Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand 2023: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – 3rd ODI Preview and Updates

The final ODI of the three-match series will be played at Seddon Park in Hamilton on March 31st, beginning at 6:30 a.m. IST. After winning the first game by 198 runs, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead. Sri Lanka’s hopes of gaining direct entry to the ICC ODI World Cup 2023 were dashed after the second game was called off due to persistent rain.

New Zealand scored 274 runs batting first in the first ODI. Finn Allen scored the game’s only fifty points. Rachin Ravindra, batting for the first time, scored 49 runs in the middle. Chamika Karunratne claimed four wickets for 46 runs. Sri Lanka got off to a bad start in the chase, losing early wickets. Henry Shipley’s home debut was a success, as the pacer recorded his first fifer for 31 runs. In the 20th over of the second innings, the Sri Lankans were bowled out for 76 runs. Sri Lanka suffered its largest defeat (198 runs) while chasing against New Zealand.

The sixth consecutive ODI defeat to New Zealand effectively ended Sri Lanka’s chances of gaining direct entry to the World Cup. The cancellation of the second ODI has left hopes hanging by a thread. With 81 points, Sri Lanka is ninth in the ICC Super League. If they win, they will have to wait for the results of South Africa’s final two games against the Netherlands and Ireland’s final three one-day internationals against Bangladesh. If they lose, they will join Zimbabwe, the Netherlands, Scotland, Oman, Nepal, and four other undetermined teams in the ICC World Cup Qualifier.

The 3rd ODI between New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will take place on March 31st, 2023 at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Match Details to Note

Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI, Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand, 2023

Date: March 31, 2023 (Friday)                                                     

Time: 6:30 AM IST

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

New Zealand (Match Odds – 1.40):


The first ODI victory was New Zealand’s 14th in a row at home. The record, however, will be put to the test in the final ODI, as six of their players have left the team to compete in the IPL 2023. Yes, New Zealand will be missing the first ODI’s top scorer, Finn Allen, as well as Glenn Phillips and Lockie Ferguson. This means Chad Bowes will start alongside Henry Nicholls. Bowes made his debut after only 15 balls. Nicholls, on the other hand, has only one fifty-plus score in the last eight games. Hopefully, his 200 in the most recent Test against Sri Lanka will come in handy.

Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, and Tom Latham will bear the brunt of the blame. Young has two centuries in his last four games in New Zealand. Mitchell has been in top shape since last year. In his last four home games, he has averaged more than 100 points. In addition, he scored 47 runs in the first ODI. Latham has 776 runs scored in 22 innings over the last two years. This spans three centuries and two half-centuries. All three of his centuries have come in New Zealand, where he averages 222 in six innings.

Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, and Blair Tickner will spearhead the attack. Shipley’s five wickets were crucial in the first ODI. Henry has 21 wickets against the visitors in 9 innings. Ish Sodhi did not bowl in the first ODI, but he will be a major threat to Sri Lanka. After an impressive debut (49 runs) in the first ODI, Rachin Ravindra will play all-rounder.

Full Squad:

Tim Southee (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Tom Latham (wk), Devon Conway (wk), Kane Williamson, Neil Wagner, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Michael Bracewell, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, Scott Kuggeleijn

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Players to watch out for:

Daryl Mitchell

The 31-year-old has the potential to play in the 2023 IPL, but that competition’s loss is New Zealand’s gain in this series and the upcoming IT20 series.

Chad Bowes

The 30-year-old opener made his international debut in the first game of the series and is in fine form after hitting hundreds for Canterbury in mid-February and early March.

Henry Shipley

The quick bowler, who made his international debut in Karachi in January, has had a fantastic start to 2023. His form is strong, and he exudes confidence.

Possible Playing XI:

Tom Latham (c), Chad Bowes, Henry Nichols, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Will Young, Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, Blair Tickner, Ish Sodhi, Mark Chapman

Sri Lanka (Match Odds – 2.95):


Sri Lanka is in a life-or-death situation. And a depleted New Zealand team has given them some hope. Sri Lanka’s openers will be Pathum Nissanka and Nuwaindu Fernando. Nissanka has scored 616 runs in 18 innings for Sri Lanka in the last two years. With a fifty-plus score in each of his three innings, he is the batter to watch.

After facing 16 deliveries in the first ODI, Kusal Mendis failed to score a run. He is a loose nail on the Sri Lankan side, having scored only 101 runs in the last five innings. Angelo Matthews led the Lankans in scoring in the first game. He’s also the leading run-scorer and wicket-taker against New Zealand. Charith Asalanka will be our top batter pick. For the past two years, the middle-order batter has been Lanka’s leading run-scorer. He has 800 runs scored at an above-average rate of 40 in 22 innings. This period includes one century and six half-centuries. Wanindu Hasaranga, the all-rounder, was unable to perform in the first ODI. He scored 67 runs in his ten overs, but only 2 runs with the bat. Hasaranga has 21 wickets in 18 innings at a 4.91 economy rate (in the last two years).

In the first ODI, Chamika Karunratne took four wickets. Hopefully, he can maintain his form in the final ODI. With Chamika and Hasaranga, Lahiru Kumara and Kasun Rajitha will lead the bowling attack. Both took two wickets in the first game.

Full Squad:

Dimuth Karunaratne (c), Niroshan Dickewella (wk), Dinesh Chandimal (wk), Nishan Madushka (wk), Kusal Mendis (wk), Asitha Fernando, Angelo Mathews, Kasun Rajitha, Dhananjaya de Silva, Ramesh Mendis, Vishwa Fernando, Kamindu Mendis, Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne, Prabath Jayasuriya, Oshada Fernando

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Players to watch out for:

Pathum Nissanka

The 24-year-old right-handed opener averages 38.35 in Tests and 31.33 in One-Day Internationals. His best score of 137 came last year against a very strong Australia team.

Dasun Shanaka

With Sri Lanka now relying on other teams to help them qualify for the 2023 World Cup, we expect the captain to put in a strong performance with bat and ball in this match.

Chamika Karunaratne

In his last three international appearances, the quick bowler has taken seven wickets, including two against India and one against New Zealand. On this tour, he enjoys the local conditions.

Possible Playing XI:

Pathum Nisanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Nuwaindu Fernando, Charith Asalanka, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Angelo Matthews

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Top Team Batsmen

With the bat, we support Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, and Will Young for New Zealand. With Devon Conway and Finn Allen away at the IPL, this is an excellent opportunity for Young to demonstrate his ability to dominate an innings for New Zealand. Mitchell has hit at least one six in each of his four innings this month against Sri Lanka.

Our batting picks for Sri Lanka are Pathum Nissanka, Angelo Mathews, and Charith Asalanka. With an average of 40.00 from 22 innings, Asalanka has an excellent ODI record. Since his debut in 2008, Mathews has scored over 14000 international runs.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Top Team Bowlers

Our bowling selections for New Zealand are Matt Henry, Henry Shipley, and Blair Tickner. Henry has been plagued by injuries throughout his career, but he is currently enjoying a run of games and taking plenty of wickets. Tickner struggled on pitches in India earlier this year but is far more at ease at home.

For Sri Lanka, we recommend Chamika Karunaratne, Lahiru Kumara, and Kasun Rajitha. Rajitha took the crucial wicket of Rachin Ravindra, who was on 49 in the first ODI. In the first match, Kumara defeated Chad Bowes and Daryl Mitchell.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Head to Head

The ninth ODI between New Zealand and Sri Lanka ended in a washout on Tuesday. If New Zealand wins this game, they will have a 51-41 overall lead.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Head to Head Stats in ODIs

  Matches Played NZ Won SL Won Tie NR
Overall 101 50 41 1 9
Last 5 5 4 0 0 1

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Toss Prediction

The team batting second has won the game 27 times in 52 ODIs. At this venue, New Zealand has successfully chased down 350 runs against Australia. The team that wins the coin toss should bowl first.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Pitch Report

The third ODI will begin at 6:30 a.m. IST on March 31st at Seddon Park in Hamilton (2:00 pm local time). The stadium has a capacity of 30000 spectators and has previously hosted 50 Tests, 82 ODIs, and 27 T20Is. West Indies has the highest total (362 points) at this venue.

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There will be some cloud cover and a chance of rain. It will be bitterly cold. The temperature will be between 5 and -1 degrees Celsius. The wind will be blowing at 16-25 km/h from the west. Rain mixing with ice is also a late possibility. This pitch makes it simple to score runs. Pacers have an early advantage, while spinners find a good turn later in the game.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Prediction

New Zealand is an excellent bet to win the game after winning 14 straight at home. However, they will be missing six key players from the team. Their unbeaten streak against Sri Lanka is on the line. If the rain holds off, they will have a significant advantage over Lanka. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has lost their last five One-Day Internationals. In the last two games, these five have suffered a 317-run loss followed by a 198-run loss. Check out the odds at Cricbaba!

New Zealand is the favourite to beat Sri Lanka at the odds of 1.40.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Most Recommended Player for Bet:

With four half-centuries and a century already in international cricket in 2023, we believe Daryl Mitchell will be New Zealand’s leading run scorer in this final ODI.

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