ABOUT THE MATCH
New Zealand have cruised to a 1-0 lead in the 3 match ODI series after a rampant 45 run victory in the first match at the same venue. They seem to be the team in form and also have momentum on their side. They have every chance of sealing the series with a win in the second ODI.
New Zealand and Sri Lanka have now met 96 times in ODIs, with the Kiwis winning 46 of those encounters. Lanka have won 41 with 1 match ending without a result and 1 match ending in a tie.
New Zealand Team News
Veteran Martin Guptill smashed his 14th ODI century in the series opener. He got able support from skipper Kane Williamson as they helped the hosts post a mammoth total of 371. There were also late fireworks from James Neesham who scored an unbeaten 43 off just 13 deliveries including 5 consecutive sixes. Their mammoth score and all round energy meant that victory was pretty much sealed by the interval and they just had to see out the Lankan batting.
Neesham was playing an ODI after a year and a half but he led the charge with the ball as well, picking up 3 wickets. Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi also picked up 2 wickets apiece and while they were all expensive, the hosts had enough runs on the board to defend the score with ease.
Sri Lanka Team News
Kusal Perera tried his best for Lanka with a well-made century and he got support from Niroshan Dickwella who scored 76. There was some useful contributions from opener Danushka Gunathilaka as well but the target was too massive to be chased down. Despite the response by the front 3, the rest of the Lankan batting hardly put up a fight.
Earlier in the match, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Thisara Perera had all picked up 2 wickets each but they leaked too many runs and that was their undoing. In his first match as full time captain, Malinga has been fined 20% of his match fees for Lanka's slow over rate. If this happens again in the next 12 months, he will be suspended for a match. Slow over rate is an issue that Lanka has struggled with in recent years and they really need to avoid that again in the series. Their bowling has its task clearly cut out and will have to do its best to limit the New Zelanaders from scoring big when they meet again on Saturday.
Another cloudy day expect over the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. It was quite apparent from the first ODI that this is a run scoring paradise but it will offer some assistance to the bowlers as well later in the day. Another big score can be expected in the first innings.
Winning the toss will be crucial. Expect the team winning the toss to elect to bat again.
Our Match Prediction
New Zealand to win the second match and seal the series.
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