Preview: New Zealand v Sri Lanka
The last time they played each other in a series (in November 2012 in Sri Lanka), Sri Lanka won 3-0. The Asian team has come out on top most of the time and the Kiwis would like to set this right. While the Black Caps have played two ODIs at Cardiff and won both, this will be Lanka's first one at this venue and they would be keen on extending their dominant record over the Kiwis.
However, some brilliant performances and a re-charged attitude led the BlackCaps to thump England in the one-day series. Martin Guptill emerged as the star performer with brilliant back to back centuries who was complemented well with Ross Taylor returning to his usual destructive form.
Already secured with a strong top order, the responsibility of balancing the middle order rests on the McCullum brothers and Daniel Vettori. Considering the amount of experience they pack, New Zealand should not find it difficult to overcome the Sri Lankan bowling attack.
Their bowling unit is just as strong with big names like Kyle Mills, Tim Southee and Dan Vettori in the line-up. New-comer Mitchell McClenaghan has also impressed with a decent record in his 7 ODIs so far.
As long as they fine-tune their fielding and focus on bowling tight in the death overs, the Kiwis have a good chance of coming out on the top.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CricBuzz