New Zealand vs Sri Lanka
Premadasa Stadium, Colombo- World Cup Semifinal
Days after upsetting tournament favourites South Africa in the quarterfinal, New Zealand will look to reach their first ever World Cup final by beating Sri Lanka in Colombo on Tuesday evening. Bet on New Zealand vs Sri Lanka at the ICC World Cup with PaddyPower after reading our betting preview at Sportsbookie.com.
The Kiwis reached their sixth World Cup semifinal by upsetting South Africa by 49 runs in their last fixture. The batting was slow but steady and they reached a total of 221 thanks to useful contributions from Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. South Africa were cruising at 108/2 when big Jacob Oram took an excellent catch to dismiss Jacques Kallis. That set off a choke in the South African ranks with Oram and Nathan McCullum taking seven wickets between them as the Proteas fell 49 short of their target.
Sri Lanka crushed England by ten wickets in their quarterfinal to reach their third successive World Cup semifinal. Openers Upul Tharanga and Tillekaratne Dilshan were involved in their second 200 + opening stand of the tournament as the Islanders chased down England’s target of 229 on a tricky wicket in Colombo without breaking sweat.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka have already met in the group stages of the tournament. Sri Lanka clinched that game in Mumbai with the Kiwis unable to come to grips with Muttiah Muralitharan’s spin. Coach John Wright will be giving his Kiwi players special instructions to tackle Murali.
Wright could become the first coach to take two different nations to the World Cup final if the Kiwis beat Lanka on Tuesday. Wright was coach of the Indian team that reached the finals in 2003 only to lose to Australia.
Verdict:- The Lankans have to be backed on home soil, plus the fact that the Kiwis have never progressed past the semifinal stage is also an advantage to the home side. However the Kiwis have little to lose and that might just propel them to an unlikely spot in the final against either India or Pakistan.