Date & Time: Saturday, June 01, 15:00 IST
Venue: Sophia Gardens, Cardiff, Wales
A semifinalist contender takes on a team that has nothing to lose in an epic Dream11 Encounter
New Zealand used to be the team that always performed above its weight. However, they are one of the tournament favorites to begin with. On the other side, Sri Lanka more or less used to be in a similar position as New Zealand, but now they are in a dire situation since they have reached their lowest point in the format. It will be a fascinating contest to watch out for in Cardiff as the Kiwis would want to live up to the expectations, while the Sri Lankans would want to make their presence felt in the mega event.
Kiwis will be happy with the fact that Latham is available for selection. So that leaves Blundell out of playing XI. Apart from that, either Ish Sodhi or Santner, De Grandhomme or Nicholls and either two of Southee, Ferguson and Matt Henry will make it to the playing XI. On the other hand, Avishka Fernando, Siriwardane, Jeffry Vandersey and either Udana or Pradeep are likely to miss out for Sri Lanka on Saturday.
The surface in Cardiff is not that similar to the high scoring ones in England as it has produced sporting pitches in the past few years and we expect a similar one on Saturday. Weather-wise there is a slight chance of rain during the match and is likely to be overcast throughout the day which certainly brings pacers to the table more.
He has been one of the vital cogs of the Kiwi’s batting over the past few years as he holds the key to the side at the top of the order. His present form makes him a must have batsman in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team. Adding to it, he also has an impressive record against Lankan bowlers, where he scored 261 runs at a strike rate of 126 in the last five encounters against them.
He was the top run scorer for the side over the past couple of years and there is every possibility that he will be the one in the tournament as well. He also has a good record against the Lankan bowlers in the last 5 encounters. Adding to it his 71 against India in the warm-up game will hold him in good stead to continue the same against the Islanders.
The Kiwis bowling spearhead is a must have in all the Dean11 fantasy cricket teams in today’s match, as he is coming into the tournament on the back of a phenomenal form in this format. He picked 13wickets in the recent 5 games which include four-fer against India in the warm-up fixture. So with the conditions expected to be overcast on Saturday, he holds the key for Kiwis bowling upfront.
Dhananjaya de Silva
He has become a consistent performer for Lankans over the past few months. He has also evolved as more an excellent bowler in recent times, adding to his batting in the middle order. He certainly holds the key for the side with the bat on Saturday, where conditions are likely to test the batting of Lankans.
The newly appointed Skipper was outstanding against Scotland in the recent outing. He was returning to the format after a long time. His side expects him to come up with the same against the top quality Kiwi bowlers, in what is expected to be tricky conditions on offer for batsmen on Saturday.
He was the find during South African tour for Lankans where he showed that he can be the game changer for the side both with bat and ball. On Saturday, his contribution will be vital for Lankans if the top order batsmen and opening bowlers fail to perform. He is a worthy player to have in the Dream11 fantasy cricket team.
Kusal Perera produced a swashbuckling innings for the ages to almost single-handedly lift Sri Lanka to a remarkable one-wicket win over South Africa in a nail-biting conclusion to the first Test. As the warm up match against WI showed, it will be very tough for the Kiwi bowlers to stop a big hitter like him.