|New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2014-15|
| New Zealand
||vs|| Sri Lanka
ScheduleSaturday, 10 January 2015 at 22:00 GMT / 22:00 UK / 03:30 IST
VenueHagley Oval, Christchurch
After overpowering Sri Lanka in Test Series New Zealand will start their World Cup preparation with a 7 series ODI series at Christchurch today. McCullum and his high spirited team is all set to showcase their best ever performance in ODI series and they have all reasons to be at the top of the world. Their all round performance in Test Series have been superb and at home they will have advantage over visitors.
Sri Lanka have struggled in ODIs. They were whitewashed and humiliated by their Northern neighbors India in another long series. If they don't regroup and comeback then they will face nothing but another miserable ODI series.
Good news for Sri Lanka is that the veteran trios of Dilshan, Mahila Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara are in the team and they are in good form. Another morale boosting news for them is that Malinga is back in the team and hopefully he will start his preparation for the World Cup as well after a long injury induced sabbatical. He might not start the first ODI though.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (capt.), Kane Williamson, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Luke Ronchi (wk) , Corey Anderson, Nathan McCullum, Mitchell McClenaghan/Adam Milne, Kyle Mills, Trent Boult
Sri Lanka: Dimuth Karunaratne, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Kumar Sangakkara (wk), Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews (capt.), Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perara, Jeevan Mendis/Dhammika Prasad, 9Nuwan Kulasekara, Sachithra Senanayake, Suranga Lakmal
New Zealand: WWLWL
Sri Lanka: WWLWL
Christchurch pitch will be not new and green as it has been worn out by Test match. It will offer bounce with slight turn.
There is slight chance of rain in the afternoon. Temperature will remain around 17 degree C with a wind of 23 km/hr.
New Zealand is clearly favourite to win with their allround performance. Sri Lanka will rely heavily on their strong batting line up to rescue them.