Who will win Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd T20?
New Zealand can wrap up a series win against Sri Lanka when the two teams return to the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium for the second T20i in their three-game series in Kandy. The match takes place on September 3 and starts at 19:00 local time.
The Black Caps chased 175 to win the first match by five wickets, with Ross Taylor top-scoring with 48 from 29 balls. New Zealand have now won four of the five T20 internationals they have played in 2019.
Earlier, Kusal Mendis had led Sri Lanka to 174/4 from their 20 overs, before Lasith Malinga’s record-breaking 99th T20 international wicket put them on top. Though Malinga is one away from becoming the first man to 100 in the format, Sri Lanka have not won any of their last six T20 internationals.
SL vs NZ, 2nd T20: Where to watch/Live streaming
TV channels: Star Sports, Sky Sports, Fox Sports, SuperSport, ATN Cricket Plus, Willow TV, OSN Sports Cricket, GTV
Live streaming: Hotstar, Now TV, SuperSport Live
SL vs NZ Toss Prediction
Sri Lanka won the toss in the last two matches of this tour, so New Zealand are due to win it this time. They chased well last time though, and may be happy to field first again.
SL vs NZ Weather Report
Conditions in Kandy should be ideal for cricket on Tuesday evening with a very low chance of rain and temperatures sticking in the mid-20s throughout the evening.
SL vs NZ Pitch Condition
In T20 international cricket, there has tended to be a lot of runs at Kandy. The pitch offers good bounce, and tends to hold its form – particularly in the shorter format.
Read on for team previews, betting tips, latest odds and match prediction for Sri Lanka vs New Zealand, 2nd T20...
Sri Lanka Team News & Playing 11
SL Team News
Sri Lanka could make changes for this second match, with Avishka Fernando having struggled with the bat in the first match, while Kasun Rajitha was loose with the ball. Danushka Gunathilaka could come into the team with the bat, while Lahiru Madushanka is a good option with the ball, or Lakshan Sandakan if they want an extra spinner.
SL Key Players
Lasith Malinga: Now the leading wicket-taker in T20 international history, the slingy fast bowler is one wicket away from his 100th in the format after claiming 2-23 last time out.
Kusal Mendis: Set the tone at the top of the order with 79 from 53 balls, including eight fours and two sixes, to continue the good limited-overs form he had found towards the end of the World Cup too.
Isuru Udana: In-demand in franchise T20 cricket and, while he is inconsistent, the left-handed paceman’s bowling ability at his best should not be overlooked. He is also a handy lower-order pinch hitter with the bat.
SL Team Form
Sri Lanka are without a win in their last six T20 internationals. The closest they came was in their first game against South Africa in March, when they tied the game but lost on a super over, but they have lost three times since. That includes two defeats in the remaining two games against South Africa, before they were unable to defend their 174/4 in the first game of this series. Their last win was a three-wicket victory at home to South Africa in August 2018.
Sri Lanka Predicted Playing 11
Kusal Mendis, Kusal Perera (wk), Danushka Gunathilaka, Niroshan Dickwella, Dasun Shanaka, Isuru Udana, Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Madushanka, Akila Dananjaya, Wanindu Hasaranga, Lasith Malinga (c)
New Zealand Team News & Playing 11
NZ Team News
With Lockie Ferguson ruled out with a broken thumb, and Kane Williamson and Trent Boult rested, New Zealand only have 13 players on this tour. Tim Southee is leading the charge and it could be an unchanged team – with Todd Astle and Tom Bruce missing out – for the second game of SL vs NZ 2019 series.
NZ Key Players
Tim Southee: Led from the front last time out, bowling eight dot balls and not conceding a single boundary on his way to figures of 2-20 from four overs.
Ross Taylor: Hit 53* in the warm-up game and then 48 in the first match of the series to continue what has been an excellent run of form over the past 18 months or so.
Colin de Grandhomme: Scored 44 from 28 balls last time in a valuable partnership with Taylor, as well as being a good option with the ball too.
NZ Team Form
New Zealand have won four of the five T20 internationals they have played in 2019. Having already beaten Sri Lanka at home in January, they also beat India 2-1 in February.
They then started this series in good form, with Tim Southee taking two wickets and Ross Taylor leading the reply as New Zealand, set 175 to win, secured a five-wicket victory in the final over.
New Zealand Predicted Playing 11
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Seth Rance, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Head to Head
New Zealand, after beating Sri Lanka at home at the start of the year and again in the first game of this series, are now one short of ten T20 international victories in this fixture. Sri Lanka have won six outright and won after a tie in another, with one game ended in a no result. Prior to their five-wicket win last time out, New Zealand posted 179/7 in their previous meeting – powered by Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn’s late hitting – before Lockie Ferguson (3-21) and Ish Sodhi (3-30) helped bowl Sri Lanka out for 144 in reply.
SL vs NZ Head to Head Stats
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Betting Odds
New Zealand are big favourites to win this second T20 international and win the series.
SL Bet365 Odds
- SL to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are 2.37 to win the second T20i with Bet365
- SL Top Batsman: Kusal Mendis is 3.60 favourite to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman after his exploits in the first game, while Kusal Perera is 4.33. With Danushka Gunathilaka pushing for a reacall, he is 4.50.
- SL Top Bowler: Lasith Malinga is 3.75 favourite to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler as he pursues his 100th T20 international wicket. Akila Dananjaya is 4.33, while Isuru Udana can be backed at 4.50.
NZ Bet365 Odds
- NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are 1.57 favourites to wrap up a series win with victory in this second game of the series.
- NZ Top Batsman: Martin Guptill is 3.50 favourite to be New Zealand’s top batsman, while Colin Munro is 3.75. After top-scoring last time out, Ross Taylor is 5.00, while Colin de Grandhomme – who also batted well in the first game – is a good price at 7.00.
- NZ Top Bowler: Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are both 4.00 to be New Zealand’s top bowler in the second T20i. Tim Southee took two wickets last time out, meanwhile, and he is 4.50, as is Scott Kuggeleijn.
SL Betway Odds
- SL to Win the Match: Sri Lanka are 2.25 outsiders to win the second T20 international with Betway.
- SL Top Batsman: Kusal Mendis is 4.00 with Betway to be Sri Lanka’s top batsman, having excelled in the first game, but Betway have made Kusal Perera favourite at 3.25. Danushka Gunathilaka is 5.00, while Niroshan Dickwella is 5.50.
- SL Top Bowler: Lasith Malinga is 3.25 to be Sri Lanka’s top bowler after taking his 98th and 99th T20i wickets in the first game. Isuru Udana is 4.00, while Akila Dananjaya can be backed at 5.00.
NZ Betway Odds
- NZ to Win the Match: New Zealand are favourites to beat Sri Lanka in the second T20 international at 1.61 with Betway.
- NZ Top Batsman: Martin Guptill is 3.50 favourite to be New Zealand’s top batsman, while Colin Munro is 4.00. Ross Taylor is next on the list and can be backed at 4.50, while Colin de Grandhomme is 7.00 after his 44 from 28 balls last time out.
- NZ Top Bowler: Betway have made Tim Southee – New Zealand’s top bowler last time out – one of three players at 4.00 to be their top bowler this time out. Mitchell Santner and Seth Rance can be backed at the same price, while Ish Sodhi is 4.75.
Sri Lanka vs New Zealand Prediction
New Zealand showed their all-round quality as they won the first match of the series and that was without Guptill or Munro firing. They have the quality to wrap up a series win.