Dec 15

Sri Lanka set for strong performance in New Zealand ODI Series

Cricket fans will be expecting a strong performance from Sri Lanka as they prepare to take on New Zealand in the first of their 2015/16 One Day International series, which begins in Dunedin on 10 December. However, the Sri Lankan team have already had a couple of setbacks so will be hoping they can still reach their potential.

In January 2015, the last time that Sri Lanka and New Zealand met in a One Day International Series, it was the New Zealand side who ended victorious, taking the series with a 4-1 lead. However, in this latest meeting it is the Sri Lankan side who were tipped to be the ones with the strongest prospects – at least until their recent team changes.

Injury Ends Prassad’s Test Series

As well as the One Day Series, Sri Lanka are also playing a two-match Test series against New Zealand. However, that team will now be without star seamer Dhammika Prassad. The bowler, who was a key player in the Sri Lankan squad, has suffered a back injury while playing a tour game in Queenstown against New Zealand Board President’s XI. He was expected to be a key player in the Test side but is now likely to only be included in the squad for the One Day internationals. His place in the Test squad has been given to Vishwa Fernando, who will be making his Test debut.

Drugs-Test Failure Means Perera Sent Home

Sri Lanka’s Kusal Perera, who was their wicket keeper, has been sent home from New Zealand after failing a random drugs test. The test was conducted during the Sri Lankan team’s recent tour of Pakistan, and the positive result means that he is out of all five One Day Internationals as well as a couple of Twenty20 matches that were also scheduled as part of the tour. He will need to provide a further sample, as required by the regulations, and he is expected to start playing international cricket again once he has complied with all the relevant regulations. His place in the team has been given to Kaushal Silva.

All in all, this should be an exciting series and one that will be worth watching, even if you are not a die-hard supporter of either team. One-day cricket is more fast-paced than Test cricket, and the prospect of a series makes it more competitive and exciting.

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