Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 1st T20I Live Cricket Score 1 Sep 2019
Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner have been around, but this will also present the visitors with a good opportunity to find their best fits, and hopefully even strong back-up options. Even as the pitches are unlikely to turn, the slow nature of it could make big hitting a difficult proposition. Their pace pack is quite flooded, but in the absence of Jimmy Neesham, Boult and Adam Milne, new players could find opportunities.
It’s a similar case for the hosts, who will be led by the veteran Lasith Malinga. Without some of their senior players, there are ample opportunities on offer. They are packed with some power-hitters in the top order, and some exciting young bowlers to accompany Malinga. They, much unlike New Zealand, are far from finding their settled XI – the regulars as much as the combination. All the experiments so far has led to nothingness. It’s been a long struggle already, but to their luxury, there still remains ample time heading into the next World Cup to find the right answers.
One of the concerns they would have on an immediate basis, starting from Sunday’s clash in Pallekele, is over Akila Dananjaya, who was recently reported for chucking. Whether Sri Lanka would want to use him in this series remains a question.
When: Sunday, September 1, 2019 at 7:00 PM local
Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium
What to expect: The temperature is expected to hover in the low 20s but humidity levels are high. Cloud cover is expected, with possibly brief spells of rain. With rain expected in the morning, the outfield isn’t going to be the fastest.
Sri Lanka: Akila Dananjaya has been reported for suspect action. He can continue to bowl, but given that Sri Lanka had rested him for the second Test, maybe they might be a bit cautious with him.