Hosts Sri Lanka will be looking to make amends for their recent poor record in the T20 format. Lasith Malinga-led unit will take on New Zealand in the three-match T20I series that will begin from 1st September. Veteran pacer Lasith Malinga will be hoping that side can get off to a good start in this T20I series.
The home side has made wholesale changes to their T20 squad for the upcoming three-match series against New Zealand. Opening batsman Danushka Gunathilaka have made his comeback to the T20 squad after last making appearance for Sri Lanka in January 2019.
For home side, Shehan Jayasuriya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka, Kasun Rajitha and Dasun Shanaka are included in the setup for this T20I series. Experienced players like Thisara Perera and Angelo Matthews have failed to find a place in the squad.
On the other hand, Pace bowler Tim Southee will lead New Zealand for the three-match T20I series. Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn and Seth Rance are promising players included in the squad for the T20I series.
Here are some of the important stats related to Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2019 T20I series.
2009 was last time New Zealand won a bilateral T20I series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka. Captain Tim Southee will be hoping that the side can do well and win some silverware on the tour.
16 matches have been played between Sri Lanka and New Zealand in the T20 format. New Zealand have slight upper hand in terms of head-to-head and managed to win eight games. On the other hand, Sri Lanka have come out on top on six occasions. One game has ended in no-result between the two teams.
3 wickets needed by Sri Lankan Captain Lasith Malinga to become first bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 format. Malinga currently has claimed 97 wickets in 73 games at an average of 19.70.
172 runs required by Sri Lanka’s wicket-keeper batsman Niroshan Dickwella to complete 500 runs in T20 cricket. Dickwella has scored 328 run in 18 matches with one half-century to his name.
146 runs needed by Sri Lankan middle-order batsman Kusal Mendis to complete 500 runs in the 20-over format. Mendis has scored 354 run in 19 T20I matches with four half-centuries to his name.
7 wickets needed by New Zealand Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi to complete 50 wickets in the T20 format. Sodhi has currently taken 43 wickets in 33 matches at an average of 20.88.
89 runs needed by New Zealand opener Colin Munro to complete 1500 runs in the T20 format. Munro currently has scored 1411 runs in 52 matches at an average of 33.59 with three centuries to his name.