The New Zealand cricket governing body has confirmed and disclosed the timetable of the upcoming series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka for 3 ODI games. The Sri Lanka cricket board declared that they will visit New Zealand in the month of March 2023 in order to play 3 ODI games. The New Zealand vs Sri Lanka ODI series 2023 will begin with the first match on 25th March 2023 at Eden Park, Auckland, then both teams will head over to Hagley Oval, Christchurch to contest the 2nd ODI on 28th March, afterward, the series will be ended with the last ODI which will be held at Seddon Park, Hamilton on 31st March 2023.
After a gap of 2 years, Sri Lanka will be in New Zealand for playing the ODI series, lastly, they faced the Black Caps in the year 2019 where the Lankans were defeated very badly by New Zealand and lost all the matches of the series. Dasun Shanaka, one of the all-rounders of the Lanka squad, will lead the side under the guidance of Chris Silverwood. On the other hand, Kane Williamson most probably will lead the host team. As of September 2022, Dasun has appeared in 42 ODI matches where he has contributed 887 runs with 1 Hundred and 3 fifties.
Currently, the Sri Lanka players are struggling with their form, and this causes Sri Lanka to be at number 8 in the ICC ODI team ranking table. On the other hand, New Zealand is in 2nd position and has a very good winning record at home.
Both the teams have faced each other in 99 ODI matches where Sri Lanka could achieve a win in 41 matches and faced defeat in 49 matches. Overall, Sri Lanka, as of September 2022, has appeared in 875 ODI matches where they achieved victory in 398 matches and lost 434 matches. In the year 2022, Sri Lanka played 8 ODI matches, out of which they won 5 matches and lost 3 matches. On the other hand, New Zealand has appeared in 788 ODI matches, out of which they won 363 matches and faced defeat in 378 matches. In the year 2022, New Zealand has contested 13 ODI where they won 9 ODIs and lost 4 matches. So, let's see how Sri Lanka will perform on the surface of the New Zealand bouncy pitches.