Nelson, January 08 at 3:30 AM IST
Thisara Perera’s incredible effort of 140 off 74 balls was not enough to help the visitors win and square the series in the second ODI against New Zealand. Saxton Oval hosts the third and last ODI of the series, promising another run-fest.
For the visitors to salvage pride and win the last encounter, the bowling must come good. In the two games played so far, the Kiwi batsmen have wreaked havoc on Sri Lankan bowling, piling on 300+ scores to dictate terms. In addition, Sri Lankan batsmen need to stick together if they are to match the hosts.
New Zealand, on the other hand, would be pleased with their performances in all three departments of the game. The hosts can use the last game as an opportunity to give fringe players a go. The senior quicks Trent Boult and Tim Southee might get a day off.
New Zealand Team News: Doug Bracewell is yet to feature in the series and Lockie Ferguson missed the last match. Both are likely to feature here. Matt Henry may well get another go.
Sri Lanka Team News: Dasun Shanaka is the expected change for the hosts Sri Lanka.
SL Playing 11: Niroshan Dickwella, Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Perera, Kusal Mendis, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Dasun Shanaka, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep, Lakshan Sandakan/ Dushmantha Chameera
NZ Playing 11: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tim Seifert, James Neesham, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson
Team 1, 2, 3: New Zealand’s top-4 leading the charge
– Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Ross Taylor have already made a mark in the ODI series, it’s time for captain Kane Williamson to come to the part.
– Choose captain/vice-captain from the top-4.
Team 4, 5, 6: Sri Lankan batsmen play out of their skins
– We have seen individual brilliance from Sri Lankan batsmen in the series, but they have not batted as a group, together. Well, this could be their game.
– Pick more SL batsmen and choose captain/vice-captain from them.
Team 7, 8: Team changes making their mark
Dasun Shanaka is likely to come in for Sri Lanka, while Doug Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson are expected to get a game for the Blackcaps