SL vs NZ 3rd T20: Dream11 Prediction, Preview & Key Players

SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Preview, and Key Players for the 3rd T20I match. Sri Lanka and New Zealand will face off at Pallekele. 

New Zealand has got an unaccessible 2-0 lead in the T20I series defeating hosts by 5 and 4 wickets in two matches. In the second T20I, Sri Lanka gave a target of 162 to Kiwis with the help of good knocks of 39 and 37 from Niroshan Dickwella and Avishka Fernando. Also, Injured Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya made handy contributions with the bat. The pace trio of Rance-Southee-Kuggeleijn starred for the visitors taking seven scalps among them with three belonging to Seth Rance.

Chasing the target, Guptill less Kiwi top order failed again and were limping on 38-3. After that Colin De Grandhomme and Tom Bruce came on the crease and scored 59 and 53 runs to ensure successful last over chase for the team. Mitch Santner scored the winning runs with his 2 ball-10 run knock. Akila Dananjaya was the sole positive for Sri Lanka taking three-wicket haul in losing cause for his team.

With many key players out due to injury, Sri Lanka will fancy their chances to end the tour on a winning note while Kiwis will hope to continue their winning momentum.

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When and Where

SL vs NZ, 3rd T20I, New Zealand tour of Sri Lanka 2019.
Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele.
6th Sept 2019, 07:00 PM.
Live Score

Venue Stats

Average 1st innings score: 169

Average 2nd innings  score: 147

Pitch is expected to favor batsmen. Death bowlers can also yield good points. There are possibility of rain.



Lasith Malinga, Avishka Fernando, Danushka Gunathilaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Isuru Udana, Lahiru Madushanka, Dasun Shanaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Lakshan Sandakan, Akila Dhananjaya.


Tim Southee, Tom Bruce, Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggleijn, Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi.

Team News

Sri Lanka:

  • Kusal Mendis and Shehan Jayasuriya are ruled out of tomorrow’s encounter due to injury.
  • Danushka Gunathilaka is likely to replace Mendis as opener while Pace all-rounder Lahiru Madushanka can replace Jayasuriya in the playing XI.
  • Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Perera can open the innings. Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella and Dasun Shanaka will follow them.
  • Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Madushanka, W Hasaranga and Isuru Udana will play the role of allrounder.
  • Lasith Malinga will spearhead the pace attack along with Lahiru Madushanka, Shanaka, and Udana.
  • Akila Dananjaya and W Hasaranga will be the key spinners along with Lakshan Sandakan.

New Zealand:

  • Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the series due to injury. No replacement has been announced.
  • Martin Guptill has also been ruled out of the third T20I while Place of Tom Bruce is risky. If fit, Tom Bruce will play otherwise Hamish Rutherford will play and open the innings.
  • After missing out the last match, Ross Taylor has been declared fit to play tomorrow.
  • Tim Seifert and Colin Munro will open the innings. Ross Taylor and Tom Bruce will handle the middle order. Colin de Grandhomme, D Mitchell and M Santner will follow them.
  • Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell and M Santner will play the role of an allrounder.
  • Scott Kuggelejin, Seth Rance and Tim Southee can also be handy with the bat.
  • Tim Southee will spearhead the pace attack along with Kuggelejin, Seth Rance, Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell.
  • Ish Sodhi/Todd Astle and M Santner will handle the spin department. There is a high chance of Todd Astle playing in place of Ish Sodhi.

Probable Playing XI


Danusha Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, W Hasaranga, Lahiru Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Lasith Malinga (C), L Sandakan.


Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Tom Bruce/Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, M Santner, Scott Kuggelejin, Tim Southee (C), Seth Rance, Ish Sodhi/Todd Astle.

Key Players


Primary Options: Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella and Tim Siefert

Kusal Perera is in super attacking form from past one year but failed to make a mark in test series. He will be eager to score big tomorrow after early departure in both the T20I’s.

Niroshan Dickwella has been appointed as deputy to Malinga and is an attacking batsman. He scored 33 and 39 runs in two matches.

Tim Siefert proved his talent in the last series and is a brilliant batsman. He can open the innings but failed in both encounters.

Batsmen for SL vs NZ Dream11 Prediction:

Primary Options: Ross Taylor, Avishka Fernando, Colin Munro, D Gunathilaka, Tom Bruce.

Ross Taylor has performed exceptionally well from past two years and is in good form. He also scored 41* runs in practice match and 48 runs in the first T20I. He will play tomorrow.

Avishka Fernando is an attacking batsman and has performed brilliantly in limited chances. He failed in the first encounter but scored stroke-filled 37 in the second match.

Colin Munro has a good record in this format and scored 48* runs in practice match. He can score at a blistering strike rate. However, He got out on golden duck and 13 runs in two games.

Danushka Gunathilaka is an attacking and talented opener who can also bowl a few overs. He can be the best pick in Dream11 grand league.

Tom Bruce is a talented performer and scored match-winning 53 in the second T20I. He will play only if he recovers fully from injury.

All-rounders NZ vs SL Dream11:

Primary Options: Colin De Grandhomme, Isuru Udana, Dasun Shanaka, Daryl Mitchell

Colin De Grandhomme has performed well in recent times. He scored 44 and 59 runs in two matches after getting promotion in the batting order. He also starred in the second test and is a must pick in NZ vs SL Dream11 team.

Isuru Udana is a lethal pacer and can be quite useful in death overs with his variations. He can also score attacking cameos with the bat. He scored 15* and 13 runs in two matches and also bowled good spell in last encounter taking one scalp.

Dasun Shanaka is an attacking batsman and handy medium-pace bowler. He scored 17* and 0 runs in two matches. He is unlikely to make any contribution with the ball.

Daryl Mitchell scored crucial knock of 25* runs in the first match and can also bowl a few overs of medium pace. He has also not bowled yet in this series.

Other Options: M Santner, W Hasaranga

Mitchell Santner can be useful in spin-friendly conditions with his turn and bounce. He scored 14* and 10* runs in two matches.

Wanidu Hasaranga made his debut in the first T20I and took two scalps. He can also score few runs with the bat.

Bowlers for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka Dream11:

Primary Options: L Malinga, T Southee, Akila Dananjaya, and Scott Kuggeleijn.

Skipper Lasith Malinga is defying age and is one of the best bowlers of this format. He took two scalps in the first T20 but failed in the next match.

Kiwi Stand-in Skipper Tim Southee is in awful form recently but bowled good spell in both the matches taking two wickets each. He can also score quick runs with the bat.

Akila Dananjaya is a wicket-taking spinner and took three scalps in the second encounter. He can also be handy with the bat.

Scott Kuggeleijn is a handy pace allrounder. He took four-wicket haul in practice match and two scalps in the second T20I. He is a good batsman too and can be promoted like the last match.

Other Options: Ish Sodhi

Ish Sodhi can be a match-winner with his spin bowling. He took three wickets in practice match and brought a plethora of wickets in Canada T20 League. He is risky for tomorrow’s encounter.

SL vs NZ Dream11 Team Prediction

After the announcement of the playing XI, This team will be updated on Telegram.

Team updated:

Kusal Perera(wk) (C)
Niroshan Dickwella(wk)
Tim Seifert(wk)
Avishka Fernando
Colin Munro (Vc2)
Ross Taylor
C de Grandhomme (Vc)
Isuru Udana/Wanidu Hasaranga
Lasith Malinga
Tim Southee
Scott Kuggeleijn

Captain and Vc Choices: Kusal Perera, Colin De Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Avishka Fernando, Colin Munro, Niroshan Dickwella, Tim Southee, Akila Dananjaya, Tim Siefert.

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Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.


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