Sri Lanka will travel to New Zealand to play the 5 one day matches. It will be a cracker of series with the first match starting on 26th December and the last one on 5th January. Last time when Sri Lanka toured New Zealand, it lost the 7 one day series by 4-2. Although the score line looks heavily loaded in favor of KIWIS, all matches were close encounters. The series of 2015-2016 appears to be the same as New Zealand is led by fiery BRENDON MCCULLUM and Sri Lank is spear headed by the all rounder ANGELO MATHEWS.
The home team has a battery of fast bowlers led by the amazing TRENT BOULT who can fire up 145+ deliveries on a regular basis. On the ground of CHRISTCHURCH and Nelson, he can be a handful for the Sri Lankan batsmen. Gone are the days when New Zealand had array of medium pacers. Now they are replaced by probing faster bowlers that can cause trouble to any batsman of the world.
The player from SRI LANKA to watch out for is LAHIRU THIRIMANNE who can crank up the scoring rate in the middle Order. Supported by MATHEWS, the Sri Lankan batting line up appears solid and amazing. The other player who might become the king Pin in New Zealand would be KAUSHAL PARERA. If there would be a hint of spin, he could be the perfect bowler to exploit the conditions to the hilt.
As far as the batsmen are concerned, the kiwis appear to be in an ominous form. ROSS TAYLOR along with Kane Williamson will provide solid partnership at the top order and later on MCCULLUM can pile on the misery of the hosts. Although both teams are evenly balanced, Kiwis due to home advantage and better pace attack hold the edge.