New Zealand v Sri Lanka 3rd ODI Tips, Predictions and Match Preview - Black Caps bid for a whitewash

New Zealand and Sri Lanka

New Zealand survived a Thisara Perera scare to win the second ODI against Sri Lanka by 21 runs. That makes the third ODI a dead rubber, but both sides will look to test their bench strengths at the Saxton Oval in Nelson on Tuesday.

Interestingly, Sri Lanka’s last win in New Zealand has come at this venue in December 2015. Although they have lost the next three ODIs here, there is enough hope in the visiting camp.

New Zealand

Martin Guptill (151 runs) continues to lead the batting charts, but it is the consistent Ross Taylor (144 runs) who has been the mainstay for the Kiwis. With Colin Munro and James Neesham also clocking 100+ runs, New Zealand are enjoying the fruits of their batting.

This has not been a series for the bowlers on either side. James Neesham and Ish Sodhi have picked up five wickets each so far. They both remain the only bowlers to concede under six an over this series.

Sri Lanka

Perera’s blitz in the second ODI reiterated how much Sri Lanka depend on his all-round skills (144 runs @ SR 182.28, two wickets). Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, and Danushka Gunathilaka have only impressed in patches.

Bowling has been way below par, as Sri Lanka struggled in both the games. Scores of 371/7 and 319/7 indicate their worries in controlling the Kiwis. Although the flat tracks aren’t helping the bowlers one bit, even Lasith Malinga’s struggles throw question marks over Sri Lanka’s chances.

Match Up

Taylor and Neesham give them solidity, while the top-order with Guptill and Munro is always dangerous. There could be some changes to their line-up with the series already won, but the Kiwis look a confident unit.

Sri Lanka are the exact opposite of that, as the scars of continuous losses continue to haunt them. Their players have been shining only in patches, as inconsistency remains an Achilles’ Heel.

History & Statistics

  • New Zealand have won 27 of 42 ODIs against Sri Lanka at home.
  • New Zealand have won 40 of their last 52 home ODIs.
  • Four of New Zealand’s last six bilateral home series have been whitewashes.
  • Ross Taylor has 7 50+ scores in his last eight visits to the crease in the ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka have lost 35 of their last 46 completed ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka have no wins in their last 12 completed matches (Tied 1, lost 11) in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia (SENA).

Key Players

In a team of hard-hitters, the presence of Taylor gives New Zealand a certain comfort. His consistency has been immaculate and augurs well for the side chasing a white wash.

Malinga has an interesting role to play for the Lankans in the ICC World Cup year. The Lankan captain will look to get some confidence back in the squad, making his dual role as captain-strike bowler come under the scanner.


Back New Zealand to score the most in the first 15 overs @ $1.50 (Ladbrokes).

Back the total number of sixes to be at least 13 @ $1.83 (bet365).

Back Lasith Malinga to be the top Sri Lanka bowler @ $3.25 (Ladbrokes).

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