Match No – 13, Group 1 – Sri Lanka vs New Zealand
Day and Date – Thu Sep 27, 2012
Match Time – 10:00 GMT | 15:30 local (3.30 pm)
Venue – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
The first game of the Super Eight stage of T20 World Cup 2012 Sri Lanka will take on New Zealand at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium on 27th September 2012
Sri Lanka are considered favorites for this match due to the home advantage and their performance in their opening game but one can not rule out Kiwis who are capable of defeating any team in the world.
Sri Lanka will need to curtail B McCullum who has scored the highest T20 score (123) against Bangladesh last week. Once B McCullum gets going, New Zealand is sure of a victory. On the other hand, Sri Lanka will be banking on Kumar Sangakkara, Jayawardene and Dilshan in the batting department and Lasith Malinga and Ajantha Mendis in the bowling department.
This match is expected to be a real high scorer and T20 fans can hope to see a real entertainer in the first match of Super Eights.
Sri Lanka Squad for T20 World Cup 2012:Mahela Jayawardene (captain), Kumar Sangakkara, Angelo Mathews, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dilshan Munaweera, Lahiru Thirimanne, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Kulasekara, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Shaminda Eranga, Dinesh Chandimal and Akhila Dhananjaya.
New Zealand Squad for T20 World Cup 2012:Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Brendon McCullum, James Franklin, Roneel Hira, Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.
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