Two teams which will play on Saturday have always performed above expectation in world cups. Sri Lanka ended up in final four on four of last six occasions. They are the world champions in 1996. Though Kiwis have not won the world cup, they reached finals on four occasions. With a population of just above four million it is definitely an achievement.
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Can Williamson do it for Kiwis?
New Zealand were runners up in 2015, After world cup Kane Williamson is given the reins from Brendon McCullumn. He is always compared to Kohli and Steven Smith in his batting abilities. But he also proved he is not less than two in leadership abilities also. coming to the tournament, They had a good warm up game against India, who are hot favorites alongside England, convincingly. But their last warm-up game, against WI, did not end too well. West Indies Scored above 421 which couldn’t be chased by then. Regular Keeper Tom Latham is doubtful for the game. But Blundell name will definitely negate the worries of fan to an extent if not full. Tim Southee and Trent Boult is one of the best combinations going around. They will get enough support from Collin De Grandhome. Santner and Ish Sodhi will take the onus of spin. Martin Guptil Will take the charge of batting.
Sri Lanka are undoubtedly the underdogs of tournament. They have every chance ending last, which is below Afghanistan, in the points table. Dimuth Karunaratne is given the responsibility. Thirumane will open the batting with him. Lasith Malinga has 21 scalps in 14 games he played since return. Jeevan Mendis is also included in the side after a long hiatus.
- Trent Boult to pick up two or more wickets.
- New Zealand to win the game.