Watch the Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand cricket match live online, and catch a glimpse as two squads prepare for the upcoming T20 World Cup.
That is, if the weather cooperates.
While ESPNCricinfo allows anyone to watch the Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand cricket match live online, Mother Nature may have other plans. The match is set for Pallekele stadium in Sri Lanka, but the past week has brought steady rain. Just three days ago, the third and final One-Day International match between the teams was canceled for heavy rain.
For New Zealand, the match is seen as a tune-up for the T20 World Cup.
“We have already started preparing for the World T20,” New Zealand captain for the series Kyle Mills said. “You could see that over the last couple of months, with the introduction of some young players. Some of them have really stood up, so with the T20 games remaining between now and the World Cup, you see those guys come to the forefront. Our whole objective is to find a squad to try and win the tournament.”
For Sri Lanka, captain Dinesh Chandimal will be under pressure from those questioning his ability to lead. The team comes into the match with a No. 1 ranking, and as long as rain doesn’t cancel the match, Sri Lanka will need at least one win in two matches to stay at the top.
Chandimal said the team is trying to strike a balance between getting prepared for the T20 World Cup and staying healthy.
“We experimented by resting some senior players in the last series, but we have only another six T20 internationals to play prior to the T20 World Cup, so we don’t want to experiment too much,” he said.
The Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand cricket match is scheduled to begin at 19:00 local time (13:30 GMT).
Sri Lanka: Dilshan, Jayawardene, Sangakkara (wk), Thirimanne, Mathews, Chandimal (capt), Thisara Perera, Kulasekara, Senanayake, Malinga, Mendis.
New Zealand: Rutherford, Latham, Broom, Elliott, Munro, Ronchi (wk), Neesham, N McCullum, Ellis, Mills (capt), McClenaghan.
The Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand cricket match can be seen live here.