Last Update on: March 24th, 2023 at 10:23 pm
Auckland will host the first NZ vs SL ODI starting from 6.30 am IST which is 2 pm local time on March 25, Saturday. Sri Lanka are fighting for a direct qualification in the ODI World Cup and have points up for grabs in the ICC ODI Super league.
Sri Lanka lost the Test series heading into the ODI series and have been knocked out of the WTC final race. India and Australia will play the final in June. Sri Lanka and New Zealand have played 99 ODIs till date and the upcoming ODI will be the 100th. The Kiwis have won 49 games while the Lankans won 41. 8 matches ended in no-result and one game ended in a tie.
Dasun Shakana will lead Sri Lanka while Tom Latham will lead the Kiwis in this ODI series. Senior players Kane Williamson and Tim Southee have been rested for this series. Pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out due to a hamstring injury.
The 2023 ODI World Cup will be a 10-team tournament with the top seven teams having already qualified. India being the hosts have earned a direct qualification. The final team will be between Sri Lanka, South Africa and West Indies who will earn a direct qualification. The Islanders need to win the series for direct qualification.
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The likes of Ireland, Netherlands and Zimbabwe will play the qualifiers in Zimbabwe in June. The ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2023 will be hosted in Zimbabwe from 18 June to 9 July to decide the final two teams for India’s ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023.
NZ vs SL: Weather Report Live Today, Pitch Report Of Auckland Stadium- 1st ODI
The venue has hosted 81 ODIs till date with 31 matches won by the team batting first and 46 batting second. Close to 250 is the average first innings score. Both teams have good sets of batters and hence a score of around 270-280 will be a challenging total.
Rain is expected to pay spoilsport in the first NZ vs SL ODI. There will be spots of shower in the morning with the temperature around 21 degrees. There is almost 0.55 mm of rain expected with humidity close to 60 percent. There will be heavy cloud cover as well.