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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Stats Pack

All the relevant numbers and statistics from New Zealand's clashes against Sri Lanka

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka: Stats Pack - Cricket News
Sri Lanka and New Zealand have met three times in the ICC Champions Trophy with Sri Lanka holding a 2-1 advantage.
  • New Zealand and Sri Lanka have met 78 times in ODI cricket with Sri Lanka winning 37 matches and New Zealand 35, with one tie and five no-results.
  • They have met three times in ICC Champions Trophy cricket with Sri Lanka holding a 2-1 advantage.  It won by five wickets at Dhaka in 1998 and by seven wickets at Mumbai in 2006, with New Zealand winning by 38 runs at Johannesburg in 2009.
  • New Zealand won the competition in 2000. Sri Lanka was joint-winner in 2002.  

Lie of the Land  
  • New Zealand has played two ODIs at Cardiff, winning both of them.  This is Sri Lanka’s first game at the venue.
  • Seven day ODIs have been played at the stadium.  One has been won batting first and five batting second, with one no-result.
  • In those seven matches, three captains have chosen to bat and four to field. The average first innings score is 240.  

Recent ODI form  
  • New Zealand has played nine ODIs so far in 2013, winning five and losing four.  It won its series in South Africa in January 2-1, before losing to England at home 2-1 the following month.  However, recently it won in England by the same score.
  • Sri Lanka has played eight ODIs in 2013, winning three and losing three with two no-results.  It shared its five-match series in Australia in January 2-2 with one no-result, and shared a three match series in Bangladesh in March 1-1 with one no-result.  

Upcoming milestones  
  • Brendon McCullum needs 74 runs to become the third New Zealander to score 5000 in ODI cricket
  • Nathan McCullum will be playing his 50th ODI
  • Nuwan Kulasekara needs two wickets to become the seventh Sri Lankan to take 150 in ODI cricket  

Reliance ICC Rankings News  
  • New Zealand needs to win to move above the West Indies into seventh place in the Reliance ICC One-Day International Championship.  Defeat and it will remain eighth.  No matter what the result, Sri Lanka will remain fifth.
  • Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s highest-ranked batsman in eighth place, but Martin Guptill’s back-to-back centuries against England have rocketed him up to 11th.  Brendon McCullum’s average of 48.13 in his last 18 matches has lifted him to 14th.
  • Kyle Mills topped the bowling rankings for 29 days back in 2009 and is the Kiwi’s highest bowler in 16th.  However, Tim Southee is their form bowler with 22 wickets at 21.77 in his last 12 matches.
  • Kumar Sangakkara and Tillakaratne Dilshan are both in the top ten with the bat.  Sangakkara averages 58.55 in his last 12 ODIs and Dilshan averages more than 100 in his last nine matches.
  • Mahela Jayawardena boasts 15 ODI centuries but has failed to convert any of his last 12 fifties into a three-figure score.
  • Lasith Malinga uniquely has taken three ODI hat-tricks.  He is currently ranked 10th thanks to 13 wickets at 16.00 in his last seven matches.
  • Nuwan Kulasekara spent a large portion of 2009 as the top-ranked bowler, but is currently down at number 13.  Captain Angelo Mathews’s proficiency with both disciplines has seen him break into the world’s top five all-rounders.

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