#CWC15: New Zealand v Sri Lanka Preview - Pool A

New Zealand and Sri Lanka kick-off the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Saturday 14 February…

New Zealand, the customary plucky over achievers, have the pressure of a home crowd full of expectation this time around. Sri Lanka are tournament specialists. This initial encounter could tell us a lot about the longevity of these two sides in this competition.

The Black Caps have a potentially explosive batting attack, built around Kane Williamson, with the fireworks of Martin Guptill and Brendan McCullum ready to act as dynamite around him. There’s also Ross Taylor who can win a game on his own.

The Kiwis bowling is not to be sneered at either. The swing of Trent Boult and Tim Southee could prove key against the Lankans, but the visitors have some weapons of their own.

Lasith Malinga and Nuwan Kulasekara can provide some problems for the New Zealanders, but it is their batting that simply reeks of quality.

Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jatawardena are the veterans who have been there, done it and are ready to go again.

Likely teams

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt), Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi (wk), Corey Anderson, Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Lahiru Thirimanne, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt), Dimuth Karunaratne/Dinesh Chandimal, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Rangana Herath, Lasith Malinga

Badger Predicts

The toss could prove key. If the early rain forecast arrives the team batting first will be at a disadvantage.

Regardless of external factors, we believe the New Zealand side will rise to the occasion and give the home crowd an early smile. It will be a close contest though.

James Buttler

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