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While in Tests Ross Taylor was a little hit-and-miss in 2018, there is serious statistical evidence that he is now in the prime of his career in ODIs. He has only once averaged less than 55 in the last five calendar years and that was 2016, when he played only seven innings. Last year, his 639 runs came at an average of 91.29, and a strike rate of 89. Kane Williamson will have been the batsman Sri Lanka worried most about in the Tests, but going on form, they will have to switch their attention to Taylor in this format.
Complicating Sri Lanka’s World Cup plans is the unavailability of their most consistent player from last year – Akila Dananjaya – who has been suspended for throwing. Now faced with finding a different lead spinner this year, Sri Lanka are auditioning left-arm wristspinner Lakshan Sandakan and the more experienced legspinning-allrounder Seekkuge Prasanna. Only one of these will likely make it into the XI in the first ODI, and whoever that is will be desperate to make a good contribution, to keep the other man out of the side.
Match: New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 1st T20.
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2019.
Time: 10:00 PST
Tournament: Sri Lanka tour of New Zealand.
India: Sony Six, Sony Six HD, SonyLiv.
Pakistan: PTV Sports.
New Zealand: SKY Sport NZ.
Possible Playing XI
Sri Lanka ODI Squad: Lasith Malinga (C), Dushmantah Chameera, Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera. Kusal Mendis, Dasun Shanaka, Sadeera Samarawickrama, Thisara Perera, Lakshan Sandakan and Seekkuge Prasanna.
New Zealand ODI Squad: Tim Southee (C), Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro. Glenn Phillips, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Siefert and Doug Bracewell
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