What: Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 3rd ODI
Where: Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium
When: Saturday, 16 November 2013, 04:15 a.m. GMT
Live Stream/TV info: CSN TV
Weather: When it rains, it pours, especially during monsoon season in Sri Lanka. Accuweather suggests there will be bad weather and storms around all day.
New Zealand showed some spirit in the second ODI when they chased down their adjusted total of 198 in exactly 23 overs. Sri Lanka batted first after winning the toss but only managed 23 overs before rain ruined their party. Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan were looking solid and notched up a half-century a piece to help the hosts to 138, but that party was spoilt pretty soon.
The Black Caps were given a total adjusted by the Duckworth-Lewis method, and Tom Lathman at the top of the order and Luke Ronchi lower down both contributed with brisk runs to help the visitors over the line, bringing an end to a pretty poor run of form.
Before their victory, they had lost four games on the trot and managed a win in just three of their last 10 games. A fresher and younger New Zealand team is looking like they are hungry for positive results.
What has been absent for both sides is the ability to exert pressure with the ball. Neither side has really managed to tighten the screws on the opposition for sustained periods. Bowling in Sri Lanka isn't exactly easy, but the teams have had some of their experience show.
The shift in venue will not really benefit anyone. An international game has not been played at Dambulla for three years, but recent domestic games had average scores of around 280. Although, the weather still looks like it might be the winner.
New Zealand seemingly did not have an interest in this series and with a number of their star players not being available. A 1-0 or even 2-0 series win will give them a massive boost in confidence before the start of their season back home, though.
Kumar Sangakkara's 71 off 59 balls in the second game was his second consecutive score of 70-plus. In 19 games, he is averaging 93.99 in the one-day format this year with eight 50s and two 100s. It's fair to say that Sangakkara is in fine form, and Sri Lanka will be relying on him to set a foundation yet again.
Colin Munro has showed some promise since making his ODI debut and was in good form in Bangladesh. He hasn't quite lived up to that promise in Sri Lanka yet, but if he can build on his scores of 85 and 73* in Dhaka earlier in the month, it will give the Black Caps' batting some impetus.
Angelo Mathews (capt), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kusal Perera, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Dinesh Chandimal, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Suranga Lakmal, Rangana Herath, Sachithra Senanayake, Ajantha Mendis, Ashan Priyanjan
Kyle Mills (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Rob Nicol, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford
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