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SL, NZ look to start Super 8 campaign on winning note

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 when they clash in the first Super Eight match of the ICC World Twenty20 on Thursday.

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.

There is very little to choose between the two sides ahead of Thursday’s contest. In fact, out of nine T20Is 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 in 2009.

New Zealand can also take heart from the fact that they would be playing at the same venue where they had played both their league games, while Sri Lanka’s two matches took place at Hambantota.

Inspite of this, the Islanders are expected to bank heavily on the home advantage.
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