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*Official* Double Match Day - NZ v Sri Lanka (27th Sept)

James

Cricket Web Owner
To make it easier for discussion, as suggested by Pratters I've created this thread for discussion on today's NZ v Sri Lanka match.
 

straw man

International Coach
Go New Zealand!

Don't have a lot of hope, bar our seamers knocking the top off Sri Lanka's batting or an individual performance from someone like Guptill. Yes Guptill - Ryder is out of form and McCullum and Taylor have too much responsibility making them fearful. Surely Guptill is due an innings where all his edges and lofted shots land just out of reach of a fielder?
 

S.P. Fleming

U19 Cricketer
hopefully were playing on the pitch at where the aus v WI game was played yesterday. Has a nice green tinge and the ball was moving about. It could suit the likes of Bond and Tuffey. Otherwise, this is a game I go into with hope but no confidence.

Here are the teams for todays game, note murali dropped! and Jimmy Franklin brought in. SL won toss and chose to field.

New Zealand team
JD Ryder, BB McCullum†, MJ Guptill, LRPL Taylor, GD Elliott, NT Broom, JEC Franklin, DL Vettori*, KD Mills, DR Tuffey, SE Bond

Sri Lanka team
TM Dilshan, ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara*†, DPMD Jayawardene, SHT Kandamby, TT Samaraweera, AD Mathews, KMDN Kulasekara, T Thushara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis
 

straw man

International Coach
Sangakkara wins toss and chooses to bowl.

Looks like Franklin is playing for NZ and Murali misses out for Sri Lanka.
 

straw man

International Coach
hopefully were playing on the pitch at where the aus v WI game was played yesterday. Has a nice green tinge and the ball was moving about. It could suit the likes of Bond and Tuffey. Otherwise, this is a game I go into with hope but no confidence.

Here are the teams for todays game, note murali dropped! and Jimmy Franklin brought in. SL won toss and chose to field.

New Zealand team
JD Ryder, BB McCullum†, MJ Guptill, LRPL Taylor, GD Elliott, NT Broom, JEC Franklin, DL Vettori*, KD Mills, DR Tuffey, SE Bond

Sri Lanka team
TM Dilshan, ST Jayasuriya, KC Sangakkara*†, DPMD Jayawardene, SHT Kandamby, TT Samaraweera, AD Mathews, KMDN Kulasekara, T Thushara, SL Malinga, BAW Mendis
Beat me to it.

A green tinge would be good providing we post something competitive first.
 

straw man

International Coach
awta

A new ball in seaming conditions against our top order first up is a good reason to be nervous.
 

Athlai

Not Terrible
Though in all honesty if we bat well we should win this. Our seam attack should be able to do well here, really need around 250 runs.
 

straw man

International Coach
Yes, our bowling is definitely a strength in general and in these conditions. That 'if we bat well' is a major 'if' though. Agree with DoG's definition of 'success'.
 

Meridio

International Debutant
Can't believe Vettori's toss-winning ability has deserted him when we really needed to win one.
 

Meridio

International Debutant
Swinging in, seaming away and McCullum plays a horrendous waft. 150 all out on the cards...
 

James

Cricket Web Owner
You'd have to say this is one of our strongest bowling attacks in years.

Bond,Tuffey,Mills,Vettori,Franklin is pretty damn good.

Shame the same thing can't be said about our batting lineup.
 

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