(NewsRadio); Sri Lanka will take on New Zealand in the first of the three-match One Day International series in Auckland tomorrow.
The series opener will get underway at Eden Park at 6.30am Sri Lanka time.
After the 2-0 win in the Test series against Sri Lanka, New Zealand will be hoping to carry their winning momentum to the ODI series and will back themselves to produce solid displays.
New Zealand – the 2015 and 2019 ODI World Cup runner-ups – have lost three out of their last five ODIs and are third in the ICC 50-over rankings, while 1996 World Cup winners Sri Lanka are ranked eighth and have just one win in their last five games in the format.
As far as the head-to-head in ODIs between these sides go, New Zealand lead Sri Lanka having won 49 out of the 99 games.
Sri Lanka, meanwhile, has won 41 of these encounters against the Kiwis and there have also been eight no results and one tie in these fixtures.
New Zealand has also won the last five encounters against Sri Lanka.
The upcoming series will be a part of the ODI World Cup Super Series and shall serve as Sri Lanka’s last chance to secure automatic qualification for the 50-over World Cup later this year.
The Lankans are currently ranked 10th with 77 points in the ODI World Cup Super Series, one point behind South Africa in ninth and 11 points behind West Indies in eighth.
Should they win this series, the Lankans can relax as their World Cup qualification for the 2023 edition will be all but secure, meaning they won’t have to go through further qualifying rounds.