New Zealand v Sri Lanka, World T20: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

Richard Morgan@Richiereds1976Contributor IMarch 30, 2014

Sri Lankan wicket keeper Kumar Sangakkara, right, reacts as he fails to get the ball as New Zealand batsmen Andrew Ellis, center, and Luke Ronchi, left, run between the wickets during their second and final Twenty20 cricket match against Sri Lanka in Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013. The first match was abandoned due to rain. (AP Photo)

The identity of the second semi-finalists from Group 1, alongside South Africa, comes down to this final day-night contest between New Zealand and Sri Lanka on Monday in what is sure to be an action-packed and dramatic Twenty20 International in Chittagong.

Both sides have so far won two of their three matches in the competition to sit level on four points, effectively making this a straight quarter-final knockout clash, so be sure to tune in as this promises to be an eye-catching affair in Chittagong.


What: New Zealand vs. Sri Lanka

Where: Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium, Chittagong

When: Monday, March 31, 1:30 p.m. GMT/ 7:30 p.m. local time

Live Stream/TV info: Sky Sports 2, live 2-6 p.m., highlights 8-10 p.m. and 10-12 p.m.


New Zealand: BB McCullum*, CJ Anderson, TA Boult, AP Devcich, MJ Guptill, RM Hira, MJ McClenaghan, NL McCullum, KD Mills, C Munro, JDS Neesham, L Ronchi†, TG Southee, LRPL Taylor, KS Williamson

Sri Lanka: LD Chandimal*, SL Malinga, TM Dilshan, HMRKB Herath, DPMD Jayawardene, KMDN Kulasekara, RAS Lakmal, AD Mathews, BAW Mendis, MDKJ Perera, NLTC Perera, S Prasanna, KC Sangakkara†, SMSM Senanayake, HDRL Thirimanne



New Zealand: Two wins from three so far in Group 1 for the Kiwis, the same as their opponents, has led to this winner-takes-all showdown, with those victories coming against England via the Duckworth-Lewis method and underdogs Netherlands, in between which came a narrow loss to the Proteas.


Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal’s side initially lived up to their tag as Group 1 favourites by narrowly disposing of South Africa (see above) and then annihilating minnows Netherlands, however, with a place in the semi-finals there for the taking, they then lost a high-scoring thriller last time out to England.


Key men

New Zealand

Brendon McCullum: The Black Caps skipper has been in imposing form with the bat so far in the tournament, with his quick-fire 16 from just six balls before the heavens opened proving crucial to his team just getting over the line against England via the Duckworth-Lewis method last weekend.

And while the big-hitting batsman did then fail in the Kiwis’ two-run loss to the Proteas, the 32-year-old was back on song on Saturday to guide New Zealand to victory over Netherlands with an over to spare by making 65 off only 45 deliveries, with four fours and three sixes at a strike-rate of 144.


Sri Lanka

Mahela Jayawardene: The former captain had looked desperately out of nick in the first two contests, although as England found out to their cost on Thursday, form is temporary, while class is permanent.

Riding his luck at the start, the veteran batsman went on to compile a remarkably carefree 89 from 51 balls, an innings that was decorated with 11 boundary fours and three maximums, to seemingly ease the graceful and silky-smooth 36-year-old back to somewhere near his best again, so New Zealand be warned.


Other information

Weather: We are expecting a low of 27 degrees Celsius and a high of 36 degrees Celsius, with no chance of rain, for this final Super 10 contest in Group 1.


Pitch: With this being the evening game, because of the excessive dew on the outfield, the side that wins the toss will surely want to bowl first, although as we saw in England’s three-run loss to the Proteas on Saturday, that is still no guarantee of victory.

Either way, however, the surface here in Chittagong has played true throughout the tournament, with negligible spin to be report for the tweakers either.