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ICC World Cup 2019, NZ vs SL Preview: Can Sri Lanka be written off?

New Zealand beat India in their World Cup warm-up game before going down to the West Indies. Sri Lanka's tournament preparations have been not been ideal as they lost both of their warm-up fixtures

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (L) and Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (R)
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New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson (L) and Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne (R)

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In Match 3 of ICC World Cup 2019, Kane Williamson's New Zealand will face Sri Lanka at the Cardiff Wales Stadium on Saturday. The Black Caps reached the final four years ago for the first time after six semi-final defeats, but were defeated by Australia in Melbourne. Newly appointed captain Dimuth Karunaratne, who has returned to ODIs after four years, has been handed the responsibility of lifting a team that have lost eight of their past nine ODIs. Kane Williamson has replaced the swashbuckling Brendon McCullum as captain but the core of the team that came so close in 2015 remains.

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 7:57 PM IST

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