Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 1st T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Antoinette MullerFeatured ColumnistNovember 18, 2013

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JUNE 02:  Kyle Mills of New Zealand celebrates bowling Alastair Cook of England during the 2nd Natwest Series ODI at the Ageas Bowl on June 2, 2013 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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What: Sri Lanka vs. New Zealand, 1st T20

Where: Pallekele International Cricket Stadium

When: Tuesday, 19 November 2013, 13:30 GMT

Live Stream/TV info: CSN TV

Weather: The bad news is that there are thunderstorms forecast for Tuesday, according to Accuweather. The good news is that they appear isolated at the moment and shouldn't interfere with the game too much. That's been the theme of this series so far, though, so don't be surprised if this one is rained off.



With the one-day series mostly marred by rain and eventually shared 1-1, it's time for the sides to switch gears and take on the shortest format of the game. Neither side has really been overly convincing in the one-day format, but T20 can sometimes be a little bit of a lottery. 

The tour has been irksome for many, but none were quite as irked as New Zealand stand-in skipper Kyle Mills. He slammed the scheduling of the tour, especially the hours of play. New Zealand needed 90 from eight overs in the deciding ODI, but play was called off due to bad light much earlier and Mills was quoted by Cricinfo as saying the decision lacked common sense.

For a day game to have a scheduled close of play after sunset where obviously it's not possible to play - it doesn't sound like common sense to me Especially when we fought our way into the match and were in a position to win it. We were in a better position today than we were in the last game, which we won. It's a bitter pill to swallow.

There will be no such issues with the T20s, though, as they are all scheduled to be evening games at a ground with floodlights. It makes things considerably easier to delay and wriggle in should the weather intervene.

With a World T20 around the corner next year, it's an opportunity for both teams to test their strengths and confirm their weaknesses, while the Black Caps youngsters have an opportunity to stake a claim for their inclusion. 

Expect big hits and some crafty bowling from both teams. If the weather stays away, this should be competitive.


Key players

Sri Lanka

Lasith Malinga's toe-crunching yorkers will be a handful for the New Zealand batsmen. Quite simply one of the best players in the T20 format, Malinga will be key to restricting the Black Caps and helping Sri Lanka get over the line.


New Zealand

In a relatively inexperienced team, it's the senior New Zealand players who will have to step up and take responsibility and lead from the front. Kyle Mills will need to up his game and set an example for the youngsters. They were fined for a slow overrate in the third ODI and Mills needs to improve on that in the T20s.



Sri Lanka

Dinesh Chandimal (captain), Lasith Malinga (vice-captain), Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene, Nuwan Kulasekara, Suranga Lakmal, Angelo Mathews, Ajanta Mendis, Kushal Perera, Thisara Perera, Seekkuge Prasanna, Ramith Rambukwella, Kumar Sangakkara, Sachithra Senanayake, Lahiru Thirimanne 


New Zealand

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