweera, Tillakaratne Dilshan (c), Upul Tharanga (w), Chaturanga de Silva, Asela Gunaratne, Isuru Udana, Nuwan Kulasekara, Chamara Silva, Ishan Jayaratne, Jeevan Mendis, Chaminda Vaas

Head to head record

Sri Lanka Legends and New Zealand Legends have gone head to head before as this is the first season of the league for New Zealand Legends.

Five players to watch out for

Here we list five players you must pick in your MPL fantasy XI for SL-L vs NZ-L

Tillakaratne Dilshan – batsman, Sri Lanka Legends

Tillakaratne Dilshan was the showstopper for the Sri Lanka Legends in their first game of the Road Safety Series 2022. He became the first player in the tournament to score a century. Dilshan scored 107 runs off 56 balls laced with 14 boundaries and four maximums. The former Sri Lanka international played 80 T20Is, scoring 1889 runs at an average of 28.19 and strike rate of 120.54. He also played 330 ODIs and 87 Tests.

Dilshan Munaweera – batsman, Sri Lanka Legends

Tillakaratne Dilshan’s opening partner Dilshan Munaweera was not able to convert his starts in the last two outings, but scored unbeaten on 95 off 63 balls laced with 10 boundaries and two maximums in the game against Australia Legends. He will now eye another significant knock in the next game. Dilshan played two ODI and 13 T20Is for Sri Lanka between 2012 and 2017.

Sanath Jayasuriya – bowler, Sri Lanka legends

Sanath Jayasuriya put up a sensational bowling performance in the game against England Legends. He finished with figures of 4/3 from his four overs, including two maidens and an economy rate of only 0.80. Jayasuriya, one of the biggest names in Sri Lankan cricket, played 110 Tests, 445 ODIs and 31 T20Is.

Dean Brownlie – batsman, New Zealand Legends

Dean Brownlie was the best performer for New Zealand Legends in their opening game of the series against South Africa. He scored 48 runs off as many balls laced with four fours and a six. In the next game against Bangladesh Legends, he scored an unbeaten 31. Brownlie has good starts in his T20 career, comprising an average and strike rate of 22.40 and 142.48.

Kyle Mills – bowler, New Zealand Legends

Kyle Mills was excellent in the game against Bangladesh. He picked up two wickets while conceding only 11 runs in two overs. In 42 T20 internationals for New Zealand, Mills picked up 43 wickets. He announced retirement from all forms of cricket in 2015.

MPL fantasy XI – SL-L vs NZ-L

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

The Sri Lanka Legends vs New Zealand Legends game of the Road Safety World Series 2022 will be televised live on Colors Cineplex. You can also watch the game on the Voot app. The match will begin at 7.30 PM IST on September 24.

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. 

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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