T20 World Cup 2022: Ultimate Match Guide – New Zealand vs Sri Lanka

The T20 series of 2022

Oct. 29, 2022

Key Fantasy Factors - NZ vs SL

  • High scoring venue
  • Long straight boundaries
  • Short square boundaries
  • Sydney - Express Pace negative
  • Sydney - Spin positive
  • Sydney - Pace variations positive
  • No chance of rain

New Zealand - Fantasy Centre

Devon Conway is the best fantasy pick for the game due to his innings construction style, current form, and wicketkeeping value. Finn Allen, his opening partner, will always be a hit-or-miss option due to the number of risks he takes and how quickly he takes them. Sri Lanka has a chance to tie him down with Maheesh Theekshana, but the support from the other end, particularly within the powerplay, is too basic to rely on if you are opposing him in fantasy. Kane Williamson is the polar opposite of Finn Allen, and he could easily score 30 points by knocking the ball around in gaps. The New Zealand captain was in decent form heading into the tournament, having scored an impressive 38-ball 59 against Pakistan in the tri-series at home. Glenn Phillips, who has been New Zealand's second highest run scorer since 2021 and also strikes at a fast rate, is the lowest you can go in the batting order for a Kiwi batting option. The 25-year-old can act as a differential in some of your combinations. Top 3 run scorers for NZ in T20Is since 2021: D Conway (859), G Phillips (782), D Mitchell (554) As far as their bowling unit is concerned, this is a deck that suits Tim Southee and Mitchell Santner's bowling styles the best; while Lockie Ferguson is normally a good fantasy option against Sri Lanka, as their batters struggle against express pace, this is one venue where you can gamble against him, as the nature of the pitches here and the short square boundaries usually don't support express quicks. Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi, as a result, become more appealing options than Ferguson. Potential changes: None Predicted Playing XI: Devon Conway (wk), Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (c), Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

Sri Lanka - Fantasy Centre

Most New Zealand batters have never faced Maheesh Theekshana or Wanindu Hasaranga, and the spin duo will be bowling on a pitch that suits their bowling style. Pick them. Charith Asalanka is one of the leading contenders for the other two slots because he has found some form in the last couple of games, and if the Kiwi quicks do what they are good at in the powerplay, especially with the support of Mitchell Santner against Sri Lanka's RHB-heavy top 3, it will be left to Asalanka to lead the rebuild. Mendis is the better option than Nissanka because of his potential wicketkeeping points. Potential changes: Pramod Madushan in, Binura Fernando out Predicted Playing XI: Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis (wk), Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Dasun Shanaka (c), Wanindu Hasaranga, Chamika Karunaratne, Maheesh Theekshana, Pramod Madushan, Lahiru Kumara

Fantasy XI Builder

Base Team: Devon Conway, Tim Southee, Wanindu Hasaranga, Maheesh Theekshana, Trent Boult Support players: Kusal Mendis, Finn Allen (Combination slot alternative - Ish Sodhi), Kane Williamson, Pathum Nissanka (Combination slot alternative - Glenn Phillips), Mitchell Santner, Charith Asalanka Top C/VC options: Devon Conway (40%), Wanindu Hasaranga (33%) Top Differentials: Charith Asalanka (34%), Ish Sodhi (13%) Top C/VC differentials: Tim Southee (15%), Trent Boult (11%), Kane Williamson (9%) Please see our SCG - Ultimate Venue Guide for Sydney's boundary dimensions, deck nature, phase wise stats, what batting and bowling types work and what don't, and our Sri Lanka Ultimate Tournament Guide for Fantasy Cheat Sheets and matchups section.
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