New Zealand v Sri Lanka 2nd ODI Tips, Predictions and Preview - Black Caps bid to win series

New Zealand and Sri Lanka

A comfortable 45-run win in the first ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui gave New Zealand a 1-0 lead in the three-match series against Sri Lanka. 

The hosts now have a chance to win the series when the sides meet again at the same venue for the second ODI on Saturday.

New Zealand


Martin Guptill (138 in 139 balls) announced his return to the squad with an innings laced with top shots, while captain Kane Williamson (76 in 74) was at his usual best. It is another returning player, James Neesham, who caught the attention with 47* in 13 balls (6X6) and 3/38 with the ball.

The Kiwis didn’t have much to worry from the first ODI, although Matt Henry’s struggles (1/87) gives them something to think. With another true surface in the wait, the second match could also boil down to how well the New Zealand batsmen play out.

Sri Lanka


Sri Lanka’s struggles in the format continued, as they lost the plot in the slog overs with the ball. The three seamers – Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Thisara Perera – picked two wickets each, but were expensive. The batting returns of top-three, especially Niroshan Dickwell (76 in 50) and Kusal Perera (102 in 86), was the lone high point of their batting.

Captain Malinga and the Sri Lankan side has very little time to pick the pieces up and prepare for the second match. Another loss will condemn them to a series loss, but that’s not the lone worry. In the larger context of things, Sri Lanka are desperate for a way to end their ODI troubles.

Match Up


The batting firepower of the Kiwis stands out with each player of their top-six in good form. The return of Neesham gives the side balance with both the bat and the ball.

Sri Lanka bowled well for the most part of the innings, only to falter in the late onslaught from Neesham. The middle-order woes put more pressure on the top-three and Malinga will hope for some runs from the likes of Kusal Mendis and Dinesh Chandimal.

History & Statistics 


  • New Zealand have won 26 of 41 ODIs against Sri Lanka at home.
  • New Zealand have won 39 of their last 51 home ODIs.
  • Ross Taylor has 6 50+ scores in his last seven visits to the crease in the ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka have lost 34 of their last 45 completed ODIs.
  • Sri Lanka have no wins in their last 11 completed matches (Tied 1, lost ten) in South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia (SENA).
  • The last time Sri Lanka won an away game in SENA countries was against New Zealand in 2015.

Key Players


Guptill took all the plaudits and the ‘man of the match’ award, but it is Neesham’s hard-hitting that took the game away from Sri Lanka. He could once again be the one leading New Zealand’s charge.

Kusal Perera showed that belligerent batting is still Sri Lanka’s DNA at the top of the order. His runs could form the solid bridge that the visitors want between their top and middle orders.

Tips


Back New Zealand to score the most 6s @ $1.44 (BetEasy).

Back Martin Guptill to score a fifty in the match @ $2.25 (bet365).

Back Niroshan Dickwella to score at least one six @ $3.75 (Ladbrokes).

*Odds correct at 10.00pm AEST on 04/01/19

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