Angelo Matthews will skipper Sri Lanka against New Zealand. Image courtesy of sportinglife.com
Sri Lanka will be looking to make amends for their defeat to the West Indies in the World Twenty20 Final earlier this month when they face New Zealand in a one off Twenty20 International at Pallekele on Tuesday.
Angelo Matthews will take the reins for the hosts, with Mahela Jayawardene having stepped down as skipper following last month’s defeat in Colombo. With Jayawardene and pace spearhead Lasith Malinga both being rested and Ajantha Mendis ruled out through injury, several young players are expected to be given a chance. Dilshan Munaweera remains the man most likely to partner Tillakaratne Dilshan at the top, while Dinesh Chandimal could be brought in to bolster the middle order. Off-spinning allrounder Sachithra Senanayake could also be in line for a recall.
Following a disappointing campaign in which they won just a solitary match from their five outings at the World Twenty20, the Black Caps have tried to introduce some youth into their squad. Tom Latham could return in the middle order after playing well for New Zealand ‘A’, while Kane Williamson is likely to be recalled in the absence of Martin Guptill. With the injection of youth into the side, the role of experienced hands Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor at the top of the order will be more important than ever.
New Zealand has won four of the past six T20 Internationals between the teams, although Sri Lanka won via a Super Over when the match between the sides at the World Twenty20 ended in a tie. That match was also played at Pallekele, where Sri Lanka has lost just one of the six short format matches that it has played.
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