New Zealand v Sri Lanka: Champions Trophy preview and live streaming

Read a preview and watch live streaming cricket of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand in the Champions Trophy. Where: Cardiff […]

Read a preview and watch live streaming cricket of Sri Lanka vs New Zealand in the Champions Trophy.

Where: Cardiff

When: 10.30 (BST)

Watch live: Click here to watch on NowTV  from Sky!

New Zealand will carry plenty of form and momentum into their first Champions Trophy pool B clash,, when they face Sri Lanka in Cardiff.

Despite being outplayed in their recent Test series against England, the Black Caps hit back strongly as they thumped the English in the one-day series.

Star of both games was opener Martin Guptill, who scored back-to-back centuries to confound the  local bowling attack which seemed to have no answers for the Kiwi top-order player.

While being out of sorts in their recent games, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor, if they can fire in the Champions League, have the stroke range and capability of dominating any attack in world cricket.

Sri Lanka’s hopes in the game, and for the rest of the tournament, rest largely on their much-maligned bowling attack.

Normally filled with mystique and an ability to shock any side on their day, the Sri Lanka’s enter this year’s Champions Trophy with decidedly less of those qualities.

Lasith Malinga can still shock the odd batsman or two due to his unusual release point in his action, but given he has been playing internationally now for years, it will only catch-out the out of form.

Sachithra Senanayake also has a growing bag of slow-bowling tricks, but the two men Sri Lanka left out – Ajantha Mendis and Akila Dananjaya – are far more enigmatic.

The remainder of Sri Lanka’s bowling options, from nagging right-arm seamers Angelo Mathews and Thisara Perera, to Rangana Herath’s left-arm orthodox, pose challenges opponents have encountered before.

Related Stories

Let the debate begin but the New Zealand fast-bowler makes a strong case with this effort. Just when you think […]

(Video) Trent Boult’s catch against the West Indies is the best in cricket history

Spinner to undergo testing to see if will be allowed to continue to bowl. New Zealand part-time spinner Kane Williamson […]

Kane Williamson reported for a suspect bowling action by the ICC

New Zealand players under investigation set to get the all clear in England at least. Former New Zealand all-rounder Chris […]

Chris Cairns and Lou Vincent won’t be charged with match-fixing by ECB

The tail-ender falls onto his own stumps in bizarre circumstances. England finally bowled out Sri Lanka in their first innings […]

(Vine) Sri Lanka’s Nuwan Pradeep involved in strangest dismissal ever in Test v England

Alastair Cook’s men look to get their summer off to a solid start at Lords. Nuwan Pradeep struck twice as […]

England lose early wickets in first Test match against Sri Lanka

Chris Gayle delighted to be playing his 100th test in front of his hometown fans in Jamaica. West Indian ace […]

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle ready for 100th Test

Test series begins at Lords this week without one of the biggest stars in international cricket. Sri Lanka great Kumar […]

Kumar Sangakkara admits Sri Lankan team happy to see the back of Kevin Pietersen

Controversy in England after Senanayake runs out Buttler in ‘unsporting’ fashion. Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews has backed his bowler […]

Sri Lanka captain backs his bowler after controversial England dismissal

Read a preview and watch a live cricket stream of England vs Sri Lanka. Where: Edgbaston, Birmingham. When: Tuesday 3 June, 14.00 […]

England v Sri Lanka: 5th ODI match preview and live cricket streaming

Cairns speaks to the police. Former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns has continued to insist that match-fixing allegations leveled against […]

New Zealand legend denies match-fixing allegations