NZ vs SL Match Preview, Match Details, Pitch Report, Probable Playing XI, Match Predictions for Match 27 of Super 12, Group 1 of ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

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NZ vs SL: New Zealand will clash with Sri Lanka in the 27th fixture of the ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022. The group of death, Group 1 is wide open for all 8 teams as of now. All games are must-win for all teams. The margin of error is diminishing with each passing minute. This game will be played at SCG on 29th October 2022.

New Zealand started their campaign on a high by defeating the defending champions, Australia, in the opening game. However, the second game against Afghanistan was called off due to rain, and the teams were awarded 1 point each. They are the table topper as of now, but can’t get too comfortable. The batting department has been the biggest positive for them. Finn Allen unleashed carnage in the opening game and they would want to continue the momentum forward.

Sri Lanka, on the other hand, recovered quickly from the upset in the first round and booked their spot in the Super 12. They have won one and lost one game so far and are placed 3rd in the table. This game is a must-win or else the door to the semi-finals will be shut for them technically. And to add to their misery, the team is missing the services of key regular pacers. 

Match Details for NZ vs SL

Series: ICC Mens T20 World Cup 2022

Date: 29th October 2022 (Saturday)

Time: 1:30 PM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

Live Streaming: Star Sports, Hotstar

Pitch Report for NZ vs SL

The Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) has been a belter of batters in this tournament. Hence, a high-scoring game is on the cards for sure. Yet, fielding first could be a good choice on this surface.

Probable Playing XI

New Zealand

Devon Conway (wicket-keeper), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (captain), Glenn Philips, Mark Chapman, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson

Sri Lanka

Kusal Mendis (wicket-keeper), Pathum Nissanka, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (captain), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Binura Fernando, Lahiru Kumara

Match Predictions for NZ vs SL

New Zealand is certainly the probable winner of this game. The batting department is in the form of their lives. The conditions are likely to be an advantage as well. Meanwhile, Sri Lanka is playing without its key players and fighting it out hard. With the knockout stage closing in, each game is getting more and more intense with time. Hence, a close and thrilling encounter is likely to play out.

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