After winning the first One Day International (ODI) at Christchurch by 3 wickets on 11th January 2015, the New Zealand team will be looking forward to continue their victory race in the 2nd ODI at Hamilton on 15 January. The pitch at Hamilton is supposed to be batting friendly and the team batting first is likely to set a huge target. In the first One Day International, batting first, Sri Lanka scored 218 for 9 in 50 overs, despite a fine century by Mahela Jayawardene, the rest of batting failed. While chasing, Brendon McCullum scored 51 runs while Corey Anderson scored 81 with which the home team secured a win by three wickets and 42 balls to spare, indicating their supremacy.
In the 2nd One day international Kane Williamson of New Zealand has been ruled out due to injury. So, a lot will depend on the openers Guptill and McCullum to provide a good start to the Kiwis. The middle-order consisting of Latham and Anderson will put all the efforts to score at better pace to take a lead in the series against a strong Asian side -Sri Lanka. The bowling of New Zealand looks formidable with the likes of Trent Boult, Adam Milne, Nathan McCullum and Corey Anderson providing breakthroughs when needed the most. Captain Brendon McCullum will lead from the front.
From the point of Sri Lanka, the top 3 batsmen must fight to team’s cause. T Dilshan, Karunaranthe and Sangakara, who failed in the first ODI, have to lay a solid foundation for Mahela Jayawarnde, Mathews and Thisara Perera to to tear apart the New Zealand’s bowling in the final overs. The bowling of Sri Lankan team is a decent one and can make good use of the prevailing conditions. The bowlers like Kulasekra, Senanayake, Thisara Perera, and Dilshan can do the same. The Sri Lankan team may consider bringing Dhammika Prasad in place of Eranga who was expensive in the first match.
New Zealand will play their aggressive game in the 2nd ODI to take formidable lead. However the Sri Lankan team knows that a win here will level the series 1-1; failing which the will let their team down by 0-2. If that happens, Sri Lanka will find it hard to comeback in the series. Therefore I am sure that Sri Lanka will come back hard in this game and make best of it.
Probable Playing XI for New Zealand:
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Grant Elliott, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne
Probable Playing XI for Sri Lanka:
Tillakaratne Dilshan, Dimuth Karunaratne, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Suranga Lakmal, Sachitra Senanayake
Date: January 15th, 2015
Time 06:30 IST