The touring Kiwis would be looking for an unassailable lead in the three-match T20I series against Lankans at Kandy on Tuesday. The opening game of the series was a thrilling affair, where the experience of New Zealanders proved too much for young Sri Lanka side.
The wicket was on the slower side in the first encounter on Sunday, although close to 350 runs were scored. It would be same, more or less.
Where – Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Kandy
When – September 3, 7:00 PM IST
Head-to-head (last five T20Is)
SL – 1, NZ – 4
New Zealand Team News:
Sri Lanka Team News:
Avishka Fernando was off-colour in the first T20I but is likely to be persisted with.
Shehan Jayasuriya and Kasun Rajita too had forgetful outing for Sri Lanka and are doubtful starters here.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand 2nd T20I Predicted XIs
SL Playing 11: Lasith Malinga (c), Kusal Perera (wk), Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Shehan Jayasuriya, Akila Dananjaya, Isuru Udana, Wanidu Hasaranga, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara
NZ Playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Daryl Mitchell, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Seth Rance/Todd Astle
Sri Lanka Fantasy Picks: Kusal Mendis, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya
New Zealand Fantasy Picks: Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee
WK: Perera, Seifert
Batsmen: Avishka, Mendis, Guptill, Taylor
All-rounders: Hasaranga, C d Grandhomme
Bowlers: Malinga, Dananjaya, Southee
Captain choices – Mendis, Guptill, Taylor, C d Grandhomme