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    Default ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 || prediction no.38 || Sri Lanka vs New Zealand

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    38th ODI Match - Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai

    On Mar 18, 2011 from 14:30 Local | 09:00 GMT |






    Sri Lanka would take on New Zealand in the 38th ODI match of the ICC World Cup 2011. The match will be hosted at Mumbai. Schedule time of Match is 14:30 Local Time (09:00 GMT). The match is schedule to be played on Mar 18, 2011. The schedule match would be Day/Night and played under flood light condition
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    The Teams:
    New Zealand have exceeded expectations this World Cup so far gathering 8 points from a possible 10 in their five matches with their only loss coming against the World Champions Australia. They lie at the second spot of Group A before going into this match.

    New Zealandís batting has looked frail and susceptible to collapse at certain points but whenever they have been provided good solid start from either Guptill or Brendon McCullum the middle order thanks to the blitzkrieg performances of Ross Taylor have made sure they end up with more than a competitive total. The lower order comprising of Nathan McCullum and Jacob Oram are more than capable of giving a few lusty blows at the end.

    The Kiwis bowling department looks weak and is still very much untested against quality batting line ups. For the time being itís not a bowling unit that can win them low scoring games and with Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills sitting out of this one dayer, the onus on Tim Southee & co. would be much higher.

    Sri Lanka have very much looked the complete side in this World Cup. With Tillekeratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga hitting form in their last match against Zimbabwe things are on the way up for the island nation. Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara would as usual be the backbone of the entire batting line up paving way to players like Angelo Matthews to finish the innings on a high. However their batting line up is very much susceptible and has a tendency to cave in during crunch situations.

    Sri Lankaís bowling form thus far into the campaign has looked impeccable. All of their bowlers be it Malinga, Murali or Mendis have the capability to destroy the opponentís batting order single handedly on any given day and such bowling competence and brilliance is more than welcome on flat, placid tracks in the sub continent.

    Why watch this match?
    The team which will win is going to seal one of the top two slots in their group and it will be interesting to see how both the teams go about with their team selections having already qualified to the quarter finals.

    Players to look out for:
    Jesse Ryder is one man who can change the course of the game with his big, burly, powerful hitting. He has been uncharacteristically silent in this World Cup so far. This could be the match where he decides to cut loose, get into form and wrench the initiative out of the other teams in the World Cup.
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