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New Zealand vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2011

Every cricket lover is gearing up to see New Zealand vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2011, which is going to be a clash of the titans. The match is going to take place on Friday, March 18, 2011 and is the 38th match of the cup. Spectators can watch the match in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai, India. In New Zealand, viewers can watch the match on Sky Sports and in Sri Lanka, the match can be seen on Rupavahini Corporation. In India, live telecast of the game is available on Star Cricket and ESPN. It is a Group A encounter.

Match Timing and Venue

The game will be played on Friday, March 18, 2011 at 2:30 p.m. IST. New Zealand vs Sri Lanka World Cup 2011 will be a day night match. Cricket aficionados in New Zealand can grab the excitement from 10 p.m. local time (Wellington). In Sri Lanka, viewers can see it from 2:30 p.m. local time. The venue for the match is Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Channels broadcasting New Zealand vs Sri Lanka 2011

Other than Rupavahini Corporation and Sky Sports, the match can be seen on the following channels:
  • Australia: Fox Sports and Nine Network
  • Afghanistan: Ariana Television Network: Lemar TV
  • Bangladesh: Bangladesh Television
  • Singapore: Star Cricket
  • Canada: Asian Television Network (ATN)
  • Africa: Supersport and SABC
  • India: ESPNStar Network (ESPN, Star Sports, and Star Cricket)
  • Europe (apart from United Kingdom and Ireland): Eurosport
  • Pacific Islands: Sky Pacific
  • Middle East (Including Qatar, Dubai, Saudi Arabia and all): Arab Radio and Television Network
  • South Africa: SABC and Supersport
  • Pakistan: GEO Super and Pakistan Television Network (PTN)
  • West Indies: Caribbean Media Corporation
  • China: ESPN Star Sports
  • Jamaica: Television Jamaica
  • Fiji: Fiji TV
  • USA: DirecTV, Willow Cricket, and Dish Network
  • South Asia (Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives): ESPNStar Cricket

About Wankhede Stadium

The Wankhede Stadium is a famous cricket ground in Mumbai, the commercial capital of India. This ground was constructed following disagreements between the Mumbai Cricket Association and Cricket Club of India (CCI), which is the owner of the Brabourne Stadium, regarding the distribution of tickets for matches. This was serious following the Test between England and India in 1973. At the proposal of Mr. S. K. Wankhede, the secretary of the Mumbai Cricket Association and a political leader, the Maharashtra Cricket Association constructed the new arena in Southern Mumbai, close to the Churchgate Railway Station. The arena was constructed in six months and opened in due course for the last test between the West Indies and India in 1975. From that time, the Wankhede Stadium has superseded Brabourne Stadium as the principal ground in Mumbai. The ground has a capacity of 45,000 and is constantly in competition to organize an international match in the country.

How will you reach Wankhede Stadium?

Wankhede Stadium is easy to reach. Local buses and auto rickshaws can help you reach there. The ground is closely located to the Churchgate Railway Station and it is the first station on the Western line. Wankhede Stadium is a prominent tourist attraction in South Mumbai and reaching there is not a problem especially if you board a taxi from the suburbs. The ground is also close to the Mumbai International Airport (Santa Cruz).

Fast facts and figures

Given below are some important facts and figures related to the ground:
  • Floodlights: Yes
  • Capacity: 45,000
  • Curator: Sudhir Naik.
  • End names: Tata End, Garware Pavilion End
  • The lowest test score at the stadium was 93 by Australia vs India in the 2004/05 season.
  • The highest test score at the stadium was 604/6 declared by the West Indies vs India in the 1974/75 season.
  • The highest One Day International score at the ground was 299/4 by India vs Sri Lanka in the 1986/1987 season.
  • The biggest partnership at the ground is 298 by RJ Shastri and DB Vengsarkar for India vs Australia in the 1986/87 season.
  • Architect - Shashi Prabhu and Associates
  • The lowest ODI score at the ground is 115 all out by Bangladesh vs India in the 1998 season.
  • Contractor - B.E. Billimoria and Company

About the Teams

New Zealand

Daniel Vettori (captain), James Franklin, Hamish Bennett, Jamie How, Martin Guptill, Nathan McCullum, Brendon McCullum (wicketkeeper), Jacob Oram, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Luke Woodcock and Kane Williamson

Sri Lanka

Kumar Sangakkara (Captain), Mahela Jayawardena, (Vice Captain), Upul Tharanga, T.M Dilshan, Thilan Samaraweera, Chamara Silva, Chamara Kapugedara, Angelo Mathews, Tissara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekera, Lasith Malinga, Dilhara Fernando, Muttiah Muralitharan, Ajantha Mendis, and Rangana Herath

Past performances of Sri Lanka and New Zealand in World Cup

Sri Lanka were the champions in 1996, they reached the semifinals in 2003 and lost the cup final to Australia in 2007.

New Zealand reached the semifinal stage of the tournament a number of times � in 1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, and 2007 but have not been able to win the cup once.

Strength of Sri Lanka and New Zealand

The cricket world cup match between Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be a close contest. Both teams are eager to score a win. Chances of the Sri Lankans winning the match are higher but the Kiwis will put up a good show. The Lankans have already beaten the Canadians comprehensively by 210 runs. They will depend on players like Sangakkara, Jayawardena, Dilshan, and Tharanga for batting and Kulasekera, Malinga, Fernando, Muralitharan and Mendis comprise a strong pace-spin bowling attack.

New Zealand has already won one match. They have beaten Kenya by 10 wickets. They will also make use of experiences of participating in the earlier versions of the cup. Their batting lineup is dependent on players like How, Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Ryder, Taylor and Styris. Bowlers like Southee, Vettori, Franklin, and Oram pose a strong bowling side.

All the best wishes to both New Zealand and Sri Lanka to perform well in the upcoming world cup match.


You can get tickets from the Wankhede Stadium gates. You can also buy them on the Internet.

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Last Updated on 01 April 2011

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