New Zealand and Sri Lanka are ready to face off in the second ODI of the three-match series in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. In the series opener, the home side registered a comfortable 45-run win to go 1-0 up in the match which was played at the same venue on Thursday. Therefore, the Black Caps will enter the contest full of confidence and will be hoping to put a similar show which can help them in sealing the series.
In the batting department, the Kiwis will be depending on the experienced trio of Martin Guptill, captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be one the pace trio of Trent Boult, Matt Henry and Lockie Ferguson to provide timely breakthroughs. However, there are chances that pacer Doug Bracewell might get a go in place of Ferguson in probably the only change expected in the final eleven for the home side.
On the other hand, Sri Lanka will enter the contest knowing that they cannot afford another below-par performance if they are to stay alive in the series. In the batting department, the visitors will be relying on in-form Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella and Dinesh Chandimal to score bulk of the runs, whereas in the bowling department, the onus will be once again on captain Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep and Thisara Perera to provide timely breakthroughs.
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