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NZ vs SL Match Preview– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 41

The NZ vs SL ICC World Cup 2023 match will be played in Bengaluru on November 9, 2023. The match starts at 2 pm IST and is a must-win game for both teams. Sri Lanka lost their previous game against Bangladesh while the Kiwis lost to Pakistan. 

The NZ vs SL match thus is almost a knockout match before the semi-final. The team that wins this game will knock the other team out of the competition. Both teams have struggled to play consistent cricket and in this game will need to play as a unit. 

In 101 ODIs between the two sides, NZ have won 51 matches while SL have won 41 matches. 8 matches have ended in no results. In 11 ODI World Cup games, Sri Lanka have a 6-5 head-to-head record. Their previous win against Bangladesh will give them the confidence to notch up back-to-back wins. 

Meanwhile, the weather forecast for the NZ vs SL game does not look good. There is a forecast for rain throughout the next week. There is a 90 percent chance of rain on the matchday which is November 9, Thursday. The Kiwis have already lost a rain-affected game in Bengaluru. 

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This being a must-win game for both teams, New Zealand and Sri Lanka both know very well what they need to do. Both teams need to pull their socks up and it will be interesting to see how they handle the pressure. 

NZ vs SL Match Preview– ICC World Cup 2023, Match 41

New Zealand 

Despite scoring over 400 runs against Pakistan, the Kiwis ended up losing the game. pakistan in the first 25 overs were 200/1 scoring almost half the runs needed to win. Their bowlers need to correct their mistakes and need to regroup as a bowling group. The pace trio of Tim Southee, Trent Boult, and Lockie Ferguson need to find the right length. 

Their batters simply have to continue their good form. Devon Conway especially after his first couple of games has lost some of his form. In Indin conditions, he holds the key in a big game like the next one. Rachin Ravindra and Daryl Mitchell also are key batters in the lineup. Skipper Kane Williamson scored a brilliant 95 on his comeback game and held the key as well. 

New Zealand Squad 

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

Sri Lanka 

Sri Lanka defeated Bangladesh in their previous game and got up to six points from eight games. Their previous loss against Bangladesh came as they failed to defend 280 and under controversial circumstances. The Islanders need to take a leaf out of their performance against England and stay at it against the Kiwis. Overall, they have been inconsistent teams and their loss against India affected their NRR in a big way. 

Dilshan Madushanka has been the leading wicket-taker for the side while all the others have struggled. Maheesh Theekshana especially in the absence of Wanindu Hasaranga has looked half as effective. With key bowlers out of the side, eyes will be once again on Madushanka to give them a good start inside the powerplay. 

Sri Lanka Squad 

 Kusal Mendis (c), Kusal Perera, Pathum Nissanka, Dushmantha Chameera, Dimuth Karunaratne, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Charith Asalanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Maheesh Theekshana, Dunith Wellalage, Kasun Rajitha, Angelo Mathews, Dilshan Madushanka, Dushan Hemantha, Chamika Karunaratne

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