NEW ZEALAND VS SRI LANKA Live Score T20 world Cup 2012 Super 8
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor won the toss and elected to bat against Mahela Jayawardene led Sri Lankan team in the first Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 in Pallekele International Stadium on Thursday.
Martin Guptill is back in New Zealand's playing XI, replacing Adam Milne.
Sri Lanka have included Ajantha Mendis, who is about 90 per cent fit, and Akila Dananjaya. They have come in place of Dilshan Munaweera and Rangana Herath.
With one win and a loss in their respective group games in the league stage, both Sri Lanka and New Zealand would look to sort out their weaknesses quickly and get off to a winning start.
Sri Lanka were runners-up to South Africa in Group C, while New Zealand finished second to Pakistan in Group D after both of teams lost to strong opponents on their way to the Super Eight stage.
Sri Lanka after crushing Zimbabwe by 82 runs in their opening match of the tournament, subsequently lost to South Africa by 32 runs in a rain-curtailed seven-over-a-side game.
New Zealand, on the other hand, entered the knock-out stage after posting a 59-run win over Bangladesh, riding on Brendon McCullum's superb 123 off 58 balls. They lost to Pakistan by 13 runs in the next match but the result had no bearing on their chances, as the net run rate was healthy enough for the Kiwis to emerge from their group.
Thus, there is very little to choose between the two sides ahead of on Thursday's contest at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium here.
In fact, out of the nine T20 Internationals the two teams played so far, New Zealand won five and Sri Lanka four.
Interestingly, two out of nine of those ties were staged in Sri Lanka and the Black Caps managed to win both the matches at the RPS Colombo in 2009.
Sri Lanka: Tillakaratne Dilshan, Mahela Jayawardene (C), Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Lahiru Thirimanne, Angelo Mathews, Jeevan Mendis, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Lasith Malinga, Ajantha Mendis, Akila Dananjaya.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, James Franklin, Brendon McCullum (wk), Ross Taylor (C), Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, Nathan McCullum, Tim Southee, Kyle Mills.