NZ vs SL 5th ODI Live Info, Match Preview – McCullum Missed Out

New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Live Updates, Score Card: The fifth and final ODI between ongoing New Zealand Sri Lanka ODI Series will be played on Tuesday, 5th January 2016. The visitors Sri Lanka faced heavy defeats in the first 2 matches but they recovered well in the 3rd ODI and the 4th ODI was washed out in the rain.

In the 5th match of the one-day series, Sri Lanka will look to win the match and make it 2 all for the series whereas the host New Zealand will look to win the match and seal the series by 3-1 and add another series victory under their belt and continue their excellent run in International cricket.

New Zealand Vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Live Updates

Match – 5th ODI
Venue – Mount Maunganui
Match Time – 11:00 Local and 22:00 GMT

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Updates
New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Updates

Apparently, the hosts will be under huge pressure as they will be missing the services of captain Brendon McCullum in the final ODI as well due to his injury and Kane Williamson will continue to lead the side.

In a press interaction, Mike Hesson, Head Coach, New Zealand told about the condition of McCullum and the report is not good for McCullum fans.

“He is really struggling. His progress is not as well as we had thought”, he said. The latest news reports also claimed that Brendon McCullum has been ruled out of the T20 series against Sri Lanka and the forthcoming series against Pakistan.

However, the return of Trent Boult in the side will boost the confidence of hosts. New Zealand is currently using rotation policy for their strike bowlers, keeping World T20 2016 in mind.

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 5th ODI Updates
Sri Lanka Will Look To Draw The Series

Looking at the Sri Lankan side, they are bit more confident after winning the 3rd ODI comfortably and bowled nicely in the 4th match. They are much dependent on the top order and their bowling department is hugely dependent around spinners. The side easily chased down the target of 277 in the 3rd match, thanks to the major contributions made by top 3 batsman.

Although, New Zealand team looks in discomfort in the absence of McCullum, they still hold the dominating position with the presence of Guptill, Williamson and Boult.

The final battle is going to be a cracker one between the two sides and both sides will try to finish at the top.

NZ Vs SL 5th ODI Expected Playing XI

New Zealand Probable Playing XI

T Boult, K Williamson (Capt), M Guptill, T Latham, M McClenaghan, L Ronchi (WK), M Santner, IS Sodhi, T Southee, R Taylor, A Milne

Sri Lanka Probable Playing XI

A Mathews (Capt), L Thirimannae, D Chameera, D Chandimal, T Dilshan, N Pradeep, N Kulasekara, S Lakmal, A Mendis, S Senanayake, JDF Vandersay

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