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SL vs NZ Dream11 Match Prediction | 2nd T20I Playing11, Fantasy Team News

By Akshay singh

SL vs NZ Dream11 Match Prediction | 2nd T20I | Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Match Preview

Pallekele International Cricket Stadium, Pallekele, September 3rd at 07:00 PM IST

It was a sublime effort from the visitors to win the first T20I against Sri Lanka by 5 wickets at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in an evening affair. The two teams will now stay back here to play the second game of the series.

Summary of the first T20I

Winning the toss and batting first, Sri Lankan innings got off to a flier courtesy some lusty blows from Kusal Mendis. His knock of 79 from 53 deliveries set the tone for Sri Lanka’s big score. However, no able support from the middle-order meant that the hosts were reduced to 179 for the loss of 4 wickets after a terrific start.

Skipper Tim Southee led from the front with the ball as he scalped 2 wickets for 20 runs from 4 overs. New Zealand didn’t have a stable start in the chase as they lost their first three wickets for just 39 runs.

However, a 79 runs stand for the fourth wicket between Ross Taylor and Colin de Grandhomme asserted their chase and the Blackcaps finally got over the line with 5 wickets in hand and 3 balls to spare.

What’s next?

One more win here for the Blackcaps will see them take an unassailable lead in the three-match series. The hosts will be looking to bounce back in this game to stay alive in the series.


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Head to Head in T20Is

Played- 18

New Zealand won- 09

Sri Lanka won- 07

Tied/No-result: 02


Pitch stats in T20Is

As seen in the first game, the ball was coming onto the bat pretty nicely but at the same time, there was ample swing for the new ball bowlers. With another windy and cloudy day expected, we once again can witness a good battle between the bat and ball.

Highest Total:

263/3 (20 Ov) by AUS vs SL

Lowest Total:

116/10 (18 Ov) by SL vs IND

Highest Chased:

178/2 (18.4 Ov) by PAK vs BAN

Lowest Defended:

157/9 (20 Ov) by SL vs AUS


SL vs NZ Team News

Sri Lanka Team News

  • Leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga made his debut in the last game and scalped 2 wickets from his quota of 4 overs. He is expected to retain his place in the eleven.
  • Kasun Rajitha was way too expensive in the last game as he gave away 44 runs from 4 overs. He could lose his place to Lahiru Kumara who was warming the bench in the last game.
  • Batting all-rounder Lahiru Madushanka is also an option to feature in the eleven at the expense of Shehan Jayasuriya who didn’t get to bat and was taken for 10 runs from an over he bowled.
  • Dasun Shanaka wasn’t used as a bowling option in the last game by skipper Lasith Malinga. If needed, he could be one handy bowler.

New Zealand Team News

  • Pacer Lockie Ferguson has been ruled out of the remainder of the series with a fractured thumb.
  • Seth Rance was pretty expensive in the last game courtesy Kusal Mendis who was all over him in his first over of the spell. However, with the visitors having not many options in the seam bowling department, he will be keeping his place in the eleven.
  • Tom Bruce and Todd Astle were the two players who were benched in the last game and it looks like they will be warming the bench once again.
  • With the conditions not favoring the spinners much, the team management won’t look beyond Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner in the spin bowling department.

SL vs NZ Squads

SL Squad

Lasith Malinga (c), Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Wanidu Hasaranga, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Perera, Lakshan Sandakan, Kusal Menids, Danushka Gunathilaka, Lahiru Madhushanka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha, Akila Dananjaya.

NZ Squad

Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Seth Rance, Colin de Grandhome, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell.


SL vs NZ Playing11 (Expected)

Sri Lanka Playing 11-

Kusal Perera, Kusal Menids, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Lahiru Madhushanka/Shehan Jayasuriya, Avishka Fernando, Isuru Udana, Kasun Rajitha/Lahiru Kumara, Lasith Malinga, Akila Dananjaya

New Zealand Playing 11-

Martin Guptill, Seth Rance, Tim Southee, Daryl Mitchell, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert, Colin de Grandhomme


SL vs NZ Dream11 Fantasy Team

Fantasy picks from Sri Lanka-

Kusal Mendis was exceptional in the last match as he scored 79 from 53 deliveries which included 8 fours and 2 sixes.

Wicket-keeper batsman Kusal Perera is a brute-force at the top order. Although he got out cheaply in the last game but his pyrotechnics are definitely somewhere around the corner. He has scored a fifty in his last 4 T20I innings.

Niroshan Dickwella is another impactful player. He is not opening the innings in this series but is a reliable bet. In the last game, he scored 33 before getting run-out unfortunately. He has a healthy strike-rate of 138.84 in T20Is.

Skipper Lasith Malinga is just 1 short of 100 T20I wickets. He will be the first bowler to achieve this accolade in T20Is. He finished with figures of 2 for 23 in the last game.

Fantasy picks from New Zealand-

Ross Taylor is definitely a pivotal part of this inexperienced batting line-up. He proved his mettle in the last game with a 29-balls 48 and was involved in a match-saving partnership along with Colin de Grandhomme.

Martin Guptill got out cheaply in the last game but us a real game-changer on his own. He has 2283 runs against his name from 75 T20I innings which is the most by any batsmen in this format.

Colin Munro holds the record for most centuries in T20Is. He has scored 3 centuries and has accumulated 1411 runs from 50 innings.

Skipper Tim Southee was the pick of the bowlers in the last game as he finished the night with 2 for 20 from 4 overs.

All-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner are handy with both bat and ball. de Grandhomme has 305 runs to his name along with 10 wickets from 17 innings, meanwhile, Mitchell Santner has scored 211 runs from 21 innings at a strike-rate of 125.59 and taken 35 wickets from 31 matches.

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Akshay singh

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