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New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2011 Cricket World Cup: Match Preview

The battle to finish top of the group intensifies as New Zealand battle Sri Lanka.

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Start time: 09.00

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Venue: MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai

Team News

New Zealand: Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Scott Styris, Kane Williamson, James Franklin, Jacom Oram, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Hamish Bennett.

Daniel Vettori and Kyle Mills will be replaced by Hamish Bennett and Kane Williamson due to injuries.

Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Chamara Silva, Thilan Samaraweera, Angelo Mathews, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis.

Ajantha Mendis will replace Thisara Perera as Sri Lanka will go with a double spin attack..

Prediction

New Zealand have produced some excellent displays, and a strong middle order has destroyed many bowlers confidence

Their bowlers have all worked in a strong unit and have been able to take wickets at crucial times.

Only Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene have scored any runs so far, so the pressure is on them to provide.

The bowling department will also need to join the party if Sri Lanka are to win the tournament.

Sri Lanka to win.

Key Men

Ross Taylor – Can destroy any bowling attack and is in good nick.

Lasith Malinga – His pace and swing makes him a crucial bowler at the death of any innings..

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