The underdogs New Zealand will start their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign when they take on Sri Lanka on Saturday, June 1 at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
New Zealand has won the toss and decided to field first
The match will start at 9:30 AM GMT, 3:00 PM SLST, 8:30 PM NZDT.
New Zealand is coming into the main draw of the tournament after winning one warm-up match against India. They did lose their another match to West Indies. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, lost both their warm-up clashes against South Africa and Australia.
NZ vs SL broadcast details
Sky Sports will televise NZ vs SL in New Zealand. Sky Sports website and SkyGo app will live stream the match for the fans in New Zealand. SLRC (Channel Eye) will broadcast the matches of the tournament in Sri Lanka.
Channel Eye website will live stream the matches in Sri Lanka at http://www.channeleye.lk/.
Star Sports will telecast the match live in India while Hotstar will provide the online streaming of the match in India at www.Hotstar.com.
NZ sweat over injury concerns
— Sri Lanka Cricket 🇱🇰 (@OfficialSLC) June 1, 2019
Tom Latham missed both the warm-up matches due to an injury on his finger. He is likely to be back for his side’s first World Cup match. Henry Nicholls will surely miss this match due to his injury. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill are likely to open the innings with skipper Kane Williamson at no. 3. Ross Taylor and Latham will manage the middle-order before Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme come to the mix. Mitchell Santner will play for sure, but Ish Sodhi’s availability is doubted at this moment.
Sri Lanka hope for an unlikely winning start
Sri Lanka can go with a few different options and combinations. With all their players fit, Sri Lanka can basically play any of them right off the bench but their main aim would be to get the right balance within the XI. Lasith Malinga who missed the warm-up matches is also likely to slot into the side. Kusal Perera will take the gloves and bat in the middle order.
The pitch in Cardiff is quite traditional as far as the conditions are concerned. The seamers will get some help from the surface early on but as the day moves on, it might get a bit slower making it difficult for the seamers to have good control. Spinners could be crucial considering the long boundaries. The weather is expected to good and the chances of rain are as low as 10%, which means could experience an entire match of 50 overs.