Man of the Match: TG Southee
New Zealand eye series win against Sri Lanka at Pallekele!
Our Prediction is New Zealand to win!
Host Sri Lanka will be looking to make a strong comeback when they face New Zealand in the second match of the T20I series at Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy on Tuesday.
Captain Lasith Malinga will be hoping that side can learn from their mistakes and make a strong comeback against New Zealand in this game. The bowlers will need to make considerable improvements in order for Sri Lanka to level the three-match T20I series on Tuesday.
On the other hand, New Zealand will be pleased with their credible win in the opening game of the T20I series. Captain Tim Southee will be hoping that New Zealand can maintain their standards with bat and ball and clinch the T20I series against Sri Lanka.
The home side will be keen to deliver a clinical performance with bat and ball in a bid to level the T20I series. Captain Lasith Malinga will be hoping that the side can produce their best cricket in this game.
In the batting department, the side will be depending on the likes of Kusal Mendis, wicket-keeper Kusal Perera and Avishka Fernando to deliver the bulk of the runs. In the previous game, Kusal Mendis played exceedingly well and got the side off to a decent start. He scored a splendid half-century to help Sri Lanka post a competitive total on the board. Mendis scored 79 off 53 balls with the help of eight fours and two sixes. Wicket-keeper Kusal Mendis and Avishka Fernando failed to capitalize on their good start in the previous game and will be looking to deliver runs for the side in this game. Niroshan Dickwella produced a sensible innings for Sri Lanka and scored 33 off 25 balls with the help of two boundaries. All-rounder Dasun Shanaka and Isuru Udana added crucial runs in the later stages of the game to see Sri Lanka post 175 runs in their 20 overs.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Lasith Malinga, Akila Dhananjaya and Wanindu Hasaranga. Veteran pace bowler Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers in the opening T20I game played at Pallekele. Hasaranga also bowled well and finished with figures of 2 for 21 in his four overs. Lahiru Kumara might come in place of Kasun Rajitha who conceded more than 40 runs in his four overs.
Lasith Malinga (captain), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dhananjaya, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara.
Niroshan Dickwella, Akila Dananjaya, Avishka Fernando, Shehan Jayasuriya, Kusal Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Kusal Mendis , Wanidu Hasaranga, Lakshan Sandakan, Isuru Udana, Lasith Malinga
On the other hand, New Zealand registered five-wicket over Sri Lanka in the first T20I game played at Pallekele. With this result, Tim Southee and co. have taken 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
In the batting department, the visitors will be relying heavily on the likes of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor to do the bulk of the scoring. The opening pair of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will need to produce runs and get the side off to a good start. Martin Guptill looked in good touch and perished for 11 runs off 12 balls. The experienced opener will need to put in a big score for the side in this game. His opening partner, Colin Munro was dismissed for a first-ball duck. Pugnacious left-hander will need to spend time at the crease and produce a notable score in this game.
Wicket-keeper Tim Siefert also chipped in with 15 off 21 balls with the help of one four. With New Zealand in deep trouble at 39 for 3 after 7.2 overs, Ross Taylor came to the crease and delivered a splendid batting performance. He added 79 runs with Colin de Grandhomme to bail the side out of trouble. Taylor scored 48 off 29 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. He was well supported by all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who scored a sublime 44 runs off 28 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes. Rookie Daryl Mitchell played well and added unbeaten partnership with Mitchell Santner to help New Zealand complete the chase in the final over of the innings. Mitchell scored unbeaten 25 off 19 balls with the help of two sixes whereas Santner chipped in with 14 off 8 balls.
In the bowling department, the onus will be on the pace trio of Tim Southee, Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn to make breakthroughs with the new-ball. Southee was standout bowler for New Zealand in the previous game and picked up two wickets. Rance and Kuggeleijn were expensive in the previous game and leaked almost 75 runs from combined six overs between them. The duo will need to put in an improved performance in this game.The spin duo of Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi bowled well and conceded less than seven runs an over.
Tim Southee (captain), Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Seth Rance, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi
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Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Bruce, Ish Sodhi, TG Southee
The wicket prepared for the game will be excellent for batting. The quick bowlers might receive some lateral movement off the pitch. The weather forecast for the game to be played on Tuesday is expected to remain cloudy throughout the day.
The side that wins the toss would be keen to bat first and put runs on the board. Batting second will be not easy as spinners might get some assistance off the pitch. Venue Pallekele International Cricket Stadium is going to host the second T20I between New Zealand and Sri Lanka. Home side will be looking to make amends for their poor record after losing their last two games at this venue.
Based on current form, New Zealand will be favorites to win the second T20I game against Sri Lanka. With the likes of Ross Taylor, Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme showing excellent form, New Zealand will be hard to beat in this game.
Our winning prediction for the day is: New Zealand to clinch the T20I series at Pallekele.