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Sri Lanka chose to bat v New Zealand

For the third time in the T20 series, Sri Lanka won the toss and chose to bat first against New Zealand.

The hosts made two injury-forced changes to the XI that lost on Tuesday. Seam-bowling allrounder Lahiru Madushanka will make his T20 debut, in place of Shehan Jayasuriya, while opener Danushka Gunathilaka enters the side in place of Kusal Mendis, who sustained a hairline fracture in his leg in a collision with Jayasuriya in the last match. This is Gunathilaka’s first match since he was disciplined for breaking curfew during a Test last year.

New Zealand have also made a change necessitated by injury. With Martin Guptill out with an abdomen strain, and Tom Bruce ruled out with a knee injury, Hamish Rutherford has been flown in from the UK, where he was playing county cricket, and enters the XI straightaway. Ross Taylor, who had been out of the last game with a hip niggle, comes back into the team as well.

And with the series all sewn up, New Zealand will also give legspinner Todd Astle a game. Astle has been with the squad since they arrived for the Tests, but has not had an opportunity to play an international so far. Ish Sodhi has been left out to make room.

New Zealand have already sewn up the series, winning the first two games.

Sri Lanka: 1 Danushka Gunathilaka, 2 Kusal Perera (wk), 3 Avishka Fernando, 4 Niroshan Dickwella, 5 Lahiru Madushanka, 6 Dasun Shanaka, 7 Wanindu Hasaranga, 8 Isuru Udana, 9 Akila Dananjaya, 10 Lasith Malinga (capt.), 11 Kasun Rajitha,

New Zealand: 1 Hamish Rutherford, 2 Colin Munro, 3 Tim Seifert (wk), 4 Colin de Grandhomme, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Daryl Mitchell, 7 Mitchell Santner, 8 Scott Kuggeleijn, 9 Todd Astle. 10 Seth Rance, 11 Tim Southee (capt.)