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04 Jan 2019 by Rob Esteva

New Zealand vs Sri Lanka – 2nd One-Day International Preview & Prediction

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AT A GLANCE

When is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Saturday, 5th January - 01:00 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka taking place? Mount Maunganui

What is the expected weather for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? 24-26c with sunshine forecast

What channel is New Zealand vs Sri Lanka on? The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Cricket

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? New Zealand vs Sri Lanka will be streamed live on Sky Go

Are tickets still available for New Zealand vs Sri Lanka? https://premier.ticketek.co.nz/shows/show.aspx?sh=EWBR0000018TP

LAST MEETING
New Zealand beat Sri Lanka by 45 runs

THE TEAM NEWS

NEW ZEALAND

Captain: Kane Williamson

  • New Zealand impressed in their victory in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka as they cantered home by 45 runs after smashing a stunning 371/7 with several of their batsmen looking in ominous form in that first match.
  • Martin Guptill looked in tremendous nick after returning from injury to smash 138 from 13 balls, while Williamson, Taylor and Neesham all impressed with the bat contributing nicely to the massive total that the tourists just could not live with.
  • Matt Henry was arguably the only negative from that match as he proved expensive going for 87 from his ten overs and giving Sri Lanka a sniff of hope so he could rotate back out of the side unless the are willing to give him another chance. A potential alternative is Doug Bracewell who could be handed an opportunity to impress although no further changes are likely.

SRI LANKA

Captain: Lasith Malinga

  • Sri Lanka showed good fight and character in chasing down New Zealand’s massive target of 371 but they were always looking to be a little too far behind the run-rate to have a realistic chance of winning, and they ultimately fell 45 runs short.
  • They loaded the batting department in an attempt to keep up with the hosts, but it saw them conceding a huge total, so they may consider bringing in another specialist bowler for this match and if they win the toss, they will unquestionably want to bat first if possible.
  • Dasun Shanaka could also potentially come into the side in the middle order to bolster them ahead of Asela Gunaratne, while they seem likely to persist with Dinesh Chandimal despite his struggles in the shorter formats of the game.

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand were in stunning form in the first ODI and that will only have given them further confidence coming into this second match. The quick turnaround in matches arguably benefits them more and they will be keen to wrap this series up at the first time of asking. Sri Lanka fought well but chasing that total was always going to be tough for them. They will want to bat first if they win the toss, but even still, the chance of them holding this strong Blackcaps batting line-up seems remote. Another win for the home side is on the cards.

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